Rita Banerjee is a writer, and received her doctorate in Comparative Literature from Harvard University in May 2013. She received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Washington in 2006, and while in Seattle, taught creative writing classes for Real Change newspaper and served as a Writer-in Residence for the Powerful Writers/Pipeline Project. She has also taught creative writing classes for the Kalam Project in Kolkata, India and worked as a Literary Arts Fellow for the Dudley House at Harvard University. She has published her creative work in Catamaran, The Crab Creek Review, The Dudley Review, Objet d’Art, Vox Populi, and Chrysanthemum among other journals. She is a co-director of the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop in Cambridge, MA, and her new work has been featured in The New Renaissance, DesiLit, Poets for Living Waters, Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure, Amethyst Arsenic, and The Fiction Project. Her first collection of poems, a chapbook entitled Cracklers at Night, was recently published by Finishing Line Press in December 2010 and received 1st Honorable Mention for Best Poetry Book of 2011-2012 at the Lost Angeles Book Festival. Her writing has also been recently featured on HER KIND by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and on KBOO Radio’s APA Compass in Portland, Oregon.