Priyanka Kumar portrait

Priyanka Kumar is a recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award, New Mexico/New Visions Governor’s Award, Canada Council for the Arts Grant, Ontario Arts Council Literary Award, and an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Fellowship. Her essays, criticism, and stories have appeared in publications including The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Review of BooksThe Huffington Post, the Santa Fe New Mexican, High Country News, and Connotation PressHer debut novel, the critically acclaimed Take Wing and Fly Here, was published in 2013. The book explores our changing relationship with the outdoors in the American West.

She received her M.F.A. from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and she was invited to participate in the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She wrote, directed and produced the feature documentary The Song of the Little Road, starring Martin Scorsese and Peter Rainer. The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, was “Pick of the Week” in the Los Angeles Times, and is in the permanent collection of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Kumar has taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the University of Southern California, and was on the faculty of the 2016 Pima Writers’ Workshop. She spoke on “Ecological Fiction” at the 2017 AWP Conference in Washington, DC.