Sumita Chakraborty

Sumita Chakraborty is a poet, public critic, and scholar who hails from Boston, Massachusetts and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Her writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in POETRY, the American Poetry Review, The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Cultural Critique, and elsewhere; she serves as poetry editor of AGNI Magazine and art editor of At Length. In 2017, she received a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.

She is Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, as well as Lecturer in English and Creative Writing, at Emory University, where she received her doctorate. She is at work on her first scholarly book project, titled The Poetics of Ethics in the Anthropocene, which forges connections between lyric poetry and ethics. Her first collection of poems, Arrow, is forthcoming from Alice James Books in the US and from Carcanet Press in the UK in September 2020.

Forward Prizes History:

  • 2018 Forward Prizes for Best Single Poem, shortlisted for ‘And death demands a labor’ (PN Review)