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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

Verve Poetry Festival (Birmingham, UK): Two events! February 14-17, 2019.

On February 16 and February 17, I’m giving two readings in the UK at the Verve Poetry Festival: one is the Saturday night headliner in which I’m reading with Sophie Collins and Vahni Capildeo, and the other is a solo reading on Sunday of my long poem “Dear, beloved” in full. Please see the full lineup, which is truly extraordinary, as well as the schedule and ticket information on the Verve website.

ACLA (Washington, DC): Seminar on “Environment and Loss.” March 7-10, 2019.

If you happen to be attending the American Comparative Literature Association’s conference this year, please join the incredible discussions promised by the seminar on “Environment and Loss” (Stream B). My contribution is on Lucille Clifton’s spirit-writing, and the other papers promise to be very exciting. I will link to the full schedule when it’s posted.

AWP (Portland, OR): Two events! March 28-31, 2019.

I’ll be participating in two panels: a reading called “The Poetics of Oblique Violence” (with Nomi Stone, Sara Eliza Johnson, and Roy Guzmán) and an editorial discussion titled “Editing Patriarchy: Women Editors Respond to Historic and Restorative Justice.” The full calendar can be found on AWP’s website.

Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA): April 18-19, 2019.

I’m thrilled to be visiting my alma mater soon for a visit to a class, a reading, and a few other events. More details forthcoming.

In the future: ASLE and more …


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