Born in India and raised in Canada, Raksha Vasudevan is an essayist, journalist and former aid worker. She has reported stories of environmental justice and the harms of economic “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, and LitHub, among others. Her work has been nominated for a Canadian National Magazine Award and listed as “Notable” twice in Best American Essays.

Raksha is working on a reported memoir about estrangement and colonial legacy based on her time as an aid worker in Africa. Excerpts from this book have received fellowships and grants from the Canada Council of the Arts, the Writers’ Trust of Canada, the Vermont Studio Center, the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, The Writer’s Room in Miami’s Betsy Hotel, and the Mountain Field Farm Residency in Alaska. Raksha has also received support and residencies from Ragdale, the Community of Writers Workshop in Squaw Valley, the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, and The African Writers Trust. 

She currently lives in Denver with her partner and dog. 

Raksha is represented by Amanda Orozco and Noelle Falcis Math.

Welcome Raksha!