Dr. Namrata Poddar
California, United States
Member Since: 09/16/2014
Namrata Poddar is a (first-generation) Asian American writer of fiction and nonfiction and Interviews Editor for Kweli where she curates a series called “Race, Power, and Storytelling.” For about two decades, her work has explored the intersection of storytelling, race, class, gender, place and migration. Her literary scholarship has focused on stories of colonialism and postcolonial resistance, environmentalism, tourism and multiculturalism in small islands; she has published in English and in French in various anthologies on the Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Ocean. Her creative nonfiction looks at the ways in which contemporary multiethnic literature decenters white, male or western assumptions in both literary and popular storytelling while her fiction explores the lives of transnational Asian diaspora. Her work has appeared in Longreads, Literary Hub, Transition, Poets & Writers, The Margins, The Progressive, Electric Literature, CounterPunch, VIDA Review, The Kenyon Review (forthcoming) and elsewhere. She is currently a contributor to The Los Angeles Times for the art and sociocultural diversity of Orange County too. She holds a Ph.D. in French Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, an MFA in Fiction from Bennington College and Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Transnational Cultures from UCLA. She has spoken on contemporary global storytelling in conferences across the world taught the same at different institutions in India and the US. Originally from India, she has lived in different parts of the world and currently calls Huntington Beach in California home.
You can follow her on Twitter: @poddar_namrata or on Instagram @writerpoddar and at a work-in-progress microblog on Desi fashion @stylegully.
Twitter Username: @poddar_namrata
Genres of Interest
Fiction, Creative nonfiction