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Reddi is a graduate of Swarthmore College, where she studied English, and the Northeastern University School of Law. In 2001, she earned a master's degree in creative writing from Boston University. Alongside her writing career, she has been an enforcement attorney for the state and federal environmental protection agencies, as well as a lawyer for the Massachusetts Secretary of Environment.
Her book Karma and Other Stories received the 2008 L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award. Rishi Reddi’s work was chosen for Best American Short Stories 2005, featured on National Public Radio’s “Selected Shorts” program, and received an honorable mention for 2004 Pushcart Prize. She has been a Fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the recipient of an Individual Artist’s Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
She serves on the board of directors of South Asian American Leaders of Tomorrow (www.saalt.org).
She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with daughter and son. She adopted son from India in 2016. Divorced.
- Reddi's website
- Interview in Nirali magazine
- Meet the Newest Indian literary star Rediff - January 3, 2006
- Rishi Reddi talks about growing up bicultural in the US, from the web-only interview series, WGBH One Guest
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