Thursday, June 20, 2024

Bishakh Som

Bishakh is an Indian-American trans femme visual artist and author. Her work has appeared in The New YorkerWe’re Still Here (The first all-trans comics anthology), Beyond, vol. 2, The Strumpet, The Boston Review, Black Warrior Review, VICE, The Brooklyn Rail, Buzzfeed, Ink Brick, The Huffington Post, The Graphic Canon vol. 3 and Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream. She received the Xeric grant in 2003 for her comics collection Angel
Her graphic novel Apsara Engine (The Feminist Press) is the winner of a 2021 L.A. Times Book Prize for Best Graphic Novel and a 2021 Lambda Literary Award winner for Best LGBTQ Comics. Her graphic memoir Spellbound (Street Noise Books) was also a 2021 Lambda Literary Award finalist.  

Bishakh has illustrated two books about architecture: The Prefab Bathroom: An Architectural History, (McFarland Press) and Cocktails and Conversations: Dialogues on Architectural Design (AIA New York). 

Bishakh’s artwork was featured in solo shows at ArtLexis Gallery and at Jaya Yoga Center and in group shows at The Society of Illustrators in New York, the Bannister Gallery at Rhode Island College, Issyra Gallery, the Grady Alexis Gallery, De Cacaofabriek in the Netherlands and most recently at Art Omi in Ghent, NY.  You can see her work at

Exceprt from “Swandive” from the graphic novel Apsara Engine
Excerpt from “Apsara Engine” from the graphic Novel Apsara Engine.
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  1. […] Bishakh Som spoke to us from Brooklyn. She reported that her neighborhood was returning to some semblance of normal with people going out to eat and drink. Som was in Manhattan when we spoke, preparing to teach an in-person class, a new world for her in many ways. An author and artist, Som has published two graphic works (more information below in the reading section of this newsletter). She is now at work on a third book having spent much of 2020 wanting to do so but finding she was not in the right frame of mind. Instead, she worked on a series of small paintings through 2020, now turning her attention to this new, long-form book project. To hear more about her work, both written and visual, listen to the complete interview. […]


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