Rajiv Mohabir


A Guyanese man with a salt-and-pepper beard kneels on the beach, in front of a green mountain. He wears a long-sleeve, red and light-orange patterned shirt, and blue jeans. He has thick black framed glasses, a silver nose ring, and silver rings on his left hand.

Poet, memoirist, and translator, Rajiv Mohabir is the author of four books of poetry including Cutlish (Four Way Books 2021) which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and recipient of the Eric Hoffer Medal Provocateur. His poetry and nonfiction have been finalists for the 2022 PEN/America Open Book Award, the Lambda Literary Award in Poetry and in Nonfiction, the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction, and both second place and finalist for the Guyana Prize for Literature in 2022 (poetry and memoir respectively). His translations have won the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the American Academy of Poets in 2020. Whale Aria (Four Way Books 2023) is his fourth collection of poetry and currently he is an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Colorado Boulder.


Craft Chap cover for Rajiv Mohabir's Between Influecne and Inspiration.