Aditi Angiras is a poet, writer and artist based in New Delhi. She has played dice during the green days of the desi underground rap movement, the South Asian spoken word scene and other such funk. Now, she spends her time thinking that maybe to poetry is to pause.
Ajay Patri is a writer and lawyer from Bangalore, India. His work has appeared in Cleaver Magazine, Eunoia Review, Jellyfish Review, Literary Orphans, Molotov Cocktail, among others, and been longlisted for the Wigleaf Top 50.
Dion D’Souza is a poet and short fiction writer. He is the author of Three Doors (Poetrywala, 2016), a collection of poems. He lives in Mumbai.
Janet H Swinney
Repentant inspector of post-16 education. Born and brought up in the North East of England, received her political education in Scotland and now lives in London. For over forty years, she shared a home with Indian-born composer, Naresh Sohal. Eleven of her short stories have appeared in print anthologies, the most recent, ‘Political Events Have Taken a Turn’, published earlier this year by Earlyworks Press. ‘The Map of Bihar’ (Earlyworks Press, UK and Hopewell Publications, USA) was nominated for the Eric Hoffer prize for prose 2013, while ‘The Work of Lesser Known Artists was a runner-up in the London Short Story Competition 2014 and appeared in Flamingo Land; (Flight Press, 2015). Several other stories have appeared in online literary journals based in India including ‘Out of Print’, the ‘Bombay Review’ and ‘Joao Roque’, with another one due in this August’s edition of the Lakeview International Journal of Literature and the Arts, based in Cochi. Janet’s first collection of short stories will appear later in this year, published by Circaidy Gregory Press. Her work has had listings and special mentions in a range of competitions ranging from Fish to Fabula and the Commonwealth short story competition. ‘One Million People, Full Stop’, based on some of the stories of Manto, is her first full-length play. When she’s not writing, she practises and teaches yoga.
Jane Borges is a Mumbai-based journalist. She writes on books, heritage and urban planning for Sunday mid-day, the weekend edition of mid-day newspaper. Bombay Balchão, which is set in a Catholic neighbourhood in the city, is her first novel. She has also co-authored Mafia Queens of Mumbai: Stories of Women from the Ganglands with S. Hussain Zaidi, which released in 2011.
Janice Pariat is a writer, columnist, and soap-maker living in New Delhi. Her most recent book is The Nine-Chambered Heart, published in India and eleven other countries.
Juanita Kakoty is a writer, researcher, editor and journalist with a sociological imagination. Her short stories have been published in Himal Southasian, The Assam Tribune, Kitaab, Eastlit, Earthen Lamp Journal, New Asian Writing and Writers Asylum.
Jyothi Vinod is a forty-nine year old writer from India. She is a qualified Electronics Engineer, and has taught undergraduates for many years. She quit her job in 2013 to pursue her dream of becoming a published writer. Her short stories have won the Katha Short Fiction Prize in 2015 (Second place) and in 2016 (Third Place). She was First Runner-up in the DNA-Out of Print Fiction Contest 2017. Her short stories and articles have appeared in the Deccan Herald, The Hindu, literary magazines: Reading Hour, Open Road Review, OutofPrint, India Currents, DWL- Papercuts, The Indian Quarterly (Jan-Mar 2019), Himal Southasian, and in anthologies (The Best Asian Short Stories 2017, The Other 2018, WE: Our Space 2018). Birds and trees are her other loves.
Kavya Kushnoor is a computer science professional and an occasional writer. She is based in the Pacific Northwest where she lives with her husband. In her free time, she likes to read, hike and walk on the beach with her puppy.
Lavanya Shanbhogue- Arvind
Lavanya Shanbhogue Arvind is a novelist, feminist research scholar and a Ted X speaker. She is the winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Special Prize (2011). Her short story, ‘The Crystal Snuff Box and the Pappudum; was adapted for radio by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association. Her short stories have been published in both Indian and International presses including the Griffith Review, Australia, Silverfish Books, Malaysia and Blink, year-end fiction special of the Hindu Business Line. Her non-fiction writings on feminist themes have appeared in Huffington Post, Hindu Business Line and Daily O amongst others. Her debut novel, The Heavens We Chase, set in pre-partition, British India, was released by Roli Books in 2016. Apart from a Master’s degree in Business, she holds a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the City University of Hong Kong. She was selected to attend the India Writing Workshop organised by the University of East Anglia. She is currently pursuing an Integrated MPhil-PhD degree in Women’s Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. She was recently awarded the Institute Gold Medal (2015-2017) for academic performance by TISS. She has been awarded the Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange Fellowship (WrIce Fellowship) by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Australia.
Michael Chin was born and raised in Utica, New York and currently lives in Georgia with his wife and son. His hybrid chapbook, The Leo Burke Finish, is available now from Gimmick Press and he has previously published work with journals including The Normal School, Passages North, and Hobart. He works as a contributing editor for Moss. Find him online at miketchin.com or follow him on Twitter @miketchin.
Michael Nugent is a New York City-based attorney who has completed three novels and several short stories, including The Last Word, to date. Nugent grew up spending time in an actual O’Connell Funeral Home belonging to relatives and that formative experience launched his fictional story in this issue.
Nugent completed a two-year, MFA-like program with a dedicated author/mentor at Denver’s Lighthouse Writers Workshop that, according to Poet & Writers, is one of four such novel-focused programs in the country. Among other things, he work-shopped The Last Word at Lighthouse. His novel, Money Like Sand, was also work-shopped at Lighthouse and was a semi-finalist in the 2015 James Jones First Novel Fellowship.
Mohit Parikh is author of Manan (HarperCollins). He was awarded a Toto Award for Creative Writing in 2015 and a Toto-Sangam House Residency Fellowship in 2017. His works have been published in many Indian and international literary journals including Griffith Review (Australia), Burrow Press Review (USA), Out of Print Magazine and The Indian Express (India). His debut novel, Manan, received Honorable Mention for Best Book Fiction at The Hindu-Goodbooks Awards in 2015-16. He graduated from Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode in 2018.
Natasha Gayari studied economics and international politics. She currently handles content strategy for a B2B tech startup. She is a community member of the Bangalore Writers Workshop. Her short stories have appeared in a variety of literary magazines.
Poornima Laxmeshwar resides in the garden city Bangalore and works as a content writer for a living. Her work has recently appeared in Cha, Madras Courier, The Sunflower Collective, Chai copy among several others. Her first poetry collection “Anything but Poetry” was published by Writers Workshop, Kolkata and a chapbook of her prose poems “Thirteen” was recently published by Yavanika Press. Her full-length poetry collection is soon to be published by Red River.
Prashila Naik is a writer, technologist, currently based out of Bangalore. Her work has been published in various online literary magazines from India and elsewhere, such as Muse India, Jaggery , Papercuts, Bombay Literary magazine, Bewildering Stories, Spark, Indian Review, among others, Her work is forthcoming in Sahitya Akademi’s Indian Literature and the Fellows of Nature Short Story Book.
Pravin has been published previously in Out of Print, Earthern Lamp and Spark magazines. He is based in Bangalore.
Priya Narayanan is a poet, writer and children’s author based in Ahmedabad. When not practicing and teaching design, she likes to travel solo and read. Brought up amidst the hustle and bustle of various cities, a part of her yearns for the quite solitude of the countryside. Consequently, she falls back upon writing for that sense of contentment and at times, closure. Priya’s poems have been previously published on literary platforms such as the Narrow Road Literary Magazine, thesame.blog etc and in anthologies such as The Unsettled Winter and Inspired by Tagore. Her next children’s book, ‘Ten Heads for Tanuj’, is soon-to-be-published by HarperCollins Kids.
Rebecca Lloyd is an author from the south of England. Literary awards in which she has been acknowledged include The World Fantasy Award, the Aestas Short Story Prize, the Paul Bowles Short Fiction Award and the Screencraft Cinematic Short Story Contest. Since 2014, her published work includes her novel Oothangbart with Pillar International Publishing, and four short story collections, Mercy and Other Stories and Seven Strange Stories with Tartarus Press, The View from Endless Street with WiDo Publishing, and Ragman and Other Family Curses with Egaeus Press. Her stories have been reprinted in Best British Horror (Salt Publishing), Best New Horror (PS Publishing) and Best Horror of the Year, with Ellen Datlow. She has also written two novellas, Jack Werrett, the Flood Man, (Dunhams Manor Press) and Woolfy and Scrapo, (The Fantasist Magazine). She has recently completed The Child Cephalina, a Gothic novel set in 1850, and is at work on a novella The Alabaster Boy.
Rochelle is a performance poet based in Goa. She writes about her travels, cultural influences and personal experiences. Her poems give voice to feelings of displacement, love and loss. She is the founder of The Poetry Retreat, a unique residency for poets in India. She has conducted open mics, slams, workshops and collaborations with international and local artists. Her solo collection of poetry, When Home Is An Idea is a conduit to talk about identity and displacement. She has two spoken word poetry albums, Best Apology Face and A Thin Veneer of Coping that are available on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp. She endorses hugs and hopes to disappear into the mountains one day. Find her online at https://www.rochelledsilva.in/
Rochelle Potkar is an alumna of Iowa’s International Writing Program (2015) and a Charles Wallace Writer’s fellow, University of Stirling (2017). Her poem To Daraza won the 2018 Norton Girault Literary Prize UK, and The girl from Lal Bazaar was shortlisted at the Gregory O’ Donoghue International Poetry Prize, 2018. She is the author of The Arithmetic of breasts and other stories, Four Degrees of Separation, and Paper Asylum. Her third book The Inglorious Coins of the Counting House is longlisted at the Beverly Prize Poetry Book Award, 2019, UK and shortlisted at the 2nd Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize 2019, NY. Winner of the 2016 Open Road Review contest for The leaves of the deodar, her story Chit Mahal (The Enclave) appeared in The Best of Asian Short Stories, Kitaab International, and Parfum was a notable entry at the DISQUIET International Literary prize 2019, Lisbon. Rochelle is working on her first screenplay, selected by the NFDC Screenwriters Lab 2018 for further development. Her poetry film Skirt showcased on Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland. She conducts haibun workshops across India. https://rochellepotkar.com.
Sridala Swami has published two collections of poetry, the most recent being Escape Artist (Aleph Book Co.: 2014). Swami lives in Hyderabad.
Subhashini Kaligotla is a poet and architectural historian of medieval India. A graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program in Creative Writing and a Kundiman poetry fellow, her work has appeared in such journals as The Caravan, diode, Drunken Boat, LUMINA, New England Review, and The Literary Review. In 2018, Subhashini published her first book of poems Bird of the Indian Subcontinent, which owes its existence to New York City. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at Yale University.
Sumana Roy is the author of How I Became a Tree, a work of nonfiction, Missing: A Novel, and Out of Syllabus: Poems. Her poems and essays have appeared in Granta, Guernica, LARB, Drunken Boat, the Prairie Schooner, Berfrois, The Common, and other journals.
Varsha Tiwary has published short stories, memoirs and essays in DNA-Out Of Print short fiction shortlist (2017), Kitaab, Basil O’Flaherty; Muse India. Her pieces are forthcoming in Gargoyle magazine, Jaggery, Manifest-station and The Wagon. She is currently on sabbatical from her nine to five job and lives in Maryland.
Vivek Menezes is the co-founder and co-curator of Goa Arts & Literature Festival (GALF) alongside his close friend and mentor, the eminent Konkani writer Damodar Mauzo. He is a widely published writer and photographer, weekly columnist for the Dhaka Tribune, founding editor of The Peacock daily newspaper at the International Film Festival of India, and frequent contributor to leading periodicals in India and abroad. He was born in Bombay, attended high school in New York, and holds degrees from Wesleyan University and the London School of Economics. He was curator of ‘Konkani Surrealism’, the large-scale group exhibition at Serendipity Arts Festival 2017, the even larger ‘Panjim 175’ at Serendipity Arts Festival 2018, and the multi-venue and interdisciplinary ‘Mundo Goa’ at Serendipity Arts Festival 2019. He lives in Panjim with his wife and three sons, very close to where the Mandovi river merges with the Arabian Sea.