Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Bharti Kirchner (Seattle) is the prolific author of eight books—four novels and four cookbooks. Her fourth novel, Pastries: A Novel of Desserts, was selected for the Summer Washington Reads program. Darjeeling, a third novel, received endorsements from top national authors. Shiva Dancing, her first novel, was chosen by Seattle Weekly to be among the top 18 books by Seattle authors in the last 25 years. (“A finely crafted novel,” says Publisher’s Weekly.) Sharmila’s Book, her second novel, was published by Dutton. (“Smart, swift, and funny,” said Publisher’s Weekly.) Bharti has won two Seattle Arts Commission literature grants.

Bharti's short story has been included in USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series.

She used her 2011 GAP to complete Goddess of Fire: A Novel and make it ready for submission to agents and editors. Set in the 17th Century India, Goddess of Fire traces the rise to power of Moorti, a young village girl employed as a servant by the East India Company. Bharti also hired a freelance editor to read the manuscript and provide feedback.

Other noteable achievements for Bharti is that she also received a 2012 CityArtist Project award from Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, as well as a 1995 GAP.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.