Rita Banerjee judges the 2019 Vermont Poetry Out Loud State Championship at Vermont’s PBS Studios

PrintRita Banerjee will serve as a judge for the 2019 Vermont Poetry Out Loud State Championship.   The Poetry Out Loud Championship will take place on Monday, March 18 from 5-7 pm EST at Vermont’s PBS Studios and will be broadcast on PBS and live-streamed online here: https://www.facebook.com/VermontPoetryOutLoud/

More than 5,000 high school students have participated in Poetry Out Loud in Vermont this year.  During the March 18 Poetry Out Loud Championship, judges will review the performances of the 10 finalists, and choose three top-scoring student poets. Two of those students will receive cash prizes and poetry books for their school library. One of those students will move forward to a national competition in Washington, DC.

Congratulations to State Champion Vera Escaja-Heiss & Runner-Up Sam Bulpin!!!

Disobedient Futures Anthology – Open for Submissions

Rita Banerjee and Diana Norma Szokolyai will be editing Disobedient Futures, a new speculative literature and art anthology by the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop, which is now open for submissions until February 14, 2019!

Cambridge Writers’ Workshop welcomes submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, mixed-genre work, plays, and screenplays on the topic of “Disobedient Futures” for our new speculative literature anthology. Writers are encouraged to imagine what the future cultures of America and the world might look like, and submit their work on the following topics:

Disobedient Women: How might women, feminists, female-identifying, and/or non-binary individuals disobey and reconfigure our understandings of power and femininity and masculinity in the future?

Disobedient Tribes: What if Americans found a way to subvert racial categories and challenge tribalism and cultures of fear? How might tribes disobey the rules of the game and create new types of community identities and cultural bridges?

Disobedient Class: Could Americans in the future overcome systems of class oppression and capitalist gluttony? How might individuals in the future subvert class hierarchies?

Disobedient Futures: Tell us what the future cultures of America and the world have in store. How might the emerging generations of today and tomorrow reconfigure today’s value systems, challenge today’s modes of violence, oppression, and power, and create new visions of society? Give us your best speculative writing which explores the possibilities and disruptions of disobedient futures.

Writers are welcome to submit utopian, dystopian, parallel history, futuristic, alternative reality, speculative essay, and even purely speculative fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and theatre. Optimistic and pessimistic tales of the future are welcome in equal measure, but gratuitous violence and discrimination are not. Poetry submissions should be 3-5 pages in length. Prose submissions can be 10-20 pages in length.  Excerpts from longer works with synopses are welcome. Visual art related to these categories of Disobedient Futures is also welcome.  Submit your retelling of the future today!

Submit your work at cww.submittable.com
Deadline: February 14, 2019

Rita Banerjee’s Hindi / English poem “One Night” (एक रात में) feat. on Soundcloud

Rita Banerjee’s Hindi poem, “एक रात में” (“Ek Rāt Meṃ,” “One Night”) is now available for streaming through Tahoma Literary Review‘s Soundcloud.  You can listen to the original Hindi and English translation of the poem here.  A copy of the Hindi poem follows below:

एक रात में

मैंने एक रात बािरश के हाज़ार नाच सुने
चूड़ी की तरह आकाश टुकड़े टुकड़े हो गया
गली के आइने में पृथ्वी उलटी लगी
पानी के िहलने से सब दुिनया बदलने लगी
और मेरी तस्वीर भी दूसरी हो गई
चारों तरफ़ आकाश के नाच में
असली दुिनया नक़ली लगने लगी
और पानी के एक एक टुकड़े में
चाँद हँस रहा था।

Banerjee’s Hindi / English poem “One Night” (एक रात में) is featured in Issue 13 (December 2018) of the Tahoma Literary Review.  You can order a copy of Issue 13 of The Tahoma Literary in print or on Kindle.

Rita Banerjee will judge the 2019 Spider Road Press Flash Fiction Prize

Rita Banerjee will judge the 2019 Spider Roard Press Flash Fiction Prize.  Spider Road Press is proud to sponsor the annual Spider’s Web Flash Fiction Prize to recognize unpublished flash fiction featuring a complex, female-identifying protagonist! Entries to the 2019 Spider’s Web Flash Fiction Prize will be accepted from February 17, 2019 to May 17, 2019. The contest is open to writers of all genders.  Writers can begin submitting their Flash Fiction entries to the contest on February 17 at: https://spiderroadpress.submittable.com/submit

About the Judge:

Rita Banerjee is the Director of the MFA in Writing & Publishing program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.  As a writer, she is the co-editor (with Diana Norma Szokolyai) of CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing (C&R Press, May 2018), and the author of the poetry collection Echo in Four Beats (Finishing Line Press, March 2018), which was named one of Book Riot’s “Must-Read Poetic Voices of Split This Rock 2018”, was nominated for the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and was selected by Finishing Line Press as their 2018 nominee for the National Book Award in Poetry.  Banerjee is also the author of the novella “A Night with Kali” in Approaching Footsteps (Spider Road Press, 2016), and the poetry chapbook Cracklers at Night (Finishing Line Press, 2010).  As a filmmaker, she is the co-writer and co-director (with David Shields) of Burning Down the Louvre (April 2019), a documentary film about race, intimacy, and tribalism in the United States and in France.  Her work appears in Poets & Writers, Nat. Brut., Hunger Mountain, and elsewhere.  Her writing is represented by literary agents Jeff Kleinman and Jamie Chambliss of Folio Literary Management.

Rita Banerjee’s Hindi / English poem “One Night” (एक रात में) feat. in the Tahoma Literary Review

Rita Banerjee’s Hindi poem, “एक रात में” (“Ek Rāt Meṃ,” “One Night”) is featured in Issue 13 (December 2018) of the Tahoma Literary Review.  You can order a copy of Issue 13 of The Tahoma Literary in print or on Kindle.  On the poem, Banerjee writes:

“When I was a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley and working on my dissertation on South Asian literary modernisms, I took a wonderful Hindi Literature and Language course with the unforgettable Usha Jain.  In class, we read satirical and socially and psychologically subversive works by Premchand and Sa’ādat Hasan Manto in their original Hindi and in Hindi translation from Urdu. During class, Usha Jain encouraged us to write poems, essays, and stories, in Hindi, too. This poem, “One Night,” is meant to be a nod towards the dark humor Premchand and Manto espoused, especially during troubled times.”

You can read more about the featured poem here.

Applications Open for the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Spring in New Orleans Writing Retreat (March 14-17, 2019)!

The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Spring in New Orleans Writing Retreat will take place from March 17-22, 2019. Known for its Spanish and French architecture, live jazz, cajun food, and street festivals, New Orleans offers an inspirational and one-of-a-kind environment for creative writers. During the retreat, we will be staying in the lovely Algiers Point neighborhood, just a short ferry ride away from the Historic French Quarter.  The faculty includes award-winning writers & playwrights: Stephen AubreyCarly Dwyer, Rita Banerjee, and Diana Norma Szokolyai. All genres welcome. Genres include playwriting, nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. This year, we will also be exploring writing for live action roleplay (LARP) theater with an expert. If you’d like to join us in New Orleans, please apply online at cww.submittable.com by February 5, 2019. More info: cww.nyc 

Book Riot: Christina M. Rau Recommends CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing

In Book Riot‘s “2 Contemporary Books to Get You Writing,” poet Christina M. Rau reviews and recommends Rita Banerjee and Diana Norma Szokolyai’s craft of writing book CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing (C&R Press, May 2018).  In the review, Rau writes:

CREDO offers a more in-depth swell of writing craft.

For writers who want motivation by way of the profound, this anthology offers philosophical essays about writing. These essays address why we write and how we write creatively. The philosophy behind building the craft appears as a way to urge writers to hone their own skills.

For writers who are looking to be inspired by the creative writing of others, there are literary snippets. Read a poem by Camille Rankine. Read some prose by Caitlin Johnson. Then write your own poetry and prose.

For writers who want a more pragmatic approach, creative writing exercises also appear. These are prompts in various genres available to any writer looking to write in any way.  Both You/Poet and CREDO urge writers to continue to create through writing.”

You can read the full review of CREDO  on Book Riot here.