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Sumita Chakraborty is Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, as well as a Lecturer in English and Creative Writing, at Emory University. Her poetry, criticism, and scholarship appears or is forthcoming in POETRYThe American Poetry Review, the Los Angeles Review of BooksCultural Critique, Modernism/modernity, and elsewhere. She is poetry editor of AGNI Magazine and art editor of At Length, and holds a doctorate in English with a certificate in WGSS from Emory. She received a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation in 2017, and, in 2018, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem by the Forward Arts Foundation. She is working on a scholarly book project titled The Poetics of Ethics in the Anthropocene, and her first book of poems, Arrow, is forthcoming in September 2020 with Alice James Books in the United States and Carcanet Press in the United Kingdom.

Selected media

Forward Arts Foundation in Conversation with Sumita Chakraborty (June 2018).

"Dinnerview: Sumita Chakraborty." With Danielle Susi. Entropy (April 11, 2018).

"Rapid-Fire with Sumita Chakraborty." Shoreline Review (March 2018).

"Editors Talk Poetry Rejections: Sumita Chakraborty, AGNI." Frontier Poetry (February 5, 2018).

"Sumita Chakraborty on 'Dear, beloved.'" With Don Share and Lindsay Garbutt. Poetry Magazine Weekly Podcast (April 24, 2017). 

Forthcoming events

Reading and Workshop at Kennesaw State University, sponsored by the Georgia Writers Association: September 15, 2018, KSU Center, Room 300, 12:00-2:00p.m. Link.

The Forward Prizes for Poetry Ceremony, September 18, 2018, Southbank Centre, London, UK, 7:00p.m. Link.

Roundtable: "Reading The Waste Land in the Age of #MeToo." The T. S. Eliot Society's 39th Annual Meeting, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, September 21, 2018, 4:10-5:40p.m. Link.

In the future: The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference in Portland, OR; Verve Poetry Festival in Birmingham, UK, and more. 


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