SMITA AGARWAL

SMITA AGARWAL, North Indian

Smita Agarwal is a poet and professor of English. She attended Loreto Convent in Delhi, before pursuing her higher studies in English Literature. Her PhD was on the American poet and writer Sylvia Plath. Agarwal has been teaching English Literature at  Allahabad University, Uttar Pradesh, India, since 1983. In 1999, she was writer-in-residence at the universities of Stirling (Scotland) and Kent, U.K. She also is a Hindustani music vocalist and has performed on All-India Radio. Her poems have been widely anthologized and her critical work has been published in journals such as the Poetry Review (London) and the Journal of Commonwealth Literature (UK). Agarwal is also an editor and translator for Plath Profiles, the Sylvia Plath online journal, published by Indiana University, USA.

STYLE, THEMES & IMAGERY

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Poetry
Mofussil Notebook, Poems of Small-Town India, Cooperjal, U.K., 2011.
Wish-Granting Words, Ravi Dayal Publisher, New Delhi, 2002.

Anthologies
Literature Alive, New Writing from India and Britain, Vol. 2, Summer 1996.
Nine Indian Women Poets, Eunice De Souza,Editor, Oxford University Press, 1997.
Verse: Special Feature on Indian poetry, UK & USA, Vol. 17 & 18, 2001.
Reasons for Belonging, Fourteen Contemporary Indian Poets, Ranjit Hoskote, Editor, Penguin India, 2002.
Midnight’s Grandchildren: Post Independence Poetry from India, Struga Poetry Press, Macedonia, 2003. Confronting Love, (An Anthology of Contemporary Indian Love Poems), Arundhathi Subramaniam and Jerry Pinto, Editors, Penguin, 2005.
Fulcrum: Special Issue on Indian Poetry in English, USA: No. 4, 2005.
Sparks, DAV Center for Creative Education, New Panvel, Mumbai, 2008.
Indian English Women Poets, New Delhi, Creative Books, 2009.
We Speak in Changing Languages: Indian Women Poets, 1990-2007. New Delhi, Sahitya Akademi, 2009.

ON THE WEB

Poems:
Monsoon Cantata
The Lama
Transformations

Interviews:
The Poetic Rendezvous: An e-mail interview with Smita Agarwal

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