Raj Tawney

essayist / journalist / poet

Contributor to New York Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Hill, O, the Oprah Magazine and over 40 publications.

Featured Poet in The Iowa Review's National Poetry Month 2020 series.

Working on a screenplay about true events in my life.

Accepting pitches and ideas. Email me.

© Raj Tawney. All rights reserved.



For The Voter Who Cares About a President's Public Image (McSweeney's)

Why movie houses matter, more than ever (The Hill)

Adopting a Dog during the Pandemic (The Bark)

Contrariwise: Let's Stop Bashing Millennials (The Saturday Evening Post)

Moving into my in-laws' could've infantilized me. But we worked to make it empowering. (NBC News)

The Ramblings of a Young Curmudgeon (F(r)iction Literary Magazine)

Robert De Niro has arrived, again. (Berlin Film Journal)

An Eventual Friendship (Best Friends Magazine)

Martin Scorsese brings Philly’s Frank Sheeran to Netflix with ‘The Irishman’ (Broad Street Review)

A Crash-Course in Indian Cooking (New York Magazine)

Grandma Elsie's Rich Life Lessons (Reminisce Magazine)

I went 24 hours with no coffee. Here’s how it went (The Boston Globe)

Blinded by the Light Reminds Us That We're All the Same—Regardless of Skin Color (O, the Oprah Magazine)

Remembering Anthony Bourdain (LA Weekly)

How a stray cat brought my neighborhood together for the very first time (HelloGiggles/Yahoo)

Doris Day, my grandma and me: A reflection on family on the movie star’s birthday (New York Daily News)

I'm a born and bred New Yorker — but I've realised this year that I have to leave (The Independent)

Was I Love Lucy Ahead of Its Time? (Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/Emmys.com)

A Mind Blown Upon Learning John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme' Was Written on Long Island (Long Island Press)

At home, a mom. At the hospital, a professional nurse. (Newsday)

Resolution For 2019: Find a Common Ground (The Daily Rant)

New generations loving Sinatra in the digital age (The Desert Sun)

It Took Me 30 Years To Come To Terms With Half Of My Identity (Huff Post)

We’ll always want to sit in the dark at the movies (Miami Herald)

A general friendship at the movies (Newsday)


South Asian Arts Resiliency Fund Gives Hope to Artists During Pandemic (Hyphen Magazine)

Covid-19 and Wildlife Trade Bans (The Ecologist)

Humans' Enduring Toll on the Galapagos Island (MIT's Undark Magazine (Republished in Popular Science))

The Dave Brubeck Quartet's 'Time Out' at 60: Inside Jazz's First Million-Selling LP (Billboard Magazine)

‘Rock ‘n’ Roll High’ at 40: How the Ramones and a Rebellious Female Lead Invaded Theaters (Variety)

A sport that lost track of its main asset (Newsday/amNY)

Sharks aren't the enemy, we are (The Epoch Times)

Sammy, the one-winged bald eagle, snatched from wildlife refuge (TreeHugger)

Sinatra, civil-rights champion: A side of Frank not many people know (New York Daily News)


Commercial virus (QuarantineDreams (Italy))

‘Hey Techies, Checking In’ (San Francisco Chronicle)

What would Martin Luther King, Jr. think of the future? (The Iowa Review)

Trip to the Supermarket During a Pandemic (L.A. TACO)

The Business End of COVID-19 (Indolent Books)

Oscar Viewing Party at My Woke Friend's House (Entropy Magazine)


I'm Raj Tawney, a born-and-raised New Yorker, and a proud multiracial American (of Indian, Italian, Puerto Rican) descent. I write many personal stories from my own unique perspective. I also write about everything that drives my curiosity and stokes my passions – from Hollywood history to human and environmental causes to current events shaping our society. Simply put, I write with purpose.

I've contributed to major publications, including New York Magazine, The Boston Globe, Variety, O, the Oprah Magazine, LA Weekly, New York Daily News, Billboard, MIT's Undark Magazine and many others. I've also contributed to important smaller publications, including F(r)iction, Broad Street Review, Entropy Magazine, L.A. TACO and others.

Aside from writing, I've hosted on TV for Zee North America, Namaste America and Public Television; and live events for Gold Coast International Film Festival, North Fork TV Festival, The Mudra Foundation and at numerous universities and cinemas.

I'm a storyteller. Period.

Aside from my work, I'm a proud husband, and father of three senior citizen parrots and one young pup.


Feel free to reach out with any tips, pitches or ideas.

Thank you

I'll get back to you soon.