“You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words, who is willing to create a place where your imagination can wander. We build this place with the sand of memories; these castles are our memories and inventiveness made tangible….”
Anne Lamott, BIRD BY BIRD: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.
‘A loner, dreamer, bookworm, passionate lover of poetry and the arts, I have loved being the child woman I am, crackling with written words as my only tool/weapon to make sense of the crazy hubris of the world around myself. In the luminous world of books and writings, I had found my closest confidante since long, and they enabled me, gradually, to extend the emotional landscape of my imaginations.’
Lopa Banerjee is an Indian-Bengali poet, author and editor living in Texas, USA who has nine books on Amazon (including anthologies) to her credit. She has a Masters’ in English with a thesis in Creative Nonfiction writing from the University of Nebraska, and also a Masters’ in English from the University of Calcutta. She is the author of the Journey Awards 2015 winning memoir ‘Thwarted Escape’, and the critically acclaimed poetry collection ‘Woman And Her Muse’. She has translated Nobel laureate Tagore’s selected works of fiction as ‘The Broken Home And Other Stories’ and two dramas of Tagore, ‘Tales of Transformation’ (English translation of Tagore’s Chitrangada and Chandalika). Among her latest works are a poetry film/short film in collaboration with two other poets (upcoming) and an anthology on gender violence titled ‘Muffled Moans Unleashed’ (as co-editor). A recipient of the Woman Achiever Award 2018 instituted by International Women’s Short Film Festival, The Reuel International Prize for poetry (2017) and for translation (2016), she wears many hats. She is also a featured poet/artist performing poetry/spoken words in Texas (at Power 214 Radio station, Dark Moon Poetry, Houston PoetryFest, I Want To Hear You Sistah among others). She is the Consultant Editor at Blue Pencil Publishers, New Delhi, India and an online writing consultant/workshop mentor at Dimensions, Kolkata.
Her poetry, stories and essays have appeared at literary journals and anthologies both in India and the US. Also, her book reviews and interviews have been published in The Sunday Statesman, Tiferet Journal, Setu, An International Bilingual Journal, Jaggery: A Desilit Arts and Literature Journal, Goodreads.com, The Indian Short Story in English, Prairie Fire journal, Setu mag and Learning and Creativity e-zine.
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