Nishta J. Mehra


Nishta J. Mehra was raised among a tight-knit network of Indian immigrants in Memphis, Tennessee. As a result, she has very strong opinions about both hot tea and pork barbecue, and she is a damn fine cook. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Rice University and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and spent fifteen wonderful years in middle-and-high-school classrooms before chronic pain forced a career change. She now spends her days caregiving and writing in Houston, Texas. The author of two essay collections–The Pomegranate King and Brown White Black–Mehra explores with honesty and curiosity her experiences as a queer woman, first-generation American, adoptive parent, and human of conscience on this fragile planet. She will stop to pet all the dogs and she is always in the mood for tacos.

Festival Years: 2024