Ananya Kumar-Bannerjee


What is your favorite line from your featured piece in The Ginger Collect?

“It blisters and her skin mushrooms with translucent liquid at night.”

It’s tremendously disgusting line. I really don’t know how I brought myself to write it.


Who is your most beloved author?

Oh! This is a tough one. I might say James Baldwin. Baldwin is such a versatile writer. The Fire Next Time is one of those classic, clean political essays that changed the way I think about literature. On the other hand, the extremely overlooked Giovanni’s Room was one a personal and emotionally fraught piece that changed the way I thought about writing about queerness.


Do you have a favorite quote from this author?

“I resented this: resented being called an American (and resented resenting it) because it seemed to make me nothing more than that, whatever that was; and I resented being called not an American because it seemed to make me nothing” -James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room


The above quote is extremely relevant to our current political period. I don’t know if Baldwin spoke with a prescience about our current age, or if America hasn’t changed. Either way, it’s a weighty thing to say.


What inspired your piece?

My mentor from the Adroit Mentorship (Garrett Biggs)! He gave us this prompt to write a person’s life in a really short paragraph. I was slurping Wonton soup in my mother’s bed, considering the prompt, when the piece came to me in a flurry.


You can read Ananya Kumar-Banerjee’s piece in Issue Three of The Ginger Collect: Something.


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