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Suchitra Vijayan

Suchitra Vijayan is an American writer, essayist, activist, and photographer working across oral history, state violence, and visual storytelling. Born and raised in Madras, India, she is the author of the critically acclaimed book Midnight’s Borders: A People’s History of Modern India (Melville House, New York). The book was called “a genre-bending book of nonfiction—made of stories, encounters, vignettes, and photographs—about home, belonging, and displacement.“ Her essays, photographs, and interviews have appeared in The Washington Post, GQ, The Nation, The Boston Review, Foreign Policy, Lit Hub, Rumpus, Electric literature, NPR, NBC, and BBC. As an attorney, she previously worked for the United Nations war crimes tribunals in Yugoslavia and Rwanda before co-founding the Resettlement Legal Aid Project in Cairo, which gives legal aid to Iraqi refugees. As a graduate student at Yale, she researched and documented stories along the Af-Pak border and was embedded with the US forces in Afghanistan. In addition, she is an award- winning photographer, the founder, and executive director of the Polis Project, a hybrid research and journalism organization. She lives in New York.

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