Dipika Mukherjee is an author, poet, and sociolinguist. She made her debut as a novelist with the publication of Thunder Demons (Gyaana Books, 2011), long-listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize. She won the Platform Flash Fiction competition in April 2009. Her second novel, Finding Piya, is being currently edited and she is working on her third novel.
She has edited two anthologies of Southeast Asian short stories: Silverfish New Writing 6 (Silverfish, 2006) and The Merlion and Hibiscus (Penguin, 2002). Her first poetry collection, The Palimpsest of Exile, was published by Rubicon Press in 2009. Her short stories and poems have appeared in publications around the world, including the World Literature Today, Asia Literary Review, The South Asia Review, Del Sol Review and Postcolonial Text among others, and have been widely anthologized.
She has been invited to speak at International Literary Festivals in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Shanghai, Hyderabad and Delhi. She has performed her poetry at the International Stage at Het Huis van Poesie in Rotterdam, been the featured poet at the Hideout in Austin, Texas, and read at Poetry Out Loud at the Shanghai International Literary Festival, United Verses in Shanghai, The Sugar Factory in Amsterdam, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and the Poetry Foundation in Chicago.
She is the Associate Editor of Jaggery (A Desilit Arts and Literature Journal) as well as a founding member Founding Member & Chair of the Mentorships/Retreats/Residencies committee at Asia Pacific Writers & Translators, and a member of the Chicago Writer's Association. She is listed in the Poets and Writers Directory and has been a member of writing groups in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Amsterdam and Shanghai. She is currently a member of the Vox Ferus group of poets in Chicago.
She holds a doctorate in English (Sociolinguistics) from Texas A&M University; her research focuses on the language patterns of diasporic communities. Her recent work in Malaysia examined the effect of the national language policy on different migrant groups in Malaysia and her co-edited book, Language Shifts Among Malaysian Minorities as Effects Of National Language Planning: speaking in Many Tongues was published by the Amsterdam University Press in April 2011. She has taught language and linguistic courses in China, the Netherlands, United States, Malaysia, and Singapore for the past eighteen years.
She lives in Chicago with her husband and they have two sons.