Namrata Verghese is a writer and academic. Currently, she’s a graduate student at Stanford, working on a JD and PhD in Modern Thought and Literature. In 2019, she graduated from Emory University summa cum laude as a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar. She recently earned an MA with Distinction in Postcolonial Studies at SOAS University of London, which she used as an excuse to watch Bollywood movies for “research.”
Her work has appeared in Catapult, Teen Vogue, Tin House, Pleiades, The Offing, World Literature Today, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She was the winner of the 2021 Postcolonial Studies Association's Postgraduate Essay Competition. She’s received honors from Nimrod International Journal of Poetry and Prose, Litro Magazine, Spider Road Press, and more. Her work has been supported by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Her prose chapbook was published by Speaking Tiger Books in 2019.
She's an immigrant, a Malayali, a former competitive Bollywood dancer, a double Cancer (sun and moon, which, honestly, explains a lot). She—like you, probably—is working on a novel. Find her mildly spicy takes on Twitter and Instagram @namrataverghese.