Vandana Khanna


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Phone: (213) 821-0477
Office: THH 404

Personal Website

Biographical Sketch

Vandana Khanna was born in New Delhi, India and attended the University of Virginia and Indiana University, where she earned her MFA. Her first collection, Train to Agra, won the Crab Orchard Review First Book Prize and her second collection, Afternoon Masala, was the co-winner of the 2014 Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize. Ms. Khanna's work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net and has appeared in journals such as Crazyhorse, 32 Poems, The Missouri Review and The Indiana Review, as well as the anthologies Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation and Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry. She has given readings at the Japanese American National Museum, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Los Angeles, the Miller Cabin Poetry Series in D.C. and at the Southern Festival of Books.


  • BA , Univ Virginia, 5/1994
  • MFA , Indiana Univ Bloomington, 5/1997

  • Publications

    Poetry Collection
    • Khanna, V. (2014). Afternoon Masala. pp. 54 pages. Fayetteville, Arkansas. University of Arkansas Press.
    • Khanna, V. (2011). Train to Agra. pp. 55. Carbondale, IL. Southern Illinois University Press.

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  • University Park
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354
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