Shanta Acharya, born and educated in Cuttack, India, won a scholarship to Oxford, and was among the first batch of women admitted to Worcester College in 1979. A recipient of the Violet Vaughan Morgan Fellowship, she was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy for her work on Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1983. She was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of English and American Literature and Languages at Harvard University before joining an American investment bank in London in 1985. She has worked in the asset management industry since and has written extensively on the subject.
The author of eleven books, her publications range from poetry, literary criticism and fiction to finance. Her latest is Imagine: New and Selected Poems (HarperCollins, India; 2017). Founder of Poetry in the House, Shanta hosted a series of monthly poetry readings at Lauderdale House, Highgate, in London from 1996-2015. She has twice served on the board of trustees of The Poetry Society as well as The Poetry School and the Arvon Foundation in the UK.