Beena Kamlani

Beena Kamlani, writer, editor, teacher, has published fiction in Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, The Lifted Brow, World Literature Today, Identity Lessons: Learning to Be American, Growing Up Ethnic in America and other anthologies. A short story, “Black Lace,” written at Yaddo in 2021, was published in Epiphany’s Empire-themed issue in summer 2021. Her short story “Zanzibar,” won a Pushcart prize for fiction and a novel-in-progress won the Yeovil Fiction Award (UK). She was a long-time editor in book publishing and worked at Penguin Random House for many years, leaving recently to devote her energies to writing full-time. She taught reading and editing at NYU for eighteen years, earning the university’s award for Excellence in Teaching. Her novel Exile, an exploration of home-going, homecoming, home-leaving, and homelessness, will be published in 2023.