Namrata writes fiction, nonfiction, and serves as Interviews Editor for Kweli journal where she curates a series titled “Race, Power, and Storytelling.” For over a decade, her work has explored the intersection of storytelling and social justice via race, class, gender, place and migration.
As a literary critic, her writing has focused on maritime sites (boats, ports, beaches) and stories of global travel, empire, environmentalism, tourism and multiculturalism in postcolonial islands, especially those of the Indian Ocean. She has written on islands in English and in French for various anthologies on the Caribbean, the Pacific, and the Indian Ocean. Her creative work has appeared in Longreads, Literary Hub, Transition, The Margins, The Progressive, Electric Literature, CounterPunch, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, The Caravan, and elsewhere. Her story “Excursion” was awarded the first prize at the contest organized by 14th international short story conference, and judged by Bharati Mukherjee and Clark Blaise. Her unpublished collection of connected stories titled Ladies Special, Homebound was a finalist for Feminist Press's 2018 Louise Meriwether First Book Prize. She has received scholarships and fellowships from different literary communities and serves as jury for the 2018 Plaza Literary Prize, a national novella competition. She has also spoken on contemporary Anglophone and Francophone storytelling in conferences across the world, and taught the same at different institutions in India and the US.
Namrata holds a Ph.D. in French Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, an MFA in Fiction from Bennington Writing Seminars, and Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Transnational Cultures from UCLA. She is multilingual with "roots" in Thar desert's migrant Marwari community and has lived in Mumbai and Kolkata (India), Tours and Avignon (France), Quatre Bornes (Mauritius), Philadelphia and Los Angeles (USA). She currently calls Huntington Beach in California home.