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.
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.
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.
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.
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.