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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni will be the featured speaker at this year's annual Writer's Conference...

The 23rd Annual ASU Writers Conference in Honor
of Elmer Kelton

Feb. 21-22, 2019
Featured writer: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning and bestselling author, poet, activist and teacher of writing. Her work has been published in over 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and her writing has been included in over 50 anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories, the O.Henry Prize Stories, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. Her books have been translated into 29 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew, Bengali, Russian and Japanese, and many of them have been used for campus-wide and city-wide reads. Several of her works have been made into films and plays.

Born in Kolkata, India, she came to the United States for her graduate studies, receiving a Master’s degree in English from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She currently lives in Houston, Texas, where she is the Betty and Gene McDavid Professor of Creative Writing in the prestigious Creative Writing program at the University of Houston.

She serves on the Advisory board of Maitri in the San Francisco Bay Area and Daya in Houston. Both are organizations that help South Asian or South Asian American women who find themselves in abusive or domestic violence situations. She served on the board of Pratham, an organization that helps educate underprivileged children in India, for many years and is currently on their emeritus board.

Divakaruni has judged several prestigious awards, such as the National Book Award and the PEN Faulkner Award. She is, herself, the winner of a number of awards, including the American Book Award.

Two of her books, The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart, have been made into movies by filmmakers Gurinder Chadha and Paul Berges (an English film) and Suhasini Mani Ratnam (a Tamil TV serial) respectively. A short story, “The Word Love,” from her collection Arranged Marriage, was made into a bilingual short film in Bengali and English, titled Ammar Ma. All the films have won awards. 

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23rd Annual Writers Conference in honor of elmer kelton

The 23rd annual ASU Writers Conference featuring Chitra Divakaruni will bring together old friends and new for a celebration highlighting the achievements of San Angelo’s own Elmer Kelton.

All sessions will take place on the Angelo State University campus.

The conference is free and open to the public.

For more information contact
Chris Ellery at 
or by phone at 325-486-6142.

Conference Program

Read it here.

Chitra Divakaruni will be speaking on Feb. 21 at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.


Help support and enhance the Writers Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton with a tax deductible gift to its endowment. 

Contact the Angelo State University Office of Development for more information at 325-942-2116 or

Featured Writers

  • 2018 Brian Turner
  • 2017 Anne Hillerman
  • 2016 Craig Johnson
  • 2015 Dan Chaon
  • 2014 Juan Felipe Herrera
  • 2013 Christina Garcia
  • 2012 Leslie Marmon Silko
  • 2011 Art Spiegelman
  • 2010 Mary Karr    
  • 2009 Terrance Hayes
  • 2008 Luis Valdez
  • 2007 Tobias Wolff
  • 2006 Tim O’Brien
  • 2005 Gordon Weaver
  • 2004 Peter Hedges
  • 2003 Naomi Shihab Nye
  • 2002 Stephen Harrigan
  • 2001 Reginald McKnight
  • 2000 Denise Chavez
  • 1999 W.P. Kinsella
  • 1998 Rudolfo Anaya
  • 1997 Elmer Kelton
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