Kartika Budhwar writes about the porous borderlands where myth meets history, where fiction meets memory, where the colonizer and colonized come together, where languages spar and fuse, where gender and sexuality collapse upon themselves, where the supernatural and the organic have equal claim.
She is the runner up for the Indiana Review Fiction Prize, the runner-up for the Arts and Letters Fiction Award and a Finalist for the Frank Mc Court Memoir Prize.
She has an MFA in Creative Writing from NCSU and is currently a Third Year candidate in the MFA program for Creative Writing and Environment. She has received the CWE Fellowship, the Hogrefe Grant, a Graduate Teaching Award, and a Summer Writer in Residence at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory. These generous gifts of time and resources have allowed her to enjoy teaching young people, finish the first draft of a novella on sea turtles and goddesses, and a collection of short pieces about the inhabitants of aforementioned borderlands; the young, the migrant, the queer, the homeless, the non-human, the linguistic and cultural orphans of our age.