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Devanshi Khetarpal is an MFA Candidate in Fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was the Truman Capote and Sonny Mehta Fellow in fiction. At present, she is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Iowa. 


She is the editor-in-chief and founder of Inklette Magazine, and served as poetry reader for The Iowa Review. 


Devanshi holds a Master's degree in Comparative Literature from New York University, where she specialized in Italian Studies and wrote her thesis on Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels

Her work has received support from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Yale Writers' Workshop, the Bread Loaf Translators' Conference, and the Juniper Writing Institute at UMass Amherst.


Her fiction and poetry was long-listed for the 2022 Toto Award for Creative Writing in English. Her poem received an Honorable Mention for the 2024 Prufer Poetry Prize judged by Nicky Beer. 

She has worked for Between The Lines by The International Writing Program, Iowa Young Writers' Studio OnlineUpward Bound program at the University of Iowa, Emily Dickinson MuseumThe TutorverseThe Quarantine TrainFledgling Writing WorkshopsPoets House, NYU La Pietra Dialogues, UniRelyNYU Department of Comparative Literature, Winter Tangerine Review workshops, and Muzzle Magazine among others

Her poetry collection, Small Talk, with a foreword by Akhil Katyal, was published by Writers Workshop Kolkata in Fall 2019. She is currently working on a novel and a collection of short stories.

Devanshi is from Bhopal, India, and currently divides her time between Iowa City and New York City. 

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