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Sumita Chakraborty is a poet, essayist, and scholar. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, as well as a Lecturer in English and Creative Writing, at Emory University. Beginning in Fall 2019, she will be Helen Zell Visiting Professor in Poetry at the University of Michigan, where she will teach in literary studies and in creative writing.

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). She is poetry editor of AGNI Magazine and art editor of At Length.

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

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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