Rita Banerjee

Author's Bio

Rita Banerjee is the editor of CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing (C&R Press, March 2018) and the author of the poetry collection Echo in Four Beats (Finishing Line Press, February 2018), which was a finalist for the Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Award, Three Mile Harbor Poetry Prize, and Aquarius Press / Willow Books Literature Award, the novella “A Night with Kali” in Approaching Footsteps (Spider Road Press, 2016), and the poetry chapbook Cracklers at Night (Finishing Line Press, 2010). Her work appears in the Academy of American Poets, The Rumpus, Poets & Writers, Nat. Brut., The Scofield, Hyphen Magazine, Electric Literature, Painted Bride Quarterly, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She is the Executive Creative Director of the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop and an Associate Scholar of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, and teaches on modernism, art house film, and South Asian literary theory at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich in Germany. She is the judge for the 2017 Minerva Rising “Dare to Speak” Poetry Chapbook Contest and she is currently working on a novel about a Tamil-Jewish American family in crisis during a post-authoritarian regime, a book on South Asian Literary modernisms, a documentary film about race and voyeurism in the United States and in France, and a collection of essays on race, sex, politics, and everything cool.

Publications and Prizes

Books: 
CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos & Sourcebook for Creative Writing
(C&R Press, 2018)
, Echo in Four Beats
(Finishing Line Press, 2018)
Journals: 
Amethyst Arsenic, Catamaran: South Asian American Writing, , Chrysanthemum, Crab Creek Review, Dr. Hurley's Snake-Oil Cure, Electric Literature, Hyphen, 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: 
Finalist for the Three Mile Harbor Poetry Book Prize (2017); 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

Listed as: 
Poet
Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Fluent in: 
Bengali;Bangla, English, French, German, Hindi, Japanese
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Last updated: Nov 19, 2017