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Sumita Chakraborty is a poet, essayist, and scholar. She is Helen Zell Visiting Professor in Poetry at the University of Michigan, where she teaches literary studies and creative writing. Previously, she was Visiting Assistant Professor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, as well as Lecturer in English and Creative Writing, at Emory University.

Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry 2019, and elsewhere; her essays most recently appear in the Los Angeles Review of Books; her scholarship appears or is forthcoming in Cultural Critique, Modernism/modernity, College Literature, and elsewhere. She received her doctorate in English with a certificate in WGSS from Emory. In 2017, she received a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and in 2018, her poem “And death demands a labor” was shortlisted for a Forward Prize for Best Single Poem by the Forward Arts Foundation (UK). Formerly, she was poetry editor of AGNI Magazine and art editor of At Length. She is a proud alumna of Wellesley College.

She is working on a scholarly book project titled The Poetics of Ethics in the Anthropocene. Her first book of poems, Arrow, is forthcoming in September 2020 with Alice James Books in the U.S. and Carcanet Press in the U.K.

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

“Writers for Migrant Justice” reading. On September 4, 2019, cities all over the U.S. will be holding protest/readings to benefit the Writers for Migrant Justice fundraising initiative. The Michigan satellite reading will be held in Ann Arbor on U-M’s Diag at 7pm; our reading is splitting proceeds 50%/50% between One Michigan and Immigrant Families Together. We’ll have 17 readers and 50 free broadsides to give away to the first 50 attendees. Please check out our Facebook event, and feel welcome to contact any of the hosts—Tariq Luthun, Hannah Ensor, and myself—with any questions:

Reading at White Lotus Farms in partnership with One Pause Poetry, September 12, 7-9pm, Ann Arbor, MI. I’m thrilled to be reading with Camille Dungy at this truly stunning venue. Event link will be posted when available.

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