Rajeev Balasubramanyam’s first novel, IN BEAUTIFUL DISGUISES (Bloomsbury 2000) won a Betty Trask Prize and was nominated for the Guardian First Fiction Prize. In 2004 he was awarded the Clarissa Luard Prize for the best British writer under the age of 35. His long-awaited second novel, THE DREAMER (HarperCollins 2010) was published to critical acclaim in 2010, based on his Ian St. James Award-winning story of the same title.
Rajeev has a PhD in English, and holds degrees from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. He has lived in London, Manchester, a remote Suffolk beach, Berlin, Kathmandu, and Hong Kong, where he was a Research Scholar in the Society of Scholars at Hong Kong University.
He is a currently a fellow of the Hemera Foundation, for writers with a meditation practice, and has been writer in residence at Crestone Zen Mountain Center and the Zen Center of New York City. His journalism has appeared in VICE, the Washington Post, Salon, London Review of Books, the Rumpus, New Statesman, Media Diversified, Warscapes, and Frieze. He writes a regular blog on spirituality and racism in the USA called AMERICAN PILGRIMAGE – the latest entries can be found on medium.com.
His last book, STARSTRUCK, consists of ten stories each ‘starring’ a celebrity, is now available on Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com or from ThePigeonhole.com. In spring 2017, the first chapter of his newest novel, PROFESSOR CHANDRA FOLLOWS HIS BLISS, will be published in the Missouri Review.