Mass Poetry Festival 2012

Poet Rita Banerjee will be reading at the 2012 Mass Poetry Festival in Salem, MA!  Rita Banerjee will be a panelist in the “On Writing and Craft” with the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop.  The panel will also feature writers Kathleen Spivack, Diana Norma Szokolyai, Samantha Milowsky, Arto Vaun, and Gregory Crosby.  The panel will take place from 2:45-3:45 pm on Saturday April 21, 2012 at the Salem Community Charter Room 4 .  More details follow below.

The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop (CWW) is a writing studio that offers craft of writing classes, feedback sessions, and in-session writing exercises to emerging and established writers of all genres. The CWW aims to help writers open up their imagination and find a comfortable environment in which to write. In this session, entitled “On Writing and Craft” with the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop, audience members will have a chance to hear and experience some of the writing that CWW participants and writers have produced in and for workshops over the course of the past year. (Examples include collaborative poems from The Blue Notebooks experimental writing projects, “Odradek” pieces, and ekphrastic poetry, and other writing produced from the CWW writing workshops.) The reading portion of the session will be followed by a discussion on “The Craft of Writing.” CWW participants will list some of th e books and exercises, which best helped motivate and sustain their own writing this past year. We will also go over CWW workshop experiences and the kinds of intellectual discussions and debates inspired by the salon atmosphere of the CWW studio in Brooklyn. During this conversation, audience members will be actively invited to ask questions or engage in the conversation on stage. Finally, in the last portion of the programming, audience members will be asked to write based on a prompt. Audience members will have 12 minutes to compose their written pieces, and those who wish to share will have 10-15 minutes to do so. The program will wrap up with a quick Q&A on the experience of writing in-session prompts and participating in writing projects as a larger collective.


Los Angeles Book Festival – 1st Honorable Mention

Rita Banerjee’s chapbook, Cracklers at Night, just placed in the Los Angeles Book Festival!! Cracklers at Night, which was published by Finishing Line Press, received First Honorable Mention for Best Poetry Book of 2011-2012 at the Los Angeles Book Festival!  Awards for the Los Angeles Book Festival were distributed at a ceremony on March 3 at the Roosevelt Hotel, the home of the first Academy Awards, in Hollywood, California.  You can read more about Cracklers at Night and the LA Book Festival award here:

Cambridge Writers’ Workshop AWP Reading

Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Reading
Time: 5-7:15 pm
Location: Danny’s Tavern, 1951 West Dickens Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
Cost: Free

Learn about the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Writing Studio & Literary Salon in Brooklyn, NY and our Summer 2012 Eco-living and Writing Retreat at the Château de Sacy in France (Aug 22-31, 2012). /// The CWW featured writers include Rita Banerjee (author of Cracklers at Night and Co-Director of the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop), Pattabi Seshadri (whose poetry has appeared in Cincinnati Review, American Letters and Commentary, & TYPO), Jessica Piazza (whose poetry collection Interrobang is forthcoming from Red Hen Press), Brandon Krieg (Founding Editor of The Winter Anthology), Rebecca Lindenberg (whose book Love, an Index is forthcoming as the first poetry imprint from McSweeney’s), Marc McKee (author of What Apocalypse?, Fuse, and Bewilderness), Tara Skurtu (whose poems have appeared in Poet Lore, Salamander, The Southeast Review, and Hiram Poetry Review), Derek JG Williams (who puts words in rows both long and short), Colleen O’Brien (whose poems and stories have appeared in North American Review, CutBank, Beloit Poetry Journal, and other journals) and Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein (Director of the MANENO (WORDS) poetry series in Zanzibar, Tanzania). /// Cambridge Writers’ Workshop * 922 Kings Highway * Brooklyn, NY 11223 * Twitter: CamWritersWkshp

Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure

During the month of February 2012, Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure, a wonderful on-line literary journal based out of Boston, MA, and dedicated to all sorts of literary cocktails, tonics, and remedies, published one of Rita Banerjee’s poem.  The following poem, “Expectation,” was published in their Valentine’s Day Potpourri:

     after Gustav Klimt 

She is a woman
of triangle and circle,
made of curled fog
and rolling squares—

I want to hold her there
on my tongue, and know
what the shape and shine
of gold tastes like.

– Rita Banerjee

Cambridge Writers’ Studio Opens in Brooklyn

The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop (formerly based in Cambridge, MA) will be opening a writing studio in Brooklyn, NY on November 25, 2011.  The Cambridge Writers Workshop will be holding creative writing and craft classes at the studio, offer writing residencies, and will also provide information on upcoming on-line writing workshops and the CWW in Sacy, writing and eco-living retreat at the Chateau de Sacy scheduled for August 2012.  You can find out more about the programs and classes offered by the CWW by attending the studio launch here:

Cambridge Writers’ Studio Opening
Friday November 25, 2011 at 7:30 pm
922 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY 11223

Featuring live music, champagne toasts, flash writing prompts, open mics sessions, and electrified readings by Samantha Milowsky, Patrick Rosal, and co-directors Diana Norma Szokolyai and Rita Banerjee.  For information, please visit the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop websites here:  (Please Note that the CWW Brooklyn Studio is part of the 922 Studio Complex on the second floor above Norm’s Music).

Tupelo Press – Lines of Inspiration (Day 31)

The editors at Tupelo Press have created a wonderful poetry project entitled “The Million Line Poem.”  The project invites writers and poets of all creeds to come together on-line as a community to create an exciting, fun, and thought-provoking collaborative poem.  Here are two lines that were featured on Tupelo Press’s Lines of Inspiration for Day 31 of their collaborative poem project:


I bought a box of strawberries today. They were ripe & they were tart. I would like
to share them with you. But not the satisfaction—

– Rita Banerjee

You can read more about the Million Line Poem here:

A Night with Kali (Digitized)

The Brooklyn Art House Co-op has begun to digitize The Fiction Project (2011) collection.  So while the original edition of A Night with Kali can be found at the Brooklyn Art Library in New York, here is a copy of the novella for your reading pleasure: 

A Night with Kali focuses on the story of a young taxi driver from Kolkata named Tamal.  Part coming of age narrative, part mystery, Tamal deconstructs and reconstructs his various encounters with ghosts and the goddess Kali as the novella progresses.  Based on a true-life story, A Night with Kali is part of the “Nighttime Stories” genre of The Fiction Project (2011) collection.

In addition to the digital scan on-line, A Night with Kali is also available for reading at the Brooklyn Art Library, an archive of the Brooklyn Art-House Co-op.  The original novella can be read at:  Brooklyn Art Library, 103A N. 3rd St., Brooklyn, NY 11211 *  Tues-Sun: 12:00-8:00pm (Here is a wonderful preview and review of the Brooklyn Art Library).