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Sampurna Chattarji for JLF 2 (1)

Sampurna Chattarji

Sampurna Chattarji is a poet, novelist and translator. Her 14 books include the novels Rupture and Land of the Well; the poetry collection Absent Muses (2010); and Dirty Love (2013), a short-story collection about Mumbai. Chattarji edited Sweeping the Front Yard (2010), an anthology of poetry and prose by women writing in English, Malayalam, Telugu and Urdu. She wrote her fifth poetry book, Space Gulliver: Chronicles of an Alien (2015) during her residency at the University of Kent, Canterbury. Her translation of Joy Goswami’s Selected Poems (2014) was shortlisted for the Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for Poetry and her translation of Sukumar Ray’s Abol Tabol has been a Puffin Classic titled Wordygurdyboom! since 2008. Chattarji has read her poetry at festivals in India and the UK, including at Hay-on-Wye, Ledbury Poetry Festival and Alchemy 2015 (as part of the Walking Cities Project celebrating Dylan Thomas’s centenary) and Alchemy 2016 (as part of Shakespeare’s quarter centenary celebrations).


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