Serena Chopra has a PhD in creative writing from the University of Denver and an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is the author of two full-length books of poems, This Human (Coconut 2013) and Ic (Horse Less Press 2017), as well as two chapbooks, Penumbra (Flying Guillotine Press 2012) and Livid Season (Free Poetry 2012). She is a Kundiman Fellow and a 2016–2017 Fulbright Scholar, for which she is composing hybrid writing informed by her research with queer women in Bangalore, India. She is a multidisciplinary artist, working as a writer, professional dancer, visual and performance artist, filmmaker, and soundscape designer. She is a cofounder and actor in the poet’s theater group, GASP and worked with Denver’s Splintered Light Theater on a full-length production of Ic, for which she composed the soundscore. In collaboration with videographer and photographer, Kasey Ferlic, Serena has been awarded ArtHyve’s 2018 Art As Muse Orphan Film Grant. Their film, Dogana/Chapti, features the narratives of queer Indian and Indian American women and trans men, and will premiere at the Denver Film Festival in November 2018. Serena currently teaches in the MFA program at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.
Photo by Kasey Ferlic.