Biography

Serena Chopra is a 2009 graduate of the University of Colorado's MFA program. She taught undergraduate Creative Writing workshop for three years and has also participated in elementary school poetry outreach where she worked with young children in an interactive workshop-like setting. She has recently completed an internship with The New Press in New York City where she was given first-hand experience in rights, editorial, and publicity and marketing fields. She has also been an editor for Subito Press, CU's book prize competition, and has worked as the assistant to Julie Carr at her annual Small Press Festival. Ms. Chopra has recently been accepted as a 2010 fellow at the Kundiman Retreat at Fordham University. In the past she has received the 2008 Zora Neale Hurston Award, a full-ride scholarship to the Naropa Summer Writing Program, has been a finalist for the Black Ocean Press book competition for her manuscript, "Penumbra," and received the Javanovich Award for Creative Writing in 2009. At the 2010 AWP conference in Denver, Ms. Chopra was a panelist on two panels: “Ecopoetics on Colorado's Front Range: Intersections and Ecotones” and “The Evolution of the MFA: The 21st Century Student". Along with being a writer, Ms. Chopra is a visual artist and a dancer. She has recent publications in the Denver Quarterly, Fact-Simile, Pax Americana, Monkey Puzzle, Spine Road, Umbrella Factory, and Pilgrimage.