Nam like numb, ta like tha, ghese like geese


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 or is forthcoming in Catapult, Teen Vogue, Tin House Online, 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 ProseLitro Magazine, Spider Road Press, and more. Her first collection of short stories was published by Speaking Tiger Books in 2019.


She's an immigrant, a Malayali, an infrequent sketcher, a 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. 

Namrata    Verghese

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