Sujash Purna


Springfield, MO

Author's Bio

Bangladeshi-born Sujash Purna is a graduate student at Missouri State University. A poet based in Springfield, Missouri, he serves as an assistant poetry editor to the Moon City Review. His poetry appeared in South Carolina Review, Naugatuck River Review, Kansas City Voices, Poetry Salzburg Review, English Journal, Stonecoast Review, Red Earth Review, Emrys Journal, Prairie Winds, Gyroscope Review, and others. His first book of poems, Biriyani, came out from Ohio's Poet's Haven Author Series in 2018.

Publications & Prizes

English Journal (National Council of Teachers of English, 2019)
Yearning to Breathe Free (Moonstone Press, 2019)
Epidemic of Nostalgia (Finishing Line Press, 2021)
Biriyani (Poet's Haven, 2018)
Prizes won: 

Wax Poetry and Art Poetry Prize

Semifinalist for the Luminaire Award for Best Poetry

North American Review Writers’ Conference Proposal Contest

Esalen Writers’ Camp Fellowship (Finalist)

Poetry Matters Project Contest (Honorable Mention)

Erbacce Press Poetry Prize 2020 (Longlist)

Paper Nautilus Vella Chapbook Prize 2020 (Finalist)

Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize 2020 (Semifinalist)


Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Terrance Hayes, Ocean Vuong, Danez Smith, Lyn Hejinian, Morgan Parker, Dilruba Ahmed, Ross Gay, Anis Mojgani, Major Jackson, Agha Shahid Ali, Kaveh Akbar, Louise Glück, Tarfia Faizullah, Juan Felipe Herrera, Ilya Kaminsky, Rae Armantrout, Forrest Gander, Jericho Brown, Ada Limón, and Naomi Shihab Nye.
What I'm reading now: 
Appropriate: A Provocation by Paisley Rekdal

More Information

Gives readings: 
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Identifies as: 
Asian American, Indian American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Immigration, Schools, Teachers
Fluent in: 
Bengali;Bangla, English
Born in: 
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Last update: Apr 02, 2021