Devi S. Laskar is a poet, photographer, novelist and former newspaper reporter. Her debut novel, The Atlas of Reds and Blues, won the Asian/Pacific American Award in Literature and The Crook’s Corner Book Prize; and was selected by The Georgia Center for the Book as “A Book All Georgians Should Read.” The Washington Post named her debut novel one of the 50 best books of 2019.
She holds an MFA from Columbia University, an MA in South Asian Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and BAs in English and Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. In 2017, Finishing Line Press published two poetry chapbooks, Gas & Food, No Lodging and Anastasia Maps. In May 2022, Mariner Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/HarperCollins) will publish her second novel, CIRCA.
A native of Chapel Hill, NC, Laskar now lives in California with her family.
How to Future Proof Your Story
Using truths in current technology, I will lead a workshop on strategies to develop characters who are credible and sympathetic in speculative/science fiction settings.