Rita Banerjee


Rita Banerjee is a writer, and received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. She holds an MFA in Poetry and her writing has been published in Poets for Living Waters, The New Renaissance, The Fiction Project, DesiLit, Catamaran, The Crab Creek Review, Amethyst Arsenic, The Dudley Review, Objet d'Art, Vox Populi, Dr. Hurley's Snake-Oil Cure, and Chrysanthemum among other journals.  Her first collection of poems, Cracklers at Night, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2010 and received First Honorable Mention for Best Poetry Book of 2011-2012 at the Los Angeles Book Festival.  Her novella, A Night with Kali, was digitized by the Brooklyn Art-house Co-op in 2011.  She has taught literature and creative writing courses at Harvard University, the University of California, Berkeley, and at the University of Washington as well as for Real Change newspaper in Seattle, WA, the Kalam Project in Kolkata, India, The Munich Readery in Germany, and for the Cambridge Writers' Workshop creative writing and yoga retreats at the Chȃteau de Sacy, the Chȃteau de Verderonne, in New York City, Newport, Rhode Island, Paris, France, and in Granada, Spain.  She is Executive Creative Director of the Cambridge Writers' Workshop, and her writing has been recently featured on KBOO Radio's APA Compass in Portland, Oregon.

Website: http://ritabanerjee.com

Twitter Username: @Rita_Banerjee


  • Cracklers at Night (poems) , Finishing Line Press (November 2010)
  • A Night with Kali (novella) , Brooklyn Art House Co-op (May 2011)


  • Los Angeles Book Festival - 1st Honorable Mention for Cracklers at Night (2012)
  • Crab Pot Poetry Prize for "The moon had jackknifed," (2006)
  • University of Washington Poetry Prize (2006)
  • Evelyn Hamilton Award for Creative Writing (2004)


  • Executive Creative Director at Cambridge Writers' Workshop (September 2008 - )
  • Creative Writing Instructor at The Munich Readery (January 2014 - )


  • Doctoral Degree in Comparative Literature from Harvard University (May 2013)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from University of Washington (May 2006)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Poetry