Vandana Khanna was born in New Delhi, India, and has lived most of her life in the United States. Her collection of poetry, Train to Agra, won the 2000 Crab Orchard Review First Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in Callaloo, Crazyhorse, Hayden's Ferry Review, and the Crab Orchard Review, among others.

Khanna earned her BA from the University of Virginia and her MFA from Indiana University in Bloomington, where she was a recipient of the Yellen Fellowship in poetry. She lives in Los Angeles, California.