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b. 1986, HK.

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Kanika Agrawal is a hybrid specimen raised in six countries on four continents.

She studied biology at MIT, where she came to love restriction enzymes and fluorescent labeling. She earned an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and a PhD in English/Creative Writing from the University of Denver, and she taught academic and creative writing at both institutions.

Her work appears or is forthcoming in Best American Experimental Writing 2020, Black Warrior Review, filling Station, Foglifter, Notre Dame Review, SAND, and various SF&F publications.

selected awards & honors

Fellowship, 2020 Spring Residency, Vermont Studio Center

Fellowship, 2019 Fall Residency, The MacDowell Colony

Poetry Fellow, 2019 Lit Fest Fellowship for Emerging Writers (Judge: Bhanu Kapil), Lighthouse Writers Workshop

Finalist, 2019 Eliza So Finish-Your-Book Fellowship, Submittable

Finalist, 2019 BOAAT Book Prize, BOAAT Press

Finalist, 2019 First Book Poetry Competition, Cleveland State University Poetry Center

Finalist (final results pending), 2019 Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize, Singapore Unbound

Semifinalist, 2019 Berkshire Prize, Tupelo Press

Semifinalist, 2019 Snowbound Chapbook Award, Tupelo Press

Winner (Fiction), 2019 Boulder Short Short Contest, Writing By Writers

Winner, 2018 Oversound Chapbook Prize (Judge: Solmaz Sharif), Oversound

Winner, 2018 Flash Contest (Judge: Jennifer S. Cheng), Black Warrior Review

Runner-up, 2018 Poetry Contest (Judge: Vanessa Angélica Villarreal), Black Warrior Review

Winner (Dwarf form), 2017 Poetry Contest (Judge: Nikia Chaney), Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association