Shanta Acharya won a scholarship to Oxford, where she 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.
The author of ten books, her poems, articles and reviews have appeared in major publications in the UK, USA and India, including Poetry Review, PN Review, the Guardian Poem of the Week, The Spectator, Edinburgh Review, London Magazine, The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry, India International Centre Quarterly, The Literary Review and Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond.
Her New & Selected Poems was published this year. In addition to her philanthropic activities, she served twice on the board of trustees of the Poetry Society in the UK.