ByRoohi Choudhry

Roohi Choudhry's writing has appeared in Callaloo, Open City, CURA, and is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review and The Normal School. She teaches at the Gotham Writers' Workshop in New York City and is currently working on a novel set in Durban, South Africa.

  1. I am early and alone, and this might have been enough to set me apart from the crowd. Ticket in hand, I am waiting for the collector to open his booth for the first Robben Island tour of the day. In the vaulted-ceiling departure area, all dark wood and slate and frosted glass, Robben Island's history is sketched as a timeline across three walls. In the 1600s, the Dutch cast their unfit slaves and political…