Urvashi Bahuguna’s debut poetry collection, Terrarium (originally called Mudscope), was selected for the 2017 Emerging Poets Prize by Aimee Nezhukumatathil and will be published on 8th February, 2019 by The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective. Aimee described the collection 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, a Sangam House fellowship, an Eclectica Spotlight Author Prize, a TOTO Award for Creative Writing, a Wingword Poetry Prize, and nominations for Best of the Net and the Pushcart 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).
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 the work of women writers.
Her second book, a collection of personal essays on mental health, will be out with Penguin Random House in 2020.