I offer manuscript consults for fiction featuring characters of color and sensitivity reads for stories including Hindu culture, South Asian diaspora culture, migration, or neurodiversity. Best-selling novelist Courtney Milan notes that I “was thoughtful, detailed, and provided solid, actionable points that really helped me visualize how I could make the book better. I highly recommend her work.”
I have worked with authors writing literary fiction, MG, YA, and romance, and would love to have a look at an excerpt from your work to see if we are a good fit. For rates and availability, send me an email at rashenka (at) gmail (dot) com.
Who am I?
I am a Pennsylvania native who lives and teaches in Arctic Norway. My writing has or will appear in, amongst other venues, The Toast, Midnight Breakfast, and Electric Literature. A recent short story, “Ahoy,” was selected for Best Small Fictions 2021, and another, “A Year in the North,” was a finalist for the Prime Numbers Magazine Short Fiction Prize, and was nominated for a Best of the Net Award by The VIDA Review.
I have served as a reader for The Rumpus, an intern for Ayesha Pande Literary, Reviews Editor for Africa in Words, and Fiction Editor for Boston Accent Lit, where I convened the Accent Prize. I am a former AWP and Binders mentee and a Bread Loaf, VONA, and Tin House alumna.
My translation of the seminal Mauritian novel Blood-Red Sweat [Lal Pasina] will be released in 2022 with Prabhat Publications, New Delhi. My novella, Where the Sun Will Rise Tomorrow, won the Galaxy Galloper Novella Spectacular Award, and was published through that now-shuttered press in March 2020. Jaggery Lit called it “fearless and breathtaking.” I am currently at work on a novel.