MENAGERIE

 
 

Vinita Agrawal is an award winning poet, writer, editor and translator. Author of Words Not Spoken, The Longest Pleasure and The Silk Of Hunger, Vinita edits www.thewomaninc.com. You can follow her at @vinita65.
 
Author of whorelight (Hawakal, Aug 2017), Linda Ashok is the 2017 Charles Wallace India Fellow in Creative Writing (Poetry) at the University of Chichester, UK. Her poems and reviews have appeared/forthcoming in several publications, online and in print, including The Common, Contemporary Verses 2, Crab Orchard Review, McNeese Review, Friends Journal, Axolotl, Skylight 47, Vinyl, The Big Bridge Anthology of Contemporary Indian Poets, Mascara Literary Review, The Rumpus, Stirring – A Sundress Publication, Expound, and others. Linda is the Founder/President of RædLeaf Foundation for Poetry & Allied Arts and sponsors the annual RL Poetry Award (since 2013). More at: lindaashok.com.
 
Urvashi Bahuguna’s debut poetry collection, Mudscope, was selected for the 2017 Emerging Poet’s Prize by Aimee Nezhukumatathil and will be published in 2018 by The Great Indian Poetry Collective. Her work has been recognized by a Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship, a Sangam House fellowship, and an Eclectica Spotlight Author Prize.
 
Maaz Bin Bilal is Assistant Professor at Jindal School of Liberal Arts at O. P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India. He earned his PhD from Queen’s University Belfast for his dissertation on the politics of friendship in E. M. Forster’s work. He writes poetry and prose in English and translates from Urdu and Hindi.
 
Rochelle D’Silva curates a monthly poetry open mic in Mumbai called ‘Words Tell Stories’ that features local and international artists and runs a slam series called ‘Mumbai Poetry Slam’. Her poetry and music album titled Best Apology Face was released in 2017 followed by her debut collection of poetry titled When Home Is An Idea (2017).
 
Binu Karunakaran is a poet, translator and journalist based in Kochi, India. A recipient of the Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship for writing, some of his poems were part of a group anthology A Strange Place Other Than Earlobes published by Sampark, Kolkata, in 2015.
 
Mosarrap H Khan recently defended his doctoral dissertation at the Department of English, New York University. He is a founding-editor at Cafe Dissensus.
 
Aryanil Mukherjee is a bilingual poet, translator and editor with 14 books of poetry to his credit. His works appear in The Harper-Collins Book of Indian Poetry in English (2011), The Literary Review Indian Poetry (New Jersey: Fairleigh Dickinson University, 2009); Indivisible: An Anthology of South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas Press, 2010), and La Pared de Agua, a Spanish anthology of contemporary Bengali poetry (Madrid:Olifante Press, 2011). His poetry has been discussed in the Best American Poetry Blog and has been translated into Hindi, Spanish and Danish. Aryanil edits Kaurab, a Bengali language e-zine of experimental poetry and poetics and works as an engineering mathematician in Cincinnati, USA.
 
Sahana Mukherjee is currently in her final year of M.A. at Jadavpur University. A recipient of the 2017 Charles Wallace fellow at the University of Edinburgh, 2017, her first collection of poems is expected to be out shortly.
 
Aditi Nagrath is a student of clinical psychology based in New Delhi, India. Her poetry has been featured in Cyberhex Journals, A Literation, and Haverthorn Magazine, among others. Her first collection of poetry, Beyond Survival, was published in 2015 through Condensed Matter Bindery & Press.

 

 

 
 
 
 
Deepti Nair received her education in New Media Design at the National Institute of Design, India. She is a trained artist and prefers staying away from the computer to create or assist in her art. She believes that art has to be felt and experienced. She specializes in working with paper cuts, acrylic and loves sculpting with clay. Her inspiration are drawn directly from nature and her travels.
 
Huzaifa Pandit is pursuing a PhD on Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Agha Shahid Ali and Mahmoud Darwish – Poetics of Resistance at University of Kashmiri. He also writes poems in English and often translates Urdu poetry into English.
 
Harikrishnan Panicker received his education in Visual Communication at the Indian Institute of Technology. He is a trained graphic designer and illustrator. He was born and raised in Mumbai, India where he was the senior designer for MTV Networks India and has designed for brands like MTV India, VH1 India, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. He fell in love with paper cutting art after seeing Balinese shadow puppets and has since been experimenting with paper and light.
 
Fictionist and poet, Rochelle Potkar is the author of The Arithmetic of Breasts and Other Stories and Four Degrees of Separation. Her book Paper Asylum (haibun) is due soon. She is the alumna of Iowa’s International Writing Program, and the Charles Wallace writer’s fellowship, Stirling. (www.rochellepotkar.com).
 
Mani Rao is the author of eight poetry books, and two books in translation — The Bhagavad Gita, and Kalidasa for the 21st Century Reader. Her poems and essays are published in journals including Tinfish, Wasafiri, Meanjin, Washington Square, Fulcrum, West Coast Line, and Interim, and in various anthologies.
 
Sumana Roy’s first book, How I Became a Tree, a work of non-fiction, was published in India in February. Her poems and essays have appeared in Granta, Guernica, LARB, Drunken Boat, the Prairie Schooner, Berfrois, and other journals. She lives in Siliguri in India.
 
Dinesh Sairam is stock market investor from southern India and a poet who reads a lot of non-fiction. His works appeared in the literary journal of Arizona State University and others. He was one of the finalists of the RL Poetry Award 2014 (India category).
 
Sudeep Sen’s prize-winning books include Postmarked India: New & Selected Poems (HarperCollins)’, Rain, Aria, The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry (editor), Fractals: New & Selected Poems | Translations 1980-2015 (London Magazine Editions), and EroText (Vintage: Penguin Random House). Sen is the first Asian honoured to speak and read at the Nobel Laureate Festival. The Government of India awarded him the senior fellowship for “outstanding persons in the field of culture/literature.”
 
Kiriti Sengupta is a bilingual poet and translator, both in English and Bengali, and based in Calcutta. More at www.kiritisengupta.com.
 
Shriram Sivaramakrishnan recently completed his MA in Poetry from Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, UK. His poems have appeared in Lemon Hound, Bird’s Thumb, Softblow, Camas, Allegro, etc. His play was featured at the Chennai chapter of the 2017 Short and Sweet Theatre festival. He tweets at @shriiram.
 
Dr. Srividya Sivakumar is a poet, columnist, teacher, and speaker. Her first book, The Blue Note was published by Writers Workshop, Kolkata in 2012. Her poems appeared in The Peacock’s Cry, the Kritya anthology, Samyukta- A Journal of Women’s Studies, and 40 Under 40: An Anthology of Post-Globalisation Poetry. Her second book of poems is slated for 2018.