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Rita Banerjee

Author's Bio

Rita Banerjee is a writer, and received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. She holds an MFA in Poetry and her writing has been published in Poets for Living Waters, The New Renaissance, The Fiction Project, DesiLit, Catamaran, The Crab Creek Review, The Dudley Review, Objet d'Art, Amethyst Arsenic, Vox Populi, Dr. Hurley's Snake-Oil Cure, and Chrysanthemum among other journals. Her first collection of poems, Cracklers at Night, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2010 and received First Honorable Mention for Best Poetry Book of 2011-2012 at the Los Angeles Book Festival. Her novella, A Night with Kali, was digitized by the Brooklyn Art-house Co-op in 2011. She has taught literature and creative writing courses at Harvard University, the University of California, Berkeley, and at the University of Washington as well as for Real Change newspaper in Seattle, WA, the Kalam Project in Kolkata, India, the 2012 Eco-living and Writing Retreat the Chateau de Sacy, and the 2013 Yoga and Writing Retreat at the Chateau de Verderonne in Picardy, France. She is Co-Director of the Cambridge Writers' Workshop, and her writing has been recently featured HER KIND, a blog powered by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and on KBOO Radio's APA Compass in Portland, Oregon.

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, Poets for Living Waters, the new renaissance
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)

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Listing last updated: July 9, 2013

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Bengali;Bangla, English, French, German, Hindi, Japanese

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