In 20 years of work in mainstream and independent journalism, youth development work, Asian American arts, copywriting, and editing, INeelanjana Banerjee has honed her strengths as a communicator across various platforms. Currently, she is based in Los Angeles and working as Managing Editor for Kaya Press, an independent press dedicating to Asian Pacific American and Asian diasporic literature. She also teaches in the Asian American Studies Department at UCLA and at Loyola Marymount University, and teach writing through private workshops.
San Francisco State University: M.F.A., Creative Writing Fiction 2007
Oberlin College: B.A., English and Third World Studies 2000
Areas of Expertise (4)
Asian Pacific American and Asian Diasporic Literature
American American Arts
Third World Studies
Industry Expertise (4)
Writing and Editing
Media Appearances (1)
LOS ANGELES POETS AND THE TEMPER OF OUR TIMES
Luis Rodriguez Blog online
This year, Tia Chucha Press released a new anthology of L.A.-area poets, “Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles,” edited by Neelanjana Banerjee, Daniel A. Olivas, and Ruben J. Rodriguez. Beautifully designed by Jane Brunette, who’s been designing our books for 27 years, with cover art by Alfonso Aceves, “Coiled Serpent” is a testament to the powerful poetry undergirding all the ugliness and splendor, scarcity and abundance, of our lives...
Cease to Exist: Exploring the Manson Horrors While PregnantMutha Magazine
I like to consume horror movies about pregnancy when I’m pregnant because it’s another one of those things that pregnant women are not “supposed” to do. Along with all the restrictions—not drinking coffee, or smoking weed, or eating cold cuts or sushi, or of course consuming alcohol—pregnancy comes with this unreasonable forced cheerfulness that I find oppressive.