Smita Agarwal

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Smita Agarwal
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Born Smita Agarwal

Smita Agarwal (born 1958) is a poet and professor of English at the University of Allahabad, India. In 1999 she was a writer in residence at the University of Stirling in Scotland, and the University of Kent in England.[1]


Agarwal's doctoral studies were on American poet, novelist and short story writer, Sylvia Plath. Agarwal is an editor and translator for Plath Profiles, the Sylvia Plath online journal, Indiana University, US.[2]

Agarwal is also a vocalist for All India Radio.[3]


  • Wish-granting Words. New Delhi: Ravi Dayal Publisher, 2002 [4]
  • Mofussil Notebook. Poems of Small Town India. E-book: Cooperjal Limited, UK, 2011[5][6]
  • Mofussil Notebook. Poems of Small-Town India, Print. With an Introduction and New Poems, Calcutta: Brown Critique/Sampark, 2013.[7]


  • Marginalized: Indian Poetry in English, ed. Smita Agarwal, Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2014.[8]


Agarwal's poems have been included in anthologies such as:

  • Literature Alive, New Writing from India and Britain, Vol. 2, Summer 1996.
  • Verse: Special Feature on Indian poetry, UK & USA, Vol. 17 & 18, 2001.
  • Reasons for Belonging. Penguin, 2002.
  • Midnight’s Grandchildren. Macedonia: Post Independence Poetry From India, Struga Poetry Press, 2003.
  • Confronting Love. Penguin, 2005.
  • Fulcrum: Special Issue on Indian Poetry in English, No. 4. US: 2005.
  • Sparks, DAV Center for Creative Education. Mumbai: New Panvel, 2008.
  • Indian English Women Poets. New Delhi: Creative Books, 2009.
  • We Speak in Changing Languages: Indian Women Poets, 1990-2007. New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi, 2009.
  • The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry, 2012.
  • These My Words: The Penguin Book of Indian Poetry, 2012.

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