Devanshi Khetarpal is from Bhopal, India, and currently lives in Manhattan, New York, where she is a Master's candidate in Comparative Literature at New York University (NYU). She graduated magna cum laude from NYU with a Bachelor's in Comparative Literature and was named a University Honors Scholar for the Class of 2021. She is also the recipient of an Honorable Mention for the Italian Cultural Institute Award for zeal and accomplishment in Italian Studies by the Department of Italian Studies at New York University.
She currently works as the editor-in-chief and founder of Inklette Magazine, a Translations Coordinator for The Quarantine Train, and the host and organizer of Ferrante Fever: An Elena Ferrante Reading Group.
She has previously held positions at Fledgling Writing Workshops, Poets House, NYU La Pietra Dialogues, UniRely, NYU Department of Comparative Literature, West 10th, Washington Square News, Minetta Review, Asymptote Journal, 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 a recipient of the David J. Travis Undergraduate Research Fund for research on Modern Italy for an independent research project on Pier Paolo Pasolini's last film, 'Salò o Le 120 giornate di Sodoma,' conducted during her time at NYU Florence.
This academic year, Khetarpal was named a recipient of the prestigious and competitive Dean's Undergraduate Research Fund (DURF) Grant from NYU's College of Arts and Science and the Urban Humanities Research Fund (UUHRF) from the Cities Collective at NYU's Institute for Public Knowledge in collaboration with the Andrew Mellon Foundation, for an independent research project under the advisement of Prof. Rebecca Falkoff (NYU, Department of Italian Studies) aimed at theorising Elena Ferrante's 'smarginatura' in order to analyze the relationships between urbanities, gender and sexual violence across Italy and India.