Dipika Mukherjee

Poet, Fiction Writer

Chicago, IL 60605

Author's Bio

Dipika Mukherjee is the author of the novels Shambala Junction, which won the UK Virginia Prize for Fiction, and Ode to Broken Things, which was longlisted for the Man Asia Literary Prize. Her short story collection is titled Rules of Desire (Fixi, 2015) and she has two poetry collections, The Third Glass of Wine (Writer’s Workshop, 2015), and The Palimpsest of Exile (Rubicon Press, 2009). She has been mentoring Southeast Asian writers for over two decades and has edited five anthologies of Southeast Asian fiction. She is Contributing Editor for Jaggery and frequently writes for World Literature Today, Asia Literary Review and Chicago Quarterly Review as well as for the media in Malaysia and India.

She is core faculty at StoryStudio Chicago, teaches at the Graham School at University of Chicago, and is affiliated to the Buffet Institute for Global Affairs at Northwestern University. She holds a PhD in English (Sociolinguistics).

Publications & Prizes


Shambala Junction (Theatre Communications Group, 2017)
Ode to Broken Things (Penguin Random House, 2016)
Rules of Desire (Fixi Novo, 2015)
Asia Literary Review
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Amsterdam! (New Writing Dundee, 2009)
My Death (Pilot Pocket Books, 2009)
The Palimpsest of Exile (, 2009)
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Prizes won: 


2018 First Place Winner, Fay Khoo Award for Food+Drink Writing (Reportage), Malaysia

Shambala Junction. Winner of the 4th Virginia Prize for Fiction. Aurora Metro Books, (UK, 20160)

Liakoura Prize for Poetry (USA, 2016)

Winner of the Gayatri GaMarsh Memorial Awards for Literary Excellence (English Category), Ananda Mandir, New Jersey ($500). 2014.

Thunder Demons, Unpublished Novel, Longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize (July 2009)

The Roof, The Sky, First Prize in Platform Flash Fiction Competition, April 2009. Platform: Writer’s Edition, May-June 2009, 96.


More Information

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Identifies as: 
South Asian
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Fluent in: 
Bengali;Bangla, English, Hindi, Urdu
Born in: 
New Delhi
Raised in: 
New Delhi, Geneva, Jakarta, Wellington, Kuala Lumpur
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Last update: Jul 03, 2019