Sujash Purna


Madison, WI
Wisconsin US

Author's Bio

Sujash Purna is a poet and photographer. A PhD fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he is the author of "Epidemic of Nostalgia'' (Finishing Line Press) and “Biriyani” (Poet’s Haven). His poetry appeared in South Carolina Review, Hawai`i Pacific Review, Kansas City Voices, Poetry Salzburg Review, Gutter, Stonecoast Review, and others. One of his creative essays won the Moon City Review Student Creative Non-Fiction Contest last fall. His photography can be found on Instagram @poeticnomadic


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)
Journals: ,
California State Poetry Quarterly
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Harbinger Asylum
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Off the Coast
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Prairie Winds
Red Earth Review
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Prizes won: 

Brain Mill Press National Poetry Month Contest 2023 (Winner)

Moon City Review Student Creative Non-Fiction Contest 2022 (Winner)

Wax Poetry and Art Poetry Prize (Third Place)

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: 
Constellating Home by V. Jo Hsu

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
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Last update: Jun 23, 2023