Richard Natarajan Joseph is a Canadian-Indian writer, journalist and editor. He graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Creative Writing. During his time there, he worked at the Western Gazette, where he regularly wrote popular columns, features and profiles. His investigative piece, "Questionable claims, high-pressure sales tactics alleged by campus chiropractor patients," won the 2019 John H. McDonald Awards for Excellence in Student Journalism.
In 2016, he was also a deputy editor at The Saint, the student newspaper at St Andrew’s University in Scotland. While there, he wrote an investigative feature into sexual harassment in the town’s restaurant industry, entitled "Inside the Hospitality Industry: A Culture of Exploitation?" The feature was shortlisted for the “Write To End Violence Against Women Award” for 2017.
Richard has been published in The Globe and Mail. He was longlisted for the 2019 CBC Short Story Prize, the 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize, and a finalist for the 2020 PEN Canada's New Voices Award. He is currently a master's student in English at McGill University, where he is researching Victorian and contemporary literature, specifically through the work of Charles Dickens and Donna Tartt.