Carefully Curated
About: 
Sampurna Chattarji (1970) was born in Dessie, Ethiopia and grew up in Darjeeling. A poet, novelist, translator and children’s author, her fourteen books include Absent Muses (Poetrywala 2010) and The Fried Frog and otherFunny Freaky Foodie Feisty Poems (Scholastic 2009); the novels, Rupture and Land of the Well (both from HarperCollins); as well as a collection of short stories about Bombay/Mumbai, Dirty Love (Penguin 2013). Her translation of Bengali poet Joy Goswami’s Selected Poems was shortlisted for the Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for Poetry, and won him the first Tata Literature Live! Poet Laureate Award in 2014. Her 2004 translation of Sukumar Ray’s Abol Tabol has been a Puffin Classic titled Wordygurdyboom! since 2008. Sampurna edited Sweeping the Front Yard, an anthology of women writing in English, Malayalam, Telugu and Urdu; and is the coeditor of What is Time, a forthcoming anthology of contemporary Indian writing. As a participant of international translation workshops, she has worked with poets from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France, Switzerland, Portugal, Holland, Malta, Slovenia, Galicia and Estonia. Her own poetry has been translated into the languages of these countries as well as into Arabic, Kannada, Manipuri, Marathi and Gujarati. She wrote her fifth poetry book, Space Gulliver: Chronicles of an Alien (HarperCollins 2015), during her CWIT residency at the University of Kent, Canterbury. She is currently Poetry Editor of The Indian Quarterly.

Books by Sampurna Chattarji