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Misha Rai


Misha Rai
Misha Rai

Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature and Creative Writing

List Center 111C
Phone 315-859-4122

Misha Rai comes from Kenyon College where she was a Kenyon Review fellow in prose. Rai is a Shirley Jackson Award-nominated writer, whose work has received support from the Whiting Foundation, the Ucross Foundation, MacDowell, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Dana Award in the Novel Category.

She is the first-ever and only fiction writer to be awarded a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies for creative work. An Edward H. and Mary C. Kingsbury Fellow, Rai received the George M. Harper Award. Her essay, “To Learn About Smoke One Must First Light a Fire,” winner of the Dogwood Literary Prize in Nonfiction is listed as a Notable Essay in the 2019 Best American Essays anthology. Rai's prose appears in a number of journals and anthologies.

Recent Courses Taught

Multi-Genre Writing
Novella Writing
Intro to Fiction Writing
Techniques of Short Prose
Adaptation: Novel to Screen
Intensive Writing or TV
Studying Manga
Writing Under Censorship

Research Interests

history of the novel, the political novel, the transnational novel, fiction, nonfiction, emergency narratives, literary suspense, archival research in creative writing, literary journalism, exile and memory, eco-writing, marginalized perspectives on narrative craft

Distinctions

  • Whiting Writer’s Aid Award, The Whiting Award and UCROSS, 2020
  • Notable Essay, “To Learn About Smoke One Must First Light a Fire,” Best American Essays Anthology, 2019
  • Finalist, “What We Know,” The Shirley Jackson Award for Edited Anthology 2019
  • Finalist, Charles Pick South Asia Fellowship, University of East Anglia, UK, 2018
  • Winner, Dogwood: A Journal of Prose and Poetry Creative Nonfiction Contest for “To Learn About Smoke One Must First Light a Fire,” 2018
  • Finalist, The Iowa Review Awards in Nonfiction for “To Learn About Smoke One Must First Light a Fire,” 2018
  • Winner, Novel-in-progress Blood We Did Not Spill, Dana Award in the Novel, 2016
  • Winner, The Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies for Novel-in-progress, Blood We Did Not Spill, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, 2016-17

Select Publications

Short Fiction

  • “Twenty Years Ago,” The Kenyon Review, Nov/Dec Issue 2020
  • “Lessons in Loss,” The Cincinnati Review Online 2020
  • “What We Know,” Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Murder and Mystery 2018
  • “Bluebottle, Mississippi Review 2018

Nonfiction and Critical Writing

  • “Introduction,” Art and The Moment, Kenyon Review Online 2021
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  • “Introduction to The Short Fiction Contest 2020,” Kenyon Review 2021
  • “Introduction,” On Books and Their Harbors, Kenyon Review Online 2020
  • “We Don’t Need Your Little History,” Kenyon Review Online 2019
  • “Introduction,” Proof Casts a Shadow, Kenyon Review Online 2019
  • “To Learn About Smoke One Must First Light a Fire,” Dogwood: A Journal of Prose and Poetry 2018
  • “The Genealogy of a Killer,” Ninth Letter 2018

Professional Affiliations

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Appointed to the Faculty: 2021

Educational Background

Ph.D., Florida State University
M.F.A., Bowling Green State University
M.A., University of Leicester
B.A., University of Delhi

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