About Rishi Reddi


Rishi Reddi’s debut collection, Karma and Other Stories, was the winner of the 2008 PEN New England / L.L. Winship prize for fiction. Her short stories have been aired on National Public Radio, performed at New York City’s Symphony Space, published in Best American Short Stories, and chosen for the Boston Book Festival’s all-city read: “One City, One Story.” Her essays and translations have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Asian American Literary Review, and the Partisan Review. She has received grants and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the United States Department of State, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Rishi was born in Hyderabad, India, and lived in Great Britain and several regions of the United States before attending Swarthmore College and Northeastern University School of Law. She has practiced environmental law for state and federal government for twenty-five years and served on the boards of Grub Street, Boston’s creative writing center (www.grubstreet.org), and SAALT, a national nonpartisan organization that represents the South Asian-American community (www.SAALT.org). She has also served as the Massachusetts legislative liaison for Amnesty International USA. She lives in Cambridge, MA.