rushi vyas


Author of Poetry Collection When I Reach For Your Pulse

(Forthcoming, Four Way Books, 2023)

Poems and Publications

Selected Poems 


Review of Arrow by Sumita Chakraborty, forthcoming in Gasher 

Review of The Voice of Sheila Chandra by Kazim Ali, forthcoming in Asian American Literary Review

"Small Fictions to Un-bugger the World" Review of Three New Zealand prose books in Landfall Review Online 2019

Review of Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong


Interview with Terrell Jamal Terry 



Runner-Up / 2020 Center for Book Arts Chapbook Contest 

Finalist / 2019 and 2018 National Poetry Series 

Semi-Finalist / 2019 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award

2018 VONA Voices Poetry Residency w/ Craig Santos Perez

Runner-Up / 2018 Indiana Review Poetry Prize

2017 Tin House Poetry Workshop w/ Roger Reeves 



Teacher / Career Coach / Curriculum Developer

  • Assistant Director, Career Services at New York University (2018-2019)

  • Lead Graduate Instructor in the Department of English at the University of Colorado-Boulder (2017-18)

  • Creative Writing Instructor at the University of Colorado-Boulder (2015-18)

  • Designed Psychology seminar with Dr. Richard Mann, Psychology 121-The Meaning of Life and Death (2014-15)

  • Career Advisor at the University of Michigan (2011-13)

  • Co-Founder and Curriculum Developer at Beyond Bounds (2012-2014)



Through application of reflective exercises, deep listening, experiential learning, and counseling techniques, I facilitate individuals to connect to their own creativity and deepen their ability to understand the world around them. In classroom and group settings, I engage peers and colleagues with one another to foster a sense of ownership and investment in each others' success. In one-on-one settings, I challenge individuals to ask difficult questions of themselves, while supporting them toward tangible action-steps. Whether the end goal is writing a better poem, interrogating unquestioned assumptions and ideas, or sifting through the career world to create a fulfilling life, I facilitate to help individuals create and uncover the best solutions for them. 



Rushi Vyas is a writer, educator, and current PhD student at the University of Otago. He earned a B.S. from the University of Michigan and an MFA from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Rushi has served as a Career Advisor at the University of Michigan, a Curriculum Developer and Co-Founder at an education based start-up, Assistant Director of Career Services at NYU, and Teacher of Creative Writing and Psychology at the University level. He is passionate about the intersections between art and education. He has organized readings and worked as an editor for literary journals and presses.  

Rushi recently relocated to Dunedin, Aotearoa/New Zealand with his partner, singer Tessa Romano. He is a PhD student in English at the University of Otago. He is working on a collaborative manuscript with the poet Rajiv Mohabir in addition to editing and finalising his first full-length collection of poetry, a 2-time National Poetry Series Finalist (US). Recent poetry is forthcoming or published in 32 Poems, Tin House, Redivider, Boulevard Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Adroit Journal, Waxwing, and elsewhere. 


Upcoming Events

  • 4 March 2020: San Antonio, TX, AQR Contributor Showcase, Offsite AWP Reading

    • La Villita Cafe, 418 Villita St., 6:30pm-8pm​

  • 6 March 2020: San Antonio, TX, AWP Conference Panel, "Science at the Source: Poetic Methods"

    • w/ Rosalie Moffett, Nomi Stone, John James, and Kathryn Nuernberger

    • Room 006a Henry B. González Convention Center, Riverlevel, 10:35-11:50am

  • 18 March 2020: Dunedin, Aotearoa/NZ, Dog with Two Tails Poetry Night hosted by the Octagon Collective

    • MC for featured readers Michelle Elvy and Silen Wellington, Dog with Two Tails Cafe, 8pm 


Email: rvyas2 [at] gmail [dot] com

Instagram: rushivyaspoet

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