Rita Banerjee was the director of the MFA in Writing & Publishing program at VCFA and is the editor of CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing (C&R Press, May 2018). 

Rita is 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).

She received her doctorate in Comparative Literature from Harvard University and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, and she is a recipient of a Vermont Studio Center Artist’s Grant, the Tom and Laurel Nebel Fellowship, and South Asia Initiative and Tata Grants.

Her writing appears in the Academy of American Poets, Poets & Writers, Nat. Brut., The Scofield, The Rumpus, Painted Bride Quarterly, Hyphen Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, VIDA, The Fiction Project, Objet d’Art, KBOO Radio’s APA Compass, and elsewhere. She serves as the Executive Creative Director of the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop and is an Associate Scholar of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. She is currently working on a novel about a Tamil-Jewish American family in crisis during a post-authoritarian regime, a book on South Asian Literary modernisms, a documentary film about race, intimacy, and voyeurism in the United States and in France, and a collection of essays on race, sex, politics, and everything cool.

  • Judge for the 2019 Vermont Poetry Out Loud State Championship
  • Judge for the 2019 Spider Road Press Flash Fiction Contest
  • Vermont Studio Center Artist’s Grant 2018
  • Judge for the 2017 Minerva Rising “Dare to Speak” Poetry Chapbook Contest
  • “The moon had jackknifed.” Crab Creek Review. Seattle, WA: February 2007. (Winner of the 2006 Crab Pot Poetry Contest)
  • University of Washington Poetry Prize (2006)
  • Evelyn Hamilton Award for Creative Writing (2004)


PhD - Comparative Literature | Harvard

MA - Comparative Literature | Harvard

MFA - Creative Writing | University of Washington

BA - English Honors | Rutgers

Selected work

Erin Stalcup

Faculty, MFA in Writing & Publishing

Miciah Bay Gault

Faculty, MFA in Writing & Publishing; Novel Retreat

Rita Banerjee

Faculty, MFA in Writing & Publishing