Jonaki Ray was educated in India (IIT Kanpur) and the USA (UIUC) and graduated with Master’s degrees in Chemistry and Computer Science. After a brief stint as a software engineer, she returned to her first love, writing. She is now a poet, writer, and editor based in New Delhi, India.
Honors for her work include the 2019 Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award, the 2018 Pushcart Prize nomination, and the 2018 Forward Prize for Best Single Prize nomination. She was the winner of the 2017 Oxford Brookes International Poetry Contest, ESL category, and has been shortlisted in many other contests, including the 2018 Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize and the 2016 Writers’ HQ International Fiction Contest.
Her poetry has appeared and is forthcoming in Poetry, The Rumpus, Best Indian Poetry 2018, Asian American Writers’ Workshop, The American Journal of Poetry, and Southword Journal; while non-fiction and fiction work has appeared in The Wire, Indian Express, Times of India, The HinduBusinessLine, The Four Quarters Magazine, Lunch Ticket, and elsewhere.
She is working on her first collection of poetry and travel essays.