Associate Professor Oindrila Mukherjee

Ph.D. Literature and Creative Writing, University of Houston
M.F.A. Creative Writing, University of Florida
M.A., B.A. English, University of Cambridge; B.A. English, Jadavpur University
340 LOH | 331-8034 | |


Oindrila Mukherjee grew up in India, where she worked as a journalist for the country’s oldest English-language newspaper, The Statesman. Her creative and scholarly interests include fiction, nonfiction, literary criticism, creative writing pedagogy, and translations from Bengali literature. Her work has been published in SalonKenyon Review OnlineEcotone, The Oxford Anthology of Bengali Literature, The Colorado Review, The Writers’ Chronicle, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Journal of Creative Writing Studies and elsewhere. Her short stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best American Short Stories. She serves as a Contributing Editor for Aster(ix, a transnational journal of literature and art committed to social justice, and co-edited the 2015 issue Atravesando with the writer Angie Cruz. She writes a book series called Bottom Shelf about little known or forgotten Indian books in English for the Indian magazine Her debut novel The Dream Builders will be published by Tin House Books in Winter 2023.

At Grand Valley, she currently serves on the University Academic Senate and the Strategic Enrollment Management Plan (SEMP) taskforce as well as serves as a faculty mentor at the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center.

She teaches the following courses:

  • WRT 219: Introduction to Creative Writing 
  • WRT 330: Intermediate Fiction Workshop 
  • WRT 360: Intermediate Nonfiction Workshop
  • WRT 365: Intermediate Magazine Writing
  • WRT 430: Advanced Fiction Workshop
  • WRT 465: Advanced Magazine Writing
  • WRT 490: (Capstone) Genre and Writing. 

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