• Grab your heart...

      Claus Ankersen, intergalactic traveller, poet, writer, artist, anthropologist and performer, is the author of eight highly-acclaimed books of prose and poetry in his native Denmark. A world leading voice in performance poetry, Claus has performed readings of his renowned literature and poetry at festivals in 19 countries around the world. The author works bilingually in Danish and English, his work ranging from poetry and short stories to longer fiction, and deals with such themes as esoterics, systems-critique, love, revolution and magical reality. Often likened to such luminaries as Alan Ginsberg, Dan Turell, James Joyce and Hunter S. Thompson, Ankersen offers a fresh perspective all his own. Published internationally, his work has been translated into 11 languages, Ankersen is sharing his treasure-chest of perpetually blooming wonder across numerous continents. He works cross disciplinary and inspiration comes from a range of sources, including those of the site-specific, psycho-geography of inner and outer landscapes. Recent publications include the full poetry collections A Sudden Convergence (Krok Books, 2016), Soulmates (Copenhagen Storytellers, 2017) as well as contributions to two Indian international poetry anthologies, Capitals (Bloomsbury, 2017) and All The Worlds Between (Yoda Press, 2017). Latest performance venues include Bucharest International Poetry Festival, Faine Misto Festival in Ukraine and TEDxCopenhagen. India holds a special place in this poet?s heart. In India, Claus holds fellowships from Sangam House, Studio Arnawaz, CMI Arts Initiative and India-North Art & Architecture Ateliers. Ankersen has appeared at Poetry with Prakriti, Delhi Arts Festival, Kala Ghoda Festival, as well as given guest lectures at universities and learning institutes. Having met and interacted with poetry colleagues and titans across the world, Claus Ankersen has realized the need for a formal organization of the global-local sister-brotherhood of hypersensitive pens, most recently founding the activist artist network Army of Poets. When he is not writing poetry, traveling or making art, Claus is developing his own mystery school of yoga and magic, cooking and talking back to nature.
    • Frazil

      Menka Shivdasani has three previous collections of poetry. Her first book, Nirvana at Ten Rupees, was published by XAL-Praxis in 1990. Her second poetry collection Stet first appeared in 2001, and her third collection, Safe House, was published in 2015 by Paperwall Media. Menka has edited an anthology of women’s writing, If the Roof Leaks, Let it Leak, for Sound and Picture Archives for Research on Women (SPARROW), and two anthologies of contemporary Indian poetry for the American e-zine She is also co-translator of an anthology of Sindhi Partition poetry, Freedom and Fissures (Sahitya Akademi). Menka has been published widely, both in India and elsewhere, and her work is represented in Indian Literature in English: An Anthology, the Second-Year Bachelor of Arts degree textbook of the University of Mumbai. In 1986, she played a key role in founding the Poetry Circle. Her work as a journalist includes a stint with South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, and the publication of thirteen books as co-author/ editor, three of which were released by the then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
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      Hemant Divate is a poet, editor, publisher and translator. He is the founder-editor of the Marathi little magazine Abhidhanantar, which was published uninterruptedly for 15 years. Abhidhanantar has been credited for providing a solid platform to new poets and for enriching the post-nineties Marathi literary scene. Divate is credited with changing the Marathi literary scene through Abhidhanantar and the Indian English poetry scene through his imprint Poetrywala. He is the author of six poetry collections in Marathi. Divate's poems have been translated into French, Italian, Slovak, Japanese, Persian, Maltese, Serbian, Slovenian, Greek, Hindi and many Indian languages. In translation, he has a book each in Spanish, Irish, Arabic, German and Estonian apart from four in English. His poems figure in numerous anthologies in Marathi and English. The most significant among these are These My Words edited by Eunice de Souza and Melanie Silgardo, The Red Hen Anthology of Indian Poetry edited by Ravi Shankar and Sampurna Chattarji, 100 Great Poems in Indian languages from the Last 3000 Years edited by Abhay K Kumar, and Kavita Antologija Sodobne Indijske Poezije (Anthology of Indian Poetry in Slovenian translation) edited by Evald Flisar and K Satchidanandan. Divate has participated in numerous international poetry and literature festivals across the globe. His publishing house, Paperwall Media & Publishing, has published (under its imprint Poetrywala) more than 100 poetry collections. Hemant lives and works in Mumbai.
    • Open me my shad...

      Avner Pariat, born in 1986, is a Khasi-Jaintia writer from Shillong. He has contributed articles to a number of publications including Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) and Cafe Dissensus. He has been contributing editor for, an independent webzine, and writes a blog, From Mawlai. He is very interested in museums and indie films.
    • Aerial Roots

      Subhro Bandopadhyay is the author of four books of poetry, one of which earned him the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar Indian national award for young writers in 2013. Two have been translated into Spanish and are published in Spain. He received the Mallika Sengupta Puraskar award in 2016. A Bengali biographer of Pablo Neruda, he has received the Antonio Machado International Poetry Fellowship from the Government of Spain and Poetas de otros mundos distinction from Fondo po?tico internacional, Spain.
    • A Different Wat...

      Anitha Thampi is a Malayalam poet and translator living in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. She has published three collections of poetry: Muttamatikkumpol (While Sweeping the Front Yard, 2004); Azhakillaathavayellam (All That Are Bereft of Beauty, 2010); and Alappuzha Vellam (Alappuzha Water, 2016). In 2007, a collection of her translations of the Australian Poet Les Murray was published in a bilingual edition. She has also translated Juan Ramón Jiménez’s Platero and I; Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio; and the Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti’s autobiographical monologue I Saw Ramallah into Malayalam.
    • Intervensions

      Nia Davies was born in Sheffield and lives in Wales. Her first book-length collection of poems All fours (Bloodaxe Books, 2017) follows the pamphlets England (Crater, 2017), ekoslovakyallatramadklarmzdanmsnz or Long Words (Hafan/Boiled String, 2016) and Then Spree (Salt, 2012). She has been editor of the international quarterly magazine Poetry Wales since 2014. Her poems and essays have been published and translated widely and she has appeared at several international festivals. She has worked on and co-curated transcultural collaborative projects with Literature Across Frontiers, Wales Literature Exchange, Wales International Poetry Festival and others. A frequent collaborator with other poets and artists, she co-curated Gelynion, a Welsh Enemies project on collaboration in contemporary poetry in Wales in 2015. Her poetry has been translated into Arabic, Czech, Kannada, Kurdish, Latvian, Mandarin, Slovak, Spanish, Turkish and Welsh. Nia is currently undertaking practice-based research into poetry, performance and ritual at the University of Salford
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      Nabanita Kanungo's first book, A Map of Ruins, was published by Sahitya Akademi in 2014. Her poems have appeared in Caravan, Planet (The Welsh Internationalist), Prairie Schooner, ELSEWHERE LIT, The Missing Slate, VAYAVYA, and The Bombay Literary Magazine, among others. Her work has also been anthologised in Ten: The New Indian Poets (Nirala Publications, 2013), Gossamer (Kindle Magazine, 2015) and 40 under 40 (Poetrywala, 2016). She lives in Shillong and divides her time (unsuccessfully), between geography and poetry.
    • Durable Transit

      Ravi Shankar is author/editor of a dozen books, including most recently “The Golden Shovel: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks” and “Autobiography of a Goddess”, translations of the 9th century Tamil poet/saint, Andal which won the 2016/2017 Muse India Translation Award. He founded the online journal of arts Drunken Boat, has won a Pushcart Prize and a RISCA artist grant, has appeared on Radio NPR, the BBC and PBS, in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Caravan, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, and been interviewed and translated into over 10 languages. He currently holds a research fellowship from the University of Sydney.
    • Collected Poems

      Jayanta Mahapatra (1928) is a bilingual poet. He has published over 40 volumes of poetry in English and Odia, translations, short stories, essays, and memoirs, and has been featured in numerous anthologies. His first two volumes of poetry in English—Close the Sky (Calcutta, Dialogue Publication) and Svayamvara and Other Poems (Calcutta, Writers Workshop)—were published in 1971. In the late seventies, he founded and edited Chandrabhaga, a literary magazine dedicated to Indian writing. He is the first Indian poet writing in English to be awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for Poetry in 1981. He is also the recipient of the Jacob Glatstein Memorial Award for Poetry in 1975, the Allen Tate Poetry Prize from The Sewanee Review, and the SAARC Literary Award, both in 2009. He has been a Visiting Writer at the International Writing Program, Iowa City in 1976-77, and the Resident Writer at the Centre Culturale della Fondazione Rockefeller, Bellagio, Italy in 1986. In 2009, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the President of India. However, he returned the award in 2015 as a mark of protest against the growing 'moral asymmetry' in the country. In 2017, he was awarded the Kanhaiyalal Lifetime Poetry Award at the Jaipur Literature Festival. He currently lives in Cuttack, Odisha.
    • The Metaphysics...

      Ajithan G. Kurup was born on 25. 01. 1957, in Kadakkal, Kollam district, Kerala. At age four, he was admitted to the Infant Jesus Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School in Thangassery. In 1965, he joined Loyola School in Sreekaryam, Trivandrum. He completed his schooling at the St. Thomas Residential School (ICSE) in Mannanthala, Trivandrum in 1972. He was an outstanding student, winning the gold medal as the best out-going student. During this period, he was also awarded the National Science Talent Scholarship. He completed his pre-degree in English from University College in Trivandrum in 1974 and then moved to Bangalore to pursue his studies, graduating in English and Economics from National College in Basavanagudi in 1977. He returned to University College to do his M.A. in English but left without appearing for his exams. He finally completed his M.A. in Linguistics from Deccan College, Pune, while simultaneously immersing himself in learning German. It was also during this period that he developed a keen vision for cinema, spending a lot of his time at FTII. Professionally, he has worn many hats. In the early days, as a journalist, a theatre artist, a welder, a resource person with a fishermen's group, and a voice artist. Later, as a chocolatier (he trained in chocolate making at the reputed ZDS College in Solingen, Germany), corporate employee, copywriter, documentary and ad filmmaker, and consultant to the AP Government. Ajithan G. Kurup passed away in April 2015.
    • Khindit Gothale...

      Avinash Gaikwad (1963) is a poet, playwright, actor and director based in Thane. He has published two poetry collections Janjaal (1999) and Ajunahi Aswast Rohini (2008). He has written and directed a play Appa ani Gangwar (1988). He has also scripted and directed a short film The Hunger (2016). He is curating and publishing online (YouTube) a show Avinash barobar kavitechya jagat where he introduces a poet writing in Marathi every Saturday.
    • Cyborg Proverbs

      Nitoo Das is a birder, caricaturist, and poet. Her first collection of poetry, Boki, was published in 2008. Das’s Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University dealt with constructions of the Assamese Identity under the British. Her poetry has been published in journals like Poetry International Web, Pratilipi, Muse India, Eclectica, Seven Sisters Post, North East Review, Four Quarters Magazine, Poetry with Prakriti, Vayavya, etc. Her interests include birding and bird photography, fractals, comic books, horror films, poetry as hypertext, and translation from Assamese to English. Das teaches literature at Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi.
    • Six Bangla Poet...

      Born in 1935, Chandak Chattarji is an educationist, author of English text-books and poet. A product of Santiniketan and Calcutta University, Chattarji taught English in Africa and in India, before retiring as the Principal of Air Force School, Kanpur. His recent publications include Get a Grip on English Grammar (Scholastic 2015), a workbook for students of all ages; and the poetry collection Summer Knows (Sampark 2015), select poems from which are being translated into German, Portuguese, French, Welsh and Estonian.

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