Visiting Writer Rita Banerjee

Date: 03.27.2018 - 03.27.2018

Time: 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM

Location: New Hampshire Institute of Art, Emma B. French Hall Rotunda, 148 Concord St. Manchester, NH 03104

This event is free, open to the public and handicap accessible. Questions about this event can be directed to Tim Horvath


Please join us for a reading, talk, and Q&A with Rita Banerjee, as we help her celebrate the recent publication of her phenomenal debut poetry collection, Echo in Four Beats, released by Finishing Line Press. Banerjee’s has written and edited in a wide array of genres and forms; she has published a novella, is co-editor of the anthology CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing, published by C&R Press in March 2018, and she has lectured on everything from Speculative Fiction as a means of catharsis and activism to “...Bengali Detectives and Hindi Noir to Tamil Pulp Fiction: Crime Fiction as Popular Literature in South Asia.” We welcome the public and anyone with an interest in poetry, music, speculative fiction, mythology, or art-making in general to join us for what promises to be a lively, rich evening. Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author, and an NHIA Creative Writing student will be the opening reader, along with joining Rita for a Q & A after the reading.


About the Writer

Rita Banerjee  is the editor of CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing (C&R Press, March 2018) and the author of the poetry collection Echo in Four Beats (Finishing Line Press, February 2018), which was a finalist for the Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Award, Three Mile Harbor Poetry Prize, and Aquarius Press / Willow Books Literature Award, the novella “A Night with Kali” in Approaching Footsteps (Spider Road Press, 2016), and the poetry chapbook Cracklers at Night (Finishing Line Press, 2010). She received her doctorate in Comparative Literature from Harvard and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, and her writing appears in the Academy of American Poets, Poets & Writers, Nat. Brut., The Scofield, The Rumpus, Painted Bride Quarterly, Mass Poetry, Hyphen Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, AWP WC&C Quarterly, Queen Mob’s Tea House, Riot Grrrl Magazine, The Fiction Project, Objet d’Art, KBOO Radio’s APA Compass, and elsewhere. She is the Executive Creative Director of the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop and teaches on modernism, art house film, and South Asian literary theory and aesthetics at the Institute for Indology and Tibetology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in Germany.  She is the judge for the 2017 Minerva Rising “Dare to Speak” Poetry Chapbook Contest, and she is currently working on a novel, a book on South Asian literary modernisms, and a collection of lyric essays. Her work is represented by literary agent Natalie Kimber at The Rights Factory.