Smita Agarwal

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Smita Agarwal

Smita Agarwal (born 1958) is a poet and professor of English at the University of Allahabad, India.


Smita Agarwal poetry has appeared in journals and anthologes.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, Print. With an Introduction and New Poems, Calcutta: Sampark, 2016.[7]


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

Poetry Anthologies[edit]

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

  • Literature Alive, New Writing from India and Britain, Vol. 2, Summer 1996.
  • Nine Indian Women Poets. Oxford University Press, 1997[9]
  • 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.
  • A New Book of Indian Poems In English (2000) ed. by Gopi Kottoor and published by Poetry Chain and Writers Workshop, Calcutta
  • The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India,[10] featuring 151 Indian English poets, edited by Vivekanand Jha and published by Hidden Brook Press,[11] Canada.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "IU Northwest: Plath Profiles". Retrieved 2012-01-28.
  3. ^ "Smita Agarwal - Folk Music artiste of India". Retrieved 2012-01-28.
  4. ^ "Wish-Granting Words/Smita Agarwal". Retrieved 2012-01-28.
  5. ^ Smita Agarwal (25 September 2011). "Mofussil Notebook, Poems Of Small-Town India". Archived from the original on 7 April 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  6. ^ "Of love, longing and failed husbands". Hindustan Times. 24 September 2011. Archived from the original on 6 November 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  7. ^ Smita Agarwal (2013). "Mofussil Notebook: Contemporary Indian Poetry in English". Sampark. ISBN 978-8192684253. Retrieved 2014-04-21.
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  9. ^ "An ode to our nightingales - Times Of India". 2009-05-10. Retrieved 2012-01-28.
  10. ^ Grove, Richard. "The Dance of the Peacock:An Anthology of English Poetry from India" (current). Hidden Brook Press, Canada. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  11. ^ Press, Hidden Brook. "Hidden Brook Press". Hidden Brook Press. Retrieved 5 January 2015.