Devi S. Laskar

What would you do if you lost your finished manuscript due to circumstances outside of your control? This is this week’s guest’s story. Devi Laskar’s resilience in the aftermath of police raiding her home and confiscating her computer is just part of this amazing and wild tale. Devi’s experience led us to think about all the ways in which writing is naturally uncertain, how there are no guarantees, and her well-taken point that the only thing all published writers have in common is that they didn’t quit. A perfect note to end the year on.


Devi S. Laskar is the author of The Atlas of Reds and Blues, which was named by The Washington Post as one of the 50 best books of 2019. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and an MA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work has appeared in poem-a-day (, Indian Express, and Crab Orchard Review. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. She is an alumna of both TheOpEdProject and VONA, and has published two poetry chapbooks. A native of Chapel Hill, N.C., she now lives in California with her family.

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