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Vandana Khanna, MFA

Antioch University Los Angeles

Born in New Delhi, India, Vandana Khanna is a writer, educator, and editor. Her third collection of poems is forthcoming from Alice James Books in 2023, and her previous books have won the Crab Orchard Review First Book Prize, The Miller Williams Poetry Prize, and the Diode Editions Chapbook Competition. Her work has appeared widely in publications such as the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, The New Republic, New England Review, Guernica, and Narrative, as well as on BBC 3. She serves as co-poetry editor at the Los Angeles Review.

Educational History

  • BA University of Virginia
  • MFA Indiana University

  • Burning Like Her Own Planet (forthcoming April 2023) Alice James Books.
  • The Goddess Monologues, March 2016, Diode Editions.
  • Afternoon Masala, February 2014, University of Arkansas Press.
  • Train to Agra, October 2001, Southern Illinois University Press.
  • Pushcart Prize (Nominations) – 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2002 & 2001
  • Diode Editions Chapbook Competition
  • Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize – Passages North
  • Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize – University of Arkansas Press
  • Crab Orchard Review First Book Prize – Southern Illinois Press
Vandana Khanna headshot

Affiliate Faculty,

MFA in Creative Writing Program


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