Jhani Randhawa


Author's Bio

Jhani/J F K Randhawa (they/them) is a Kenyan-Punjabi/Anglo-American counterdisciplinary maker, collaborator, and editor. Their work is interested in precarity, queer* ecology, diaspora and migration, spiritual activism, and fugue states. Jhani is the recipient of a Yasmin Fellowship from Millay Arts, and was named a 2021 finalist for the PEN American Emerging Voices Fellowship. Jhani has taken residence and refuge at the Wormfarm Institute, Upaya Zen Center, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, and is a 2022 Deborah Anne McNeely Writer-in-Residence at Writers House Pittsburgh. Their first full-length poetry collection TIME REGIME was selected by Dr. Dorothy Wang (author of Thinking Its Presence: Form, Race, and Subjectivity in Contemporary Asian American Poetry, Stanford University Press) as the 2021 Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize winner. Jhani also corresponds with ghat ghat, an ongoing performative embodiment navigating time, its dismantling, and the feral. They are also a co-founding editor of the experimental arts journal rivulet, with Teo Rivera-Dundas.

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Publications & Prizes

Time Regime (Gaudy Boy, 2022)
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Prizes won: 

2021 Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize Winner (Judge: Dr. Dorothy Wang); 2021 PEN American Emerging Voices Fellowship, Finalist; 2021  تحری Tehreer at the Rights Collective, Shortlist; 2021 Futurepoem Poetry Prize Finalist; 2020 Millay Arts Yasmin Fellowship Recipient; 2020 Radix Media Own Voices Chapbook Prize, Finalist

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir by Binyavanga Wainaina , Epidemic Empire by Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb, Here be Icebergs by Katya Adaui

More Information

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Identifies as: 
BIPOC, LGBTQ, Mixed-Race
Born in: 
Santa Ana, CA
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Last update: Nov 05, 2022