NINA SHARMA is a writer from Edison, New Jersey. Her work has been featured in Anomaly, Longreads, The Grief Diaries, Banango Street, The Margins, The Blueshift Journal, Teachers & Writers Magazine, The Asian American Literary Review, Drunken Boat, Certain Circuits Magazine, The Feminist Wire, Reverie: Midwest African American Literature, and Ginosko Literary Journal. She was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her essay, “Not Dead.” Her essay, “The Bride’s Goodbye” was nominated for Best of the Net 2017 anthology. Her essay “The Way You Make Me Feel” won first place in the 2016 Blueshift Prizes for writers of color, judged by Jeffrey Renard Allen and appears in The Blueshift Journal‘s Brutal Nation feature. She also was recently awarded a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center and a diversity scholarship from The Magnet Improvisation Theater.
She is formerly the Director of Public Programs at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and with Quincy Scott Jones, she co-created the Nor’easter Exchange: a multicultural, multi-city reading series. She has an MA from Columbia University’s American Studies, Liberal Studies program and an MFA from Columbia’s School of the Arts writing program, where she concentrated in nonfiction. She was awarded a fellowship to teach in Columbia’s Undergraduate Writing Program, where she was a lecturer in the interdisciplinary pilot program, University Writing: Human Rights. A 2017 Asian Women Giving Circle grantee, she will lead her AWGC-funded workshop, “No-Name Mind: Stories of Mental Health from Asian America” in the Spring of 2018.