Rita Banerjee is the Executive Director of Kundiman and the Creative Director of the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop. She received her doctorate in Comparative Literature from Harvard and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, and her writing appears in The Rumpus, Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, AWP WC&C Quarterly, Queen Mob’s Tea House, Riot Grrrl Magazine, The Fiction Project, Objet d’Art, KBOO Radio’s APA Compass, and elsewhere. Her first collection of poems, Cracklers at Night (Finishing Line Press), received First Honorable Mention for Best Poetry Book of 2011-2012 at the Los Angeles Book Festival, and her novella, A Night with Kali (Spider Road Press), is forthcoming in October 2016. Finalist for the 2015 Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Award and the 2016 Aquarius Press Willow Books Literature Award, she is currently working on a novel and book of lyric essays.
Publications and Prizes
Cracklers at Night (Finishing Line Press, 2010)
Amethyst Arsenic, Catamaran: South Asian American Writing, , Chrysanthemum, Crab Creek Review, Dr. Hurley's Snake-Oil Cure, Electric Literature, Poets for Living Waters, the new renaissance, The Rumpus
Shortlisted for Aquarius Press Willow Books Literature Award (2016);
Finalist for Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Award (2015);
Los Angeles Book Festival - 1st Honorable Mention for Cracklers at Night (2012); Crab Pot Poetry Prize for "The moon had jackknifed," (2006); University of Washington Poetry Prize (2006); Evelyn Hamilton Award for Creative Writing (2004)
Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Listing last updated: August 10, 2016
Travels for readings?
Bengali;Bangla, English, French, German, Hindi, Japanese