“Arts programming should not be the work of only those who are economically privileged and can work for free.” Press Conference for budget cuts in the arts, 2019.
Puneet Dutt’s debut collection of poetry, The Better Monsters (Mansfield Press), was a Finalist for the 2018 Trillium Book Award For Poetry and was Shortlisted for the 2018 Raymond Souster Award and was named one of “Ontario’s Best Books” by NOW Magazine. Her chapbook, PTSD south beach (Grey Borders Books), was a Finalist for the Breitling Chapbook Prize. She holds a MA in English from Ryerson University, is the Editor-in-Chief of The Puritan Magazine, an editorial board director at Canthius, and is a creative writing workshop facilitator with the Toronto Writers Collective. Her most recent chapbook manuscript was Longlisted for the 2020 Frontier Digital Chapbook Contest, selected by Carl Phillips. Dutt is an immigrant/settler and currently lives in Markham with her husband and son.
Research interests: Chandra Talpade Mohanty, women-of-color theories, social justice creative writing, womanist activism, global politics on the woman-indentified body, feminist/postcolonial and decolonial thoughts, poetics of decolonization, cultural theory and social justice activism