has been nominated twice for a Pushcart prize and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Mantis, Kenyon Review Online, Asia Literary Review, Quiddity, Review Americana, Gatronomica, Cutthroat, Rattle, The MacGuffin, The Paterson Literary Review, pacificREVIEW, Cheers To Muses: An Anthology of Contemporary Works by Asian American Women, and Uncommon Core: Poems for Living and Learning, a Neutral Zone Anthology. She has won several honors including the Elsie Choy Lee Scholarship from the Center for Education of Women and a Zell Fellowship from the University of Michigan. Her poems have won contests, or been finalists, and received honorable mentions.
Her first chapbook Lands I Live In (Mayapple Press, 2007) was nominated for a PEN America Beyond Margins award, and her second chapbook What Dread (2011) which was a semi finalist in Finishing Line Press’ New Women’s Voices contest, was nominated for a Pushcart. Her first full-length collection of poems Sharp Blue Search of Flame was published by Wayne State University Press (2016) and was a finalist for the Foreword Indie Book Awards.
She has collaborated with other artists on interdisciplinary projects which culminated in exhibitions, performances and readings at the University of Michigan, and in art galleries and cultural centers in several cities in the US. Her poems were published along with her collaborators' work, in India: A Light Within, and Wisdom of the Lotus. In addition, her work had been selected several times by the jurors of Asian American Woman Writers Artists Association (San Francisco, CA) for curated art and culture exhibitions and for their anthology.
The University of Michigan WCBN Radio’s Living Writers Series recorded two interviews with her, (the most recent one was on 4/20/2016) and her work has appeared in The Living Room, Michigan Radio/NPR, an episode about diaspora, and also Art in the Air. More recently, she read at the Author's Forum event at the University of Michigan and a video recording of the event has been made available. A review of her new book was aired on Michigan Public Radio's Stateside in August 2017.
Her 27 years of teaching experience cover higher education to elementary levels, and a wide range of populations--senior citizens, immigrant, international and diverse groups. She has taught and/or worked at the University of Michigan, Washtenaw Community College and Oakland Community College, been a Writer in Residence at InsideOut Detroit, a teacher at the Roeper School, an ESL instructor at the Utica Adult Education Center in Michigan, a volunteer instructor at the Indo American Center and Nettelhorst School in Chicago, and a high school English teacher at St. James' School for Boys, Calcutta. She has a BA in English and a BEd (a post-graduate teaching degree), from the University of Calcutta, India, an MA in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India, and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Currently, she teaches workshops in Ann Arbor, Metro-Detroit, and in other cities in the US, works as a manuscript coach and editor, and mentors writers in the Ann Arbor community.
Radio Interview with T. Hetzel about Sharp Blue Search of Flame on 4/20/2016:
Poem media recordings:
Living Room Series with Allison Downey
Poems Online Links below...