Rita Banerjee

Author's Bio

Rita Banerjee is the Executive Creative Director of the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop and teaches in the Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures at Rutgers University. 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 Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, Painted Bride Quarterly, Mass Poetry, Hyphen Magazine, 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, in Approaching Footsteps (Spider Road Press), released in November 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, a book on South Asian literary modernisms, and a collection of lyric essays.

Publications and Prizes

Journals: 
Amethyst Arsenic, Catamaran: South Asian American Writing, , Chrysanthemum, Crab Creek Review, Dr. Hurley's Snake-Oil Cure, Electric Literature, Painted Bride Quarterly, Poets & Writers, Poets for Living Waters, Quail Bell, Queen Mob's Tea House, The Monarch Review, The Rumpus
Chapbook: 
Cracklers at Night
(Finishing Line Press, 2010)
Prizes Won: 
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)

More Information

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Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Fluent in: 
Bengali;Bangla, English, French, German, Hindi, Japanese
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Last updated: Feb 18, 2017