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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Biography

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Indian American writer Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author, poet, activist and teacher. Her themes include contemporary America, women, the Indian experience, immigration, history, myth, family, and the joys and challenges of living in a multicultural world. Her books have been translated into 29 languages, and her work has appeared in over a hundred magazines and anthologies. Several of her novels and stories have been made into films and plays. She has won an American Book Award, a Light of India award, a Premio Scanno (Italy), and a Barbara Deming award, among numerous others. Divakaruni writes for both adults and children. In 2015, she was chosen by the Economic Times for their list "Twenty Most Influential Global Indian Women." She lives in Houston with her husband Murthy and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Houston.