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Puneet Dutt

Puneet Dutt earned a MA in English from Toronto Metropolitan University. Dutt was born in India, raised in New Jersey, and now lives in Toronto.


The Better Monsters

Toronto: Mansfield Press, 2017.
PS8607 .U89 B48 2017

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

If a book can be a mirror, The Better Monsters reflects what we see in ourselves and in each other. Replete with compelling protagonists and cross-referencing multiple identities, Puneet Dutt’s poems masterfully negotiate the cultural complexities of politics, violence, and war in the new century, and explore the lingering effect of racism and the ideas of borders, belonging, and home in North America and beyond. Honest, disarming, and brimming with the harrowing experiences and emotions of the individual, The Better Monsters is a fine debut from one of Canada’s most exciting emerging poets. 

Awards and Honours

2018 Raymond Souster Award (League of Canadian Poets) (Shortlist)
2018 Trillium Book Award for Poetry–English Language (Finalist)

Poetry (Chapbook)

PTSD south beach

Niagara Falls, ON: Grey Borders Books, 2016.

Publisher’s Synopsis


Awards and Honours

2016 Breitling Chapbook Prize (Finalist)


Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing

Dutt, Puneet. “Brains, Brains, Brains.” Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, eds. Sandra Kasturi and Jerome Stueart. Toronto: ChiZine Publications, 2016.


Publisher Grey Borders Books

Publisher Mansfield Press

Puneet Dutt personal website