rushi vyas


Author of Poetry Collection When I Reach For Your Pulse

(Forthcoming, Four Way Books, 2023)

Poems and Publications

Selected Poems 




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 Te Whare Wānanga o Ōtākou / University of Otago. He is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection When I Reach For Your Pulse (Four Way Books, 2023) which was a two-time finalist for the National Poetry Series in the US. He earned a B.S. from the University of Michigan and an MFA from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He currently serves as Reviews/Interviews Editor for GASHER Journal. Recent poetry is forthcoming or published in 32 Poems, Tin House, Landfall (NZ), Redivider, Boulevard Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Adroit Journal, Waxwing, and elsewhere.

Born in Ohio, Rushi has called Michigan, Colorado, and New York home, and recently relocated to Ōtepoti Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand with his partner, singer Tessa RomanoRushi 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. A believer in the ability for cultural and artistic practice to help us reimagine the world, he also organizes community readings and works as a reader and editor for literary journals and presses. 


Upcoming Events (in EST unless otherwise noted)

  • 16 October 2020: Virtual Reading at The Muse (VA)

    • w/Amanda Gomez, Amanda Galvan Huynh, Ariel Francisco, and Joy Priest​

    • 7-8pm EST (17 October, Noon NZST), Facebook Live

  • 5 November 2020 (NZ): Ten Perspectives: NZ Poetry Day Reading 

    • w/ nine other Dunedin-based poets

    • 6:30pm NZST, Dunedin City Public Library, 4th Floor 

  • March 2021: Virtual AWP Conference Panel, "Science at the Source: Poetic Methods"

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



Email: rvyas2 [at] gmail [dot] com

Instagram: rushivyaspoet

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