Urvashi Bahuguna’s debut poetry collection, Mudscope, was selected for the 2017 Emerging Poet’s Prize by Aimee Nezhukumatathil and will be published in 2018 by The Great Indian Poetry Collective. Aimee described Mudscope as “charming and powerful [with the] terrain and radiant heart of these poems prickling and shimmering with a vibrancy hardly ever seen in a debut.”
Her work has been recognized by a Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship, Sangam House fellowship, an Eclectica Spotlight Author Prize, a TOTO Award for Creative Writing, and a Wingword Poetry Prize. She has also recently been shortlisted for the Beverly Prize.
Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Orion, SOFTBLOW, The Nervous Breakdown, Eclectica Magazine, The Fourth River, Barely South Review, Kitaab, Jaggery, The Four Quarters Magazine and elsewhere. Her writing has been anthologised in Aquanauts (Sidekick Books, 2017) and Modern English Poetry by Younger Indians (Sahitya Akademi, 2018).
A poetry pamphlet, containing twenty poems, will be released on March 1st, 2018 by Eyewear Books (UK). During 2017, she will be one of ten Indian and Pakistani artists creating collaborative art in The Pind Collective.
She was awarded an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom in 2014. She grew up in Goa, and currently lives and works in Delhi.
Her essays on culture, books, and mental health have appeared or are forthcoming in OPEN Magazine, The Hindu Business Line, Scroll, The Wire, Brown Paper Bag, DailyO and others. Over the years, she has interviewed poets, novelists, and graphic novelists from India. In particular, she has focused on women and other marginal voices.