Assam author Aruni Kashyap selected as Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellow

Author Aruni Kashyap from Assam has been selected as a Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellow for the academic year 2024-25.

Aruni Kashyap is currently an associate professor of English & Creative Writing and the director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Georgia, Athens.

A year-long Radcliffe fellowship provides the opportunity to intensely pursue ambitious projects in the unique environment of the institute. “Each fellowship class is drawn from some of the most thoughtful and exciting contemporary scholars in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and arts—along with writers, journalists, playwrights, and other distinguished professionals. For this year’s historic 25th anniversary class, Radcliffe accepted just 3.3 per cent of applicants,” said a statement on May 10.

Aruni Kashyap is a writer and translator from Assam. He writes in English and Assamese. He is the author of ‘His Father’s Disease: Stories’ and the novel ‘The House With a Thousand Stories’. Along with editing a collection of stories called ‘How to Tell the Story of an Insurgency’, he has also translated two novels from Assamese to English, published by Zubaan Books and Penguin Random House.

Recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Faculty Research Grants in the Humanities and Arts Program, Arts Lab Faculty Fellowship, a Willson Centre Fellowship, and the Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship for Creative Writing to the University of Edinburgh, his poetry collection, ‘There is No Good Time for Bad News’ was nominated for the 58th Georgia Author of the Year Awards 2022, a finalist for the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize and Four Way Books Levis Award in Poetry.

His short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Catapult, Bitch Media, The Boston Review, Electric Literature, The Oxford Anthology of Writings from Northeast, The Kenyon Review, The New York Times, The Guardian UK, and others.

Kashyap is a Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Fellow.

“As a former fellow and dean of the institute, I know firsthand the impact that a Radcliffe fellowship can have. In the current moment, I have never felt more certain that Radcliffe’s approach—its embrace of interdisciplinary research and discourse across difference—is crucial to generating transformative art, scholarship, and writing” said Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Daniel PS Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, and professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

“This talented class of fellows promises to do great things that will deeply impact how we live in today’s world.”

This year’s Radcliffe fellows will be part of a unique interdisciplinary and creative community that will step away from routines to tackle projects that they have long wished to move forward. Throughout the academic year, fellows convene regularly to share their work in progress with the community and public. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate the past, present, and future.

Speaking about his selection, Aruni Kashyap said: “I am deeply honored and thrilled to receive this honor. I couldn’t have done it without the help of my friends, family, colleagues, and mentors. During the fellowship year, I look forward to writing a novel set in the US and Assam and researching the Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library.”

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