Aurvi Sharma

Aurvi Sharma grew up in the Indian hinterland, moving from river to river with her family.

Winner of the 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artists Fellowship
in Nonfiction Literature, Sharma’s essays are notables in the Best American Essays 2017 (“Apricots”) and 2016 (“Eleven Stories of Water and Stone”).

​She has also been awarded the Gulf Coast Nonfiction Prize, the Prairie Schooner Essay Prize, the Wasafiri New Writing Prize, the AWP Emerging Writer Scholarship, a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award, and a Pushcart nomination.

A Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Foundation Scholar in Nonfiction, Sharma has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Santa Fe Art Institute, and Tin House.

As the recipient of the Sarai-CSDS Nonfiction Fellowship, in 2012 Sharma returned to some of her childhood homes and visited the ruins of time located on the banks of dying rivers in North India. She is currently at work on a collection of essays about water.

Sharma’s writing appears in Guernica, Kenyon Review Online, Pleiades, Fourth Genre, Essay Daily, and Everyday Genius.

​A Publishing Associate at Guernica, and a branding consultant at Studio 577, she lives in New York City.


Water Rights 2016/2017



New York, NY USA