Priyanka Kumar is a recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award, New Mexico/New Visions Governor’s Award, Canada Council for the Arts Grant, Ontario Arts Council Literary Award, and an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Fellowship. Her essays and reviews have appeared in several publications, including The Huffington Post and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Her debut novel, the critically acclaimed Take Wing and Fly Here, was published in 2013. The book is the first in Kumar’s New West Trilogy, which explores our changing relationship with the outdoors in the American West. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and taught filmmaking at University of California Santa Cruz. She wrote, directed and produced the feature documentary The Song of the Little Road starring Martin Scorsese and Peter Rainer; it was “Pick of the Week” in the Los Angeles Times and is in the permanent collection of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.