Born in India and raised in Canada, Raksha Vasudevan is a journalist and former aid worker.
She has reported on issues of race, environmental justice, and "progress" for The New York Times, VICE, The Guardian, Outside, and High Country News, where she is also a contributing editor. Her essays and commentary on colonial legacy and family estrangement appear in The New York Times Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Guernica, Hazlitt, The Washington Post, and LitHub, among others. Her work has been nominated for a Canadian National Magazine Award, two Pushcart Prizes, a Best of the Net award and listed as "Notable" in Best American Essays 2020 and 2021.
Raksha has received support from the Writers' Trust of Canada, the Canada Council of the Arts, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creating Writing. She is also an alumna of AWP's writer-to-writer program, the Tin House Winter Workshop and VONA. In 2023, Raksha will be a resident at the Virginia Center for the Arts (VCCA), Ragdale Foundation, and The Writer’s Room at the Betsy Hotel.
She's working on a memoir about family legacy and colonialism.
You can also find Raksha on Twitter or send her an email.