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Tishani Doshi (born 9 December 1975[1]) is an Indian poet, journalist and dancer based in Chennai.

Tishani Doshi
Tishani Doshi at the Brooklyn Book Festival
Tishani Doshi at the Brooklyn Book Festival
Born (1975-12-09) 9 December 1975 (age 43)
Madras, India
OccupationPoet, writer, dancer


Born in Madras, India, to a Welsh mother and Gujarati father, she received an Eric Gregory Award in 2001. Her first poetry collection, Countries of the Body, won the 2006 Forward Poetry Prize for best first collection.[2] She was invited to the poetry galas of the Guardian-sponsored Hay Festival of 2006 and the Cartagena Hay Festival of 2007. Her first novel, The Pleasure Seekers, was published by Bloomsbury in 2010 and was long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2011,[3] and shortlisted for The Hindu Best Fiction Award in 2010.

She writes a blog titled "Hit or Miss" on Cricinfo,[4] a cricket-related website. In the blog, which she started writing in April 2009, Tishani 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.[5]

She works as a freelance writer and worked with choreographer Chandralekha until the latter's death in December 2006.[6] She graduated with a master's degree in creative writing from the Johns Hopkins University.

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 Competition; she was also a finalist in the Outlook-Picador Non-Fiction Competition.

Her short story "Lady Cassandra, Spartacus and the dancing man" was published in its entirety in the journal The Drawbridge in 2007.[7]

Her poetry collection, Everything Begins Elsewhere,[8] was published by Bloodaxe Books in the UK in 2012 and by Copper Canyon Press in the US in 2013.

Her most recent book of poetry, Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods,[9] was published by HarperCollins India in 2017. The UK edition, published by Bloodaxe Books in 2018, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award.

Tishani Doshi delivered the keynote address at the 13th annual St. Martin Book Fair[10] 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.[11]


  • 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, USA, 2013.
  • 2013: Fountainville (fiction), Seren Books
  • 2015: The Adulterous Citizen: poems stories essays (House of Nehesi Publishers)[12]
  • 2017: Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods (HarperCollins India)[13]
  • 2018: Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods (poetry), Bloodaxe Books, UK; Copper Canyon Press, USA.
  • 2019: Small Days and Nights (Bloomsbury)


  1. ^ "Tishani Doshi" at PoemHunter.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ "Corporate Website of Orange -". Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Hit or Miss main page". Retrieved 11 May 2009.
  5. ^ "First cricinfo article". Retrieved 11 May 2009.
  6. ^ "A Pleasure to Meet Tishani Doshi interview". Retrieved 11 May 2009.
  7. ^ "Lady Cassandra, Spartacus and the dancing man". The Drawbridge. Winter 2007. Retrieved 11 May 2009.
  8. ^ "Copper Canyon Press: Everything Begins Elsewhere, poetry by Tishani Doshi". Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  9. ^ "HarperCollinsPublishers India - Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods". Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  10. ^ "St. Martin Book Fair - Welcome to House of Nehesi Publishers". Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Welcome to House of Nehesi Publishers". Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  12. ^ Doshi, Tishani (4 June 2015). "The Adulterous Citizen ― poems, stories, essays". House of Nehesi Publishers. Retrieved 30 October 2017 – via Amazon.
  13. ^ "HarperCollinsPublishers India - Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods". Retrieved 30 October 2017.

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