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Raksha Vasudevan is a literary nonfiction writer and reporter interested in colonialism, race, and climate change. Her essays have appeared in publications including The Threepenny Review, Guernica, The Washington Post, The Believer, and The Offing. Her reporting appears in The New York Times, VICE, The Los Angeles Times, Outside, and GEN Magazine. She has received fellowships and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, and the African Writers Trust. Vasudevan lives in Calgary.

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“Raksha Vasudevan’s manuscript, ‘Crossing into Whiteness,’ is rich with potential to be a modern classic memoir — both an inward, humble exploration as well as a challenging social commentary. Born in India and raised in Canada, Vasudevan grapples with identity, race, and the pressure to conform both in her personal life and while employed as an aid worker. Her deeply reflective and extraordinary writing perspective feels current, crucial, and original. I’m so excited to read more from Vasudevan and help further develop her manuscript.”