Geeta Kothari



Geeta Kothari is the nonfiction editor of the Kenyon Review and Director of the Writing Center at University of Pittsburgh.  She is also a long-time popular instructor at Kenyon Review's summer adult workshop in both fiction and nonfiction.  

Her latest project is a book about her mother's remarkable journey as a young woman all alone in the 1950s, having left India and its restrictive pressures to forge a distinguished career in the United Nations despite the prejudice against women and race.

"Geeta Kothari’s guidance with my novel draft helped tremendously. Before I began working with her, I struggled with weaving together two different time periods in my novel. Geeta was able to quickly diagnose the problem and direct me back on track. Working through the issues in my novel with Geeta and Nancy gave me the confidence and the clarity to move forward with my project and eventually publish the novel." -- Meredith Doench, Crossed.

"I thought Nancy was a good teacher, but then I had Geeta." -- Kit Irwin



She is the two-time recipient of a fellowship in literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in various anthologies and journals, including New England Review, the Kenyon Review, Massachusetts Review, Great Jones Street, and others. Her essay "If You Are What You Eat, Then What Am I?" is widely taught in universities and reprinted in several anthologies, including in Best American Essays. 


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Geeta's latest book, I Brake for Moose and Other Stories, is forthcoming from Braddock Avenue Books. She is the editor of ‘Did My Mama Like to Dance?’ and Other Stories about Mothers and Daughters.

Geeta Kothari's winning essay in  Best American Essays  is widely taught.

Geeta Kothari's winning essay in Best American Essays is widely taught.