Ranjani Murali is a Chicago-based writer and artist. She received her MFA in Poetry from George Mason University in 2010. She currently teaches writing and literature at Harper. She is the recipient of the Kay Evans Poetry Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. She also received the Fine Arts Work Center’s Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation Scholarship in Nonfiction. Her poems and translations have appeared in Phoebe, Word Riot, Eclectica, and a variety of acclaimed Indian journals and anthologies including Almost Island, Pratilipi, Vayavya, The Bombay Literary Magazine, and Helter Skelter. Ranjani won the Srinivas Rayaprol poetry prize in 2014, awarded annually by the Hyderabad University and the Rayaprol Trust in India to recognize talented new Indian poets writing in English. In 2015, she went on to win Almost Island’s inaugural manuscript prize judged by Eliot Weinberger and Adil Jussawala.. Her second manuscript won the The Great Indian Poetry Collective’s (GIPC’s) Editor’s Choice award and will be available next year. She is the author of Blind Screens.