About Divya 

Divya Victor (b. 1983) is a Tamil American poet, essayist, editor, and educator. She is the author of CURB (Nightboat Books), which won the 2022 PEN America Open Book Award and the 2022 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. It was also a finalist for the 2022 CLMP Firecracker Award (Poetry).

Divya is also the author of KITH (Fence Books/ Book*hug); Scheingleichheit: Drei Essays (Merve Verlag, trans. Lena Schmidt), NATURAL SUBJECTS (Trembling Pillow), UNSUB (Insert Blanc), and THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR MOUTH (Les Figues). Her work has been collected in numerous venues, including BOMB, the New Museum’s The Animated Reader, Crux: Journal of Conceptual Writing, The Best American Experimental Writing, POETRY, The Yale Review, American Poetry Review, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, W.W. Norton’s The Seagull Reader, and boundary2.

She was a 2023 PEN Affiliated Fellow at Civitella Ranieri and a collaborator on an Andrew Mellon Just Futures grant. She has been a Mark Diamond Research Fellow at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, a Riverrun Fellow at the Archive for New Poetry at University of California San Diego, and a Writer in Residence at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE). Her work has been performed or installed at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) Los Angeles, National Gallery Singapore, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

She has been an editor at Jacket2 (United States) and for Ethos Books (Singapore), Invisible Publishing (Canada), and Book*hug Press (Canada). Her work has been translated into French, German, Spanish, Polish, and Czech.

She is currently an Associate Professor of English and Writing at Michigan State University, where she is the Director of the Creative Writing Program.

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