The Munich Readery Poetry Reading
Saturday, June 2 at 19:00
Rita Banerjee

Combining elements, rhythms, and personas from American jazz, blues, and ragtime, poet Rita Banerjee presents a modern-day spin on the love story of Echo and Narcissus in her debut full-length poetry collection, Echo in Four Beats. But in this story, told in four parts, Echo is more than just a fragment, she is a Sapphic voice that speaks, foretells, forestalls, and repeats.

Echo in Four Beats was selected by Finishing Line Press as their 2018 nominee for the National Book Award in Poetry.

Banerjee has crafted something astonishing that reaches towards higher truths.” — Stephen Aubrey, author of Daguerreotype and Co-Artistic Director of The Assembly Theater, NYC


Rita Banerjee is the editor of CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing (C&R Press, May 2018), the novella “A Night with Kali” in Approaching Footsteps (Spider Road Press, 2016), and the poetry chapbook Cracklers at Night (Finishing Line Press, 2010). She received her doctorate in Comparative Literature from Harvard and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. She is Executive Creative Director of the Cambridge Writers' Workshop, and teaches on modernism, art-house film, and South Asian literary theory at LMU Munich.