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Rita Banerjee


Rita Banerjee is the Director of the MFA in Writing & Publishing program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and the editor of CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing (C&R Press, 2018). She is the author of the poetry collection Echo in Four Beats (FLP, 2018), which was nominated for the 2019 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize at the Academy of American Poets, featured on the Ruth Stone Foundation Podcast, named one of Book Riot’s “Must-Read Poetic Voices of Split This Rock 2018." She is also the co-writer with David Shields of Burning Down the Louvre (2020), a documentary film about race, intimacy, and tribalism in the United States and in France.

Rita Banerjee received her doctorate in Comparative Literature from Harvard University and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. Her writing appears in Academy of American Poets, Poets & Writers, Hunger Mountain, Nat. Brut., The Scofield, The Rumpus, Mass Poetry, Hyphen Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, Vermont Public Radio, KBOO Radio’s APA Compass, and elsewhere.

In 2008, she co-founded the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop at Harvard University with Diana Norma Szkolyai and serves as its Executive Creative Director. She is currently working on a novel and a collection of lyric essays on race, sex, politics, and everything cool. Her writing is represented by agents Jeff Kleinman and Jamie Chambliss of Folio Literary Management. You can follow her at ritabanerjee.com or on Twitter @Rita_Banerjee