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rushi vyas

Poet, Writer 
Available Now: Between Us, Not Half a Saint with Rajiv Mohabir
(in Print and e-Book) 

Poetry Collection When I Reach For Your Pulse
(Forthcoming, Four Way Books, 2023)

Poems and Publications

Selected Poems 

Musical Collaborations

Poems in Album Booklet for Streams by Yuma Uesaka and Marilyn Crispell

"Three Songs to Poems by Rushi Vyas" Song Cycle for Voice, Cello, Bass Clarinet, and Tanpura by composer Andrew Perkins

"How Alive You Are" Song Cycle for Voice and Piano by composer Kenneth Young (In-Progress)




Finalist / 2020 Newfound Anzaldúa Poetry Prize

Finalist / 2020 Quarterly West Chapbook Contest


Longlist / 2020 Palette Poetry Prize

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), Check out Mission Collaborative



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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, and the co-author of the chapbook Between Us, Not Half a Saint, with Rajiv Mohabir. 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 The Georgia Review, Indiana Review, Pigeon Pages, Landfall (NZ), Redivider, Boulevard Magazine, Tin House, The Offing, Adroit, Waxwing, and elsewhere.

Born in Ohio, Rushi has called Michigan, Colorado, New York home, and is a recent immigrant 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. 

His current research is interested in the intersections between ritual and poetry, particularly in relation to colonization and decolonial practices. In particular, he is interested in ritual as a behavioral form through which to connect to cultural inheritances, and to question complicity in colonial systems. In addition to critical research, he is engaged in a practice of creative rituals.


Upcoming Events

  • Arrowtown Launch for A Clear Dawn: New Asian Voices from Aotearoa New Zealand (AUP)

    • 9th June 2021, Lakes District Museum and Gallery, 7pm ​

  • Ōtepoti Dunedin Book Launch for A Clear Dawn: New Asian Voices from Aotearoa New Zealand (AUP) 

    • 10th June 2021, Dunedin Public Library (Moray Place), 6pm​

  • Invercargill Launch for A Clear Dawn: New Asian Voices from Aotearoa New Zealand (AUP)​

    • 11th June 2021, He Waka Tuia, 6pm​



Email: rvyas2 [at] gmail [dot] com

Instagram: rushivyaspoet