Kanika Agrawal

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Kanika Agrawal

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Kanika Agrawal is a queer Indian writer and mad diasporic hybrid developed across six countries on four continents. As an (im)migrant and former scientist-in-training, she works between and across languages, geographies, and disciplines. She received a BS in Biology and a BS in Writing from MIT. She then earned an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and a PhD in English and Literary Arts from the University of Denver, teaching academic and creative writing at both institutions. She has also worked with incarcerated writers and with people experiencing homelessness, addiction, and domestic violence.

Currently, Kanika serves as Managing Hybrid/Nonfiction Editor at Foglifter, a biannual literary journal of LGBTQIA2S+ writing; Fiction Editor at khōréō, quarterly magazine of speculative fiction by immigrant and diaspora authors; and Assistant Editor at Conjunctions. Her own writing appears or is forthcoming in Best American Experimental Writing 2020, Black Warrior Review, filling Station, FOLDER, Notre Dame Review, SAND, and various publications. She has been awarded residencies/fellowships by the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Hedgebrook, MacDowell, and Vermont Studio Center.

Kanika lives in Denver, CO, with her senior toy fox terrier.