Dipika Mukherjee is a writer and sociolinguist. Her second novel, Shambala Junction, won the UK Virginia Prize for Fiction (Aurora Metro, 2016). Her debut novel was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and republished as Ode to Broken Things (Repeater, 2016). Her short story collection is Rules of Desire (Fixi, 2015) and edited collections include Champion Fellas (Word Works, 2016), Silverfish New Writing 6 (Silverfish, 2006) and The Merlion and Hibiscus (Penguin, 2002). She has two poetry collections: The Third Glass of Wine (Writer’s Workshop, 2015), and The Palimpsest of Exile (Rubicon Press, 2009). She is a Juror on the The Neustadt International Prize for Literature 2017 and founded the D.K Dutt Award for Literary Excellence in Malaysia in 2015. She won the Liakoura Prize for Poetry (USA, 2016), the Gayatri GaMarsh Award for Literary Excellence (USA, 2015), and the Platform Flash Fiction Prize (India, 2009). Her academic interests include Language Shift in Diasporic Communities, and especially women in the Indian diaspora. Her co-edited book, Language Shifts Among Malaysian Minorities as Effects Of National Language Planning: Speaking in Many Tongues was published by Amsterdam University Press in 2011. She has taught in the United States, India, China, Netherlands, Malaysia and Singapore and was Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at Shanghai International Studies University, China, from 2009-2012 & taught Creative Writing at the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, in 2016. She occasionally teaches at Northwestern University and is affiliated to the Buffett Institute for Global Studies (Equality Development and Globalization Studies), where she is finishing an academic manuscript on Women and the Language of Civic Participation in Malaysia.
Member Since: 11/1/2012
Identity: Writer, Academic