Jonaki Ray at work
Photograph by Tinu Maani

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.

Her poetry collection, Memory Talkies, is due out in 2020. Awards and nominations 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 RumpusBest Indian Poetry 2018 anthology, Asian American Writers’ WorkshopThe American Journal of Poetry, Hindustan Times, and Southword Journal; while non-fiction and fiction work has appeared in The Wire India, Indian Express, Times of India, The HinduBusinessLine, The Four Quarters Magazine, Lunch Ticket, and elsewhere.