Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Gaiutra Bahadur

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Cambridge, MA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2016

Gaiutra Bahadur is a Guyanese-American writer. She is the author of Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture, a narrative history of indenture which was shortlisted in 2014 for the Orwell Prize, the British award for political writing that is artful. She is currently a fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard’s Hutchins Center, where she is at work on a book about Janet Jagan, the first American woman to serve as a head of state.

Bahadur’s reporting and literary criticism have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Nation, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Ms., Lapham’s Quarterly, Dissent Magazine, Foreign Policy, and the Washington Post, among other publications. She was a daily newspaper staff writer for a decade, covering politics, immigration and the war in Iraq for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Austin American-Statesman. For her work as a journalist, she was awarded a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard in 2007-2008.

Bahadur has received creative writing fellowships and grants from the MacDowell, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the feminist arts organization the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Her essay “Of Islands and Other Mothers” appears in the 2016 anthology Nonstop Metropolis (University of California Press, eds. Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro), a literary atlas to New York City.

Her first work of fiction, a short story entitled "The Stained Veil," was published by the Commonwealth Writers Foundation in London at its online literary magazine, addastories.org.



Gaiutra Bahadur worked in the Schelling studio.

Marian MacDowell funded construction of this studio the year that the organization was established and the first artists arrived for residency. It was called Bark Studio until 1933, when it was renamed in honor of Ernest Schelling, a composer, pianist, and orchestral leader who served as president of what was then called the Edward MacDowell…

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