Kanika Agrawal


Author's Bio

Kanika Agrawal is a hybrid specimen raised in six countries on four continents.

She studied biology at MIT, where she came to love restriction enzymes and fluorescent labeling. She earned an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and a PhD in English/Creative Writing from the University of Denver, and she taught academic and creative writing at both institutions.

Her work appears or is forthcoming in Best American Experimental Writing 2020, Black Warrior Review, filling Station, Foglifter, Notre Dame Review, SAND, and various SF&F publications.

Publications & Prizes

Okazaki Fragments (Oversound, 2020)
Prizes won: 

Fellowship, 2020 Spring Residency, Vermont Studio Center; Fellowship, 2019 Fall Residency, The MacDowell Colony; Poetry Fellow, 2019 Lit Fest Fellowship for Emerging Writers (Judge: Bhanu Kapil), Lighthouse Writers Workshop; Finalist, 2019 Eliza So Finish-Your-Book Fellowship, Submittable; Finalist, 2019 BOAAT Book Prize, BOAAT Press; Finalist, 2019 First Book Poetry Competition, Cleveland State University Poetry Center; Finalist (final results pending), 2019 Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize, Singapore Unbound; Semifinalist, 2019 Berkshire Prize, Tupelo Press; Semifinalist, 2019 Snowbound Chapbook Award, Tupelo Press; Winner (Fiction), 2019 Boulder Short Short Contest, Writing By Writers; Winner, 2018 Oversound Chapbook Prize (Judge: Solmaz Sharif), Oversound; Winner, 2018 Flash Contest (Judge: Jennifer S. Cheng), Black Warrior Review; Runner-up, 2018 Poetry Contest (Judge: Vanessa Angélica Villarreal), Black Warrior Review; Winner (Dwarf form), 2017 Poetry Contest (Judge: Nikia Chaney), Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone by Eduardo Galeano, The Mind Is Flat by Nick Chater, EXTRATRANSMISSION by Andrea Abi-Karam

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
South Asian
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Disability, Homelessness, Illness/Wellness, Immigration, Incarcerated individuals, LGBTQ, Mental Health, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Schools, Teachers, Women
Fluent in: 
English, Hindi
Born in: 
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Last update: Aug 13, 2019