Sumita earned her PhD in English with a certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Emory University in May 2018, and remained at Emory for the 2018-2019 academic year as Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Lecturer in English and Creative Writing. Beginning in Fall 2019, she will be Helen Zell Visiting Professor in Poetry at the University of Michigan. She’s taught courses in literary studies, creative writing, women’s and gender studies, feminism, and a variety of other subjects, and she has been a tutor for over a decade, stretching back to her time as a peer tutor at Wellesley College, of which she’s a proud alumna. A working writer, her essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere, and her poems have appeared in a variety of publications like POETRY and Best American Poetry 2019: her first book of poems, Arrow, will be dually released in both the United States and the United Kingdom in September 2020. She also has thirteen years of professional editorial experience at some of the nation’s top literary journals. She loves teaching anything to do with writing, literature, history, philosophy, and more, and is especially committed to helping each individual find a way to have a genuine personal and intellectual connection with the materials they’re studying.
Her worst-kept secrets include that she’s a fervent sports fan, especially for any Boston or New England teams, and that she’s a ridiculously good baker. You can explore her teaching and writing on her website at www.sumitachakraborty.com.