Scholar, Poet, Novelist
Rise Global Initiative represents a philosophy that advocates education for sustainable development. It adopts interdisciplinary and integrative pathways to break through traditional approaches that are no longer working. Kanwar is keenly interested in building communities through collaborative approaches between Arts/Humanities and Science/Technology for innovative solutions to (education, gender, race, health, climate, etc.) challenges.
Committed to education for all, Kanwar has served in Higher Education in both India and the United States. Her experience includes contributing leadership as an administrator (with the responsibility, most recently, to build and operate a Federal grant-funded Graduate academic support program for minority students' graduation success) and as a professor. She was nominated for the Jenefer Giannasi Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshman English. Kanwar's previous work experience includes innovative program development and service for a school-based initiative (for which she received an Outstanding Service Award) and strategic plan development and management of the successful relaunch of a defunct national consumer magazine.
Kanwar supports gender participation and equity through forging pathways to (economic) empowerment and leadership development. Her book, The Sound of Silence, grew out of her doctoral dissertation on D.H. Lawrence. It is a literary and cultural study of attacks on unmarried women -- the single-most threatening group to the foundation of the patriarchy. Kanwar reads literature from an interdisciplinary socio-cultural, gender perspective: using literary/linguistic analysis and critical/psychoanalytic theories to speak of the lives of real women. Understanding the ways in which patriarchy works to disempower women, one can develop strategies for resistance and change. The book was nominated for the Independent Scholar's Award of the Modern Language Association. Kanwar has also written the Introduction to the Barnes and Noble edition of D.H. Lawrence's novel, The Lost Girl. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation, Indian Literature, Amsterdam Quarterly, Stonepile Writers' Anthology, etc. She is interested in global migration and issues of borders and boundaries (particularly the 1947 India Partition) nuanced by intersectionality. Her debut novel is forthcoming in 2021.
Kanwar believes passionately in the power of the written (and spoken) word to transform lives. She has given talks at local organizations, and made numerous national and international academic presentations and public readings of her fiction and poetry. She opened the Atlanta premiere (and fundraiser) of the BBC documentary, India's Daughter, with her poetry. She has received the Arnold B. Fox Essay Award (special reference), the 2018 Loquat Literary Award (third) in Poetry and the 2020 Creators of Justice Literary Award (third) in Poetry.
Kanwar earned a Bachelor's in English (Hons) from Jesus and Mary College of the University of Delhi and a Master's in English from the Faculty of Arts, University of Delhi. She received her PhD on a full teaching scholarship from Northern Illinois University, where she majored in English Literature (and culture) with an emphasis on narrative and gender. (Here she became the first international student to be elected President of the English Graduate Students Association, starting and supporting numerous initiatives for graduate student representation and advancement.) Kanwar has since availed of numerous professional development opportunities, including, most recently, "Poetry and Training the Eye" at Harvard Medical School.
Anju Kanwar Interview in Article on CircleAround Website
"South Asian Women's Sanctuary in South Florida"
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Anju Kanwar @ Florida Loquat Festival
Poetry Awards and Reading
March 24, 2018
From Florida Loquat News #29, July 2018
Anju Kanwar @ ETS Daytona Poetry Reading
From Daytona Daze, vol. 10.5
Anju Kanwar@ AWSA conference, Cairo
From Academia, vol.4, no. 1, p. 5
Anju Kanwar @ Women in Healthcare Seminar
From The Daily Chronicle, DeKalb, IL