A black sheep to some, misunderstood by many, Rashri Shamsundar is from the land of misfits. But on paper, I was born in Guyana, located in South America. I find empowerment in alternate perspectives of what may seem "negative" through the ability to authentically embrace and express my individuality.
I am currently completing my MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Queens College and I am Senior Editor for Young Hot & Modern magazine. My Bachelor's degree from the City University of New York Hunter College focused on English Literature, Language & Criticism. In 2018, my short story "Invasion of the Germs" was published by Tin House in the anthology: Girls Write Now: Two Decades of True Stories from Young Female Voices.
Hands on volunteer work is a serious interest of mine. I started volunteering through school projects at the beginning of high school when I was fourteen. I worked with organizations such as: Housing Works Book Store, The Harvard Kennedy School of Human Rights, and The Anti-Violence Project.
Girls Write Now is the non-profit closest to my heart, I was first a mentee in the program but maintained affiliation with the community for over a decade. I recently volunteered with GWN on-call and hope to continue to support this very special mentoring and writing organization directed to under-privileged NYC high school girls.