Award-winning author and scholar, Gaiutra Bahadur (Yale, Columbia, Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy, et al.), joins the October 27th Indo-Caribbean Stories event, five years after the release of her internationally beloved book, “Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture,” a personal history of indenture. Her work serves as an anchor of research to the Indo-Caribbean community, and Coolie Woman was shortlisted in 2014 for the Orwell Prize, the British literary prize for artful political writing. Her debut fiction, the short story “The Stained Veil,” appears in the anthology Go Home! (New York: The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2018)  

She is a critic, essayist and journalist. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Book ReviewThe New York Review of Books, Prospect Magazine (in the UK), The Virginia Quarterly ReviewLapham’s QuarterlyDissent, The Boston Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books,  The Nation, Ms. Magazine, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, The Washington Post and elsewhere, as well as in the essay anthologies Nonstop Metropolis and Living on the Edge of the World.  

She is a fellow at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. She is also currently a visiting scholar at the A/P/A Institute at New York University and a non-resident fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University. Her family is from Guyana.