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Department of Pan African Studies



Pan African Studies
221 Santa Susana Hall
CSU Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8315

Hours: M-F (8 a.m. to 5 p.m)
Phone: (818) 677-3311
Fax: (818) 677-3619



Shubha Venugopal, Ph.D.



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Shubha Venugopal

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BA in English, Northwestern University

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Bennington College  

Ph.D. in English Language and Literature, University of Michigan

Courses Taught

African American Literature Since the 1930’s. (PAS 245)

Contemporary Black Female Writers (PAS 346)

Creative Writing For Minority Writers (PAS 280)

Advanced Writing (PAS 350)

Cultural Theories and Methods: The Harlem Renaissance  (HUM 391)

Freshman Composition (PAS 115/155)

Special Topics: The Novels of Toni Morrison (595 A)

Advanced Afro-American World Experience (PAS 590A

Selected Publications and Presentations


“‘Remembering Everything They Don’t Want To Forget’: Memory, Loving, and the Blues in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.” Published in Memory and the Narrative Imagination in the African and Diaspora Experience.  Editor:  Tom Spencer-Walters.  Bedford Publishers, Inc., 2011. 

“Lalita and The Banyan Tree” (fiction). Finalist in the Robert Olen Butler Short Story Prize Anthology. Del Sol Press, 2010. *Originally published in Post Road Magazine, 2007. 

“A Diamond Comes into Flame.” (creative nonfiction).  Published in Todd Point Review, Summer 2008.

“Bhakthi in the Water,” (fiction).  Published in, A Stranger Among Us: Stories of Cross Cultural Collision and Connection. OV Books/ University of Illinois Press.  (2007).  **My story received positive book reviews by Library Journal, Booklist, and Feminist Review.

“Textual Transfigurations and Female Metamorphosis: Reading Gayl Jones’s The Healing.” Published in After the Pain: Critical Essays on Gayl Jones, eds. Fiona Mills and Keith Mitchell.  Peter Lang Publishing: New York, 2006.


Short Stories Published in Literary Journals:

"Desire," Kartika Review. Fall, 2013.

"Maya," Potomac Review. Winter, 2013.

"Luck," Featured story in Asia Writes. April 17, 2011.

"Lalita and the Banyan Tree, 2009 Robert Olen Butler Prize Anthology (originally published in Past Road Magazine)

"Washing," The Scruffy Dog Review. Spring 2007

"Shame," Gambara. Summer 2007.

"Difference," Storyglossia. Summer 2007.

"Rippling Sand, Rolling Ocean," Word Riot. Winter 2007.

"Lalita and the Banyan Tree," Post Road Magazine, Winter 2007.

"Underwater," VerbSap. Winter 2006.

"Becoming One," Flashquake. Winter 2006-2007

"A Visit To India From America: Watching the Garba (Folk) Dance," Antithesis Common, Winter 2006.*Previously published in a poem format in Kalliope 23:2. Finalist in Sue Saniel Elkin Poetry Competition, 2000.

"No Time," The Angler. Winter 2006.

"Brief Bombay Visit," Elimae, Fall 2006.

"Shattered," Boston Literary Magazine, Fall 2006.

"Milk," Literary Mama, Fall 2006.

"Fingerprints," Literary Mama, Fall 2006.

"Story of a Love Fruit," (fiction). Eclectica, Summer 2006.

"American Kitchen," (poetry). Women Writers, Summer 2006.

"Neela's Lucky Penny" (fiction). Mslexia (UK), Spring 2005.


Selected Presentations:

College of Social And Behavioral Sciences Faculty Presentation: “Using Creative Writing As A Pedagogical Strategy Across the Disciplines.” May 13, 2011.

CIELO/ WRAD Faculty Development Workshop, “Using Creative Writing As A Pedagogical Strategy Across the Disciplines.” Februrary 22, 2011.

The Name of Longing (excerpts).  Dramatic readings of my short story collection performed during the New Short Fiction Series on February 14th, 2010 at the LA Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park.

“Crafting Character Through Gesture.”  Presented during the Pedagogy Forum at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference, Chicago, IL. Feb. 12-15, 2009.

7th Annual West Hollywood Book Fair, September 28th, 2008. Author panel presentation on A Stranger Among Us: Stories of Cross Cultural Collision and Connection. Panel discussions centered on topics concerning politics, racial identity in America, and literature for social change.

“Exploring the Shades of Harlan: Gayl Jones, Language, and Female Friendship.”  Presented as part of the African American Literature Panel at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference, Reno, NV, October 9-11, 2008. 

“A Diamond Comes Into Flame.” Presented at the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference, Fort Bragg, August 2008.  Winner of Ellen Meloy Literature for Social Change Award and Creative Nonfiction Award.

“A Worthwhile Story To Tell: Guidelines for Writing Creative Personal Essays.” Presented as part of the Pedagogy Forum at the Association for Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference, New York, NY, Jan. 30-Feb. 3, 2008.

“Teaching Close Analysis: A Reading of Jamaica Kincaid’s ‘Girl.’”  Presented in a 35-minute lecture format at Bennington College, VT, Jan. 2008.

“Shame.” Presented as a 20-minute fiction reading at Bennington College, VT, Jan. 2008.

“Exploring Without Erasing: Staying True to Morrison’s Vision.” African American Literature Permanent Section Panel: Teaching Toni Morrison.  Presented at the Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) Conference, Cleveland, OH, Nov. 8-11, 2007.

Research and Interests

African-American and Black Diaspora Literature and Theory

Creative Writing


Ethnic Literature of the United States

Women’s Writings

Postcolonial Literature and Theory

Contemporary American Literature