Tishani Doshi

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Tishani Doshi

Doshi at the Brooklyn Book Festival
Born (1975-12-09) 9 December 1975 (age 47)
Madras, India
OccupationPoet, writer, dancer
Alma materJohns Hopkins University
Notable worksSmall Days and Nights (novel), Countries of the Body (poetry)
Notable awardsForward Prizes for Poetry
SpouseCarlo Pizzati

Tishani Doshi FRSL (born 9 December 1975) is an Indian poet, journalist and dancer based in Chennai.[1] In 2006 she won the Forward Prize for her debut poetry book Countries of the Body. Her poetry book A God at the Door has been shortlisted for the 2021 Forward Prize under best poetry collection category.[2] She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2023.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Doshi was born in Madras, India, to a Welsh mother and Gujarati father. She completed a bachelor's degree in the United States, at Queen's College in Charlotte, North Carolina. She graduated with a master's degree in creative writing... from the Johns Hopkins University.[4]


Doshi works as a freelance writer and journalist. She has worked with choreographer Chandralekha.[5] Her short story "Lady Cassandra, Spartacus and the dancing man" was published in its entirety in the journal The Drawbridge in 2007.[6] Her poetry collection, Everything Begins Elsewhere,[7] was published by Bloodaxe Books in the UK in 2012 and by Copper Canyon Press in the US in 2013.

Award winning works[edit]

In 2001, Doshi won the Eric Gregory Award for young poets under 30 years. Doshi's first poetry collection, Countries of the Body was launched in 2006 at the Hay-on-Wye festival on a platform with Seamus Heaney, Margaret Atwood, and others. The opening poem, "The Day we went to the Sea", won the 2005 British Council-supported All India Poetry Prize. The book won the 2006 Forward Poetry Prize for best first collection.[8] Her first novel, The Pleasure Seekers, was published by Bloomsbury in 2010. It was long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2011,[9] and also shortlisted for The Hindu Best Fiction Award in 2010.[citation needed]

Her poetry book Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods[10] was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award in 2018. Her 2019 book, Small Days and Nights, was shortlisted for the 2020 Ondaatje Prize.[11] Doshi has been a finalist at Outlook-Picador Non-Fiction Competition. She also received honorary invitation to the poetry galas of Hay Festival of 2006 and Cartagena Hay Festival of 2007.[citation needed]

Other activities[edit]

Doshi delivered the keynote address at the 13th annual St. Martin Book Fair[12] on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten (St. Martin) in 2015. Her book The Adulterous Citizen – poems stories essays (2015) was launched at the festival by House of Nehesi Publishers.[13]

She writes a blog titled "Hit or Miss" on Cricinfo,[14] a cricket-related website. In the blog, which she started writing in April 2009, Doshi makes observations and commentaries as a television viewer of the second season of the Indian Premier League. She is also collaborating with cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan on his biography, to be published when he retires.[15]


  • 2006: Countries of the Body (poetry)
  • 2008: Conflict and Instability (with [Tobias Hill] and Aoife Mannix)
  • 2010: The Pleasure Seekers (fiction)
  • 2012: Everything Begins Elsewhere (poetry), Bloodaxe Books, UK, 2012; Copper Canyon Press, United States, 2013.
  • 2013: Fountainville (fiction), Seren Books
  • 2013: Madras Then, Chennai Now (with Nanditha Krishna)[16]
  • 2015: The Adulterous Citizen: poems stories essays (House of Nehesi Publishers)[17]
  • 2017: Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods (poetry), HarperCollins, India;[18] Bloodaxe Books, UK, 2018; Copper Canyon Press, United States, 2018.
  • 2019: Small Days and Nights (Bloomsbury)
  • 2021: A god at the door


  1. ^ "Tishani Doshi Profile". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Forward Poetry Prizes Shortlist". The Guardian. 8 June 2021. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  3. ^ Creamer, Ella (12 July 2023). "Royal Society of Literature aims to broaden representation as it announces 62 new fellows". The Guardian.
  4. ^ "Tishani Doshi - Literary Profile". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  5. ^ "A Pleasure to Meet Tishani Doshi interview". Retrieved 11 May 2009.
  6. ^ "Lady Cassandra, Spartacus and the dancing man". The Drawbridge. Winter 2007. Retrieved 11 May 2009.
  7. ^ "Copper Canyon Press: Everything Begins Elsewhere, poetry by Tishani Doshi". www.CopperCanyonPress.org. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Tishani Doshi, 31, wins the £5,000 best first collection prize for Countries of the Body". BBC News. 5 October 2006. Retrieved 11 May 2009.
  9. ^ "Corporate Website of Orange - orange.com". www.OrangePrize.co.uk. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  10. ^ "HarperCollinsPublishers India - Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods". HarperCollins.co.in. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Shortlist for £10,000 Ondaatje Prize announced". Books+Publishing. 21 April 2020. Retrieved 7 May 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ "St. Martin Book Fair - Welcome to House of Nehesi Publishers". HouseOfNehesiPublish.com. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Welcome to House of Nehesi Publishers". HouseOfNehesiPublish.com. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  14. ^ "Hit or Miss main page". Retrieved 11 May 2009.
  15. ^ "First cricinfo article". Retrieved 11 May 2009.
  16. ^ Doshi, Tishani; Krishan, Nandita (2013). Madras Then Chennai Now. Roli Books. ISBN 978-81-7436-914-7.
  17. ^ Doshi, Tishani (4 June 2015). The Adulterous Citizen ― poems, stories, essays. House of Nehesi Publishers. ISBN 978-0996224222.
  18. ^ "HarperCollinsPublishers India - Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods". HarperCollins.co.in. Retrieved 30 October 2017.

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