Recent Highlights (2020-21)

-Tanuja selected this year to be a Good Morning America Inspiration List headliner for ABC’s network-wide project for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2021.

Born Confused included in Best Asian-American Books in both the Los Angeles Times and the New York Public Library’s Recommended Reads

-Tanuja wrote the foreword to Untold: Defining Moments of the Uprooted anthology (Mango & Marigold Press, 2021), a nonfiction anthology featuring more than thirty new Brown womxn writers; Untold is a Vogue Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and LoudMouth Ladkis pick.

-Tanuja’s poetry included in Scholastic’s 100 Reasons to Love Reading (2020).

-featured in Scroll and Apartment Therapy

-featured on the The Woke Desi and 5 Author Questions (5AQ) podcasts.

-Recent events include Tasveer South Asian Litfest, CBS: Literary Mothers: Influence & Inspiration, Boca del Oro Festival (new work Muse of the Girl).

The Woke Desi presents: Tales With Tanuja

Tanuja on The Woke Desi podcast. Interview + her original music from both ‘booktrack’ albums.

Tanuja was recently included in Brown Girl Magazine’s top ten roundup of South Asian women for International Women’s Day 2020 (for writing about the immigrant experience and coming of age as a South Asian woman, and “creating a role model when there wasn’t one”) along with Mindy Kaling, Rupi Kaur, Jameela Jamil, Lilly Singh, Madame Gandhi, Deepica Mutyala, and Kavita Krishnan, as well as key historical firsts figures Noor Inayat Khan and suffragette Sophia Duleep Singh.



An ongoing series by writers/authors in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the publication of Tanuja’s landmark novel: David Levithan, Samira Ahmed, SJ Sindu, Sarvat Hasin, Carlie Sorosiak, Nisha Sharma, Donna Freitas, Sonali Dev, Christina Vortia, Marina Budhos. 


  • BARNES & NOBLE feature (“11 YA Authors Discuss the Role of Faith in Their Lives” by Michael Waters, July 18, 2016)
  • THE PARIS REVIEW review of The Morning Papers tribute to Prince (including Tanuja’s tribute-in-lyrics), June 7, 2016
  • THE AEROGRAM: Tanuja’s tribute-in-lyrics to Prince (‘Happy Birthday Prince!’, June 7, 2016)
  • LIBAS INTERNATIONAL feature: “Losing Your Map” by Nishita Sharma (Volume 28 Issue 2, 2015) (View PDF)


  • JUGNI STYLE (“3 Coming-of-Age Stories for South Asian Teen Girls” by Nimrita Parmar, September 2, 2014)


PRE-2014 PRESS LINKS [in progress]