Writers from India

India
1967
Shankha GHOSH
India
1971
Arvind Krishna MEHROTRA
India
1973
J. Thyagarajan Ashokamitran
India
1974, 1986
U.R. ANANTHAMURTHY
India
1975
Dilip CHITRE
India
1976
Jayanta MAHAPATRA
India
1977
Nirmal VERMA
India
1977
Adil JUSSAWALLA
India
1978
Rajagopal PARTHASARATHY
India
1979
Qurratulain HYDER
India
1979
Shrikant VARMA
India
1980
Syed Mustafa SIRAJ
India
1981
Sunil GANGOPADHYAY
India
1981
Kabita SINHA
India
1982
Usha SUBRAMANIAM
India
1983
Soubhagya MISRA
India
1984
Prayag SHUKLA
India
1985
Arun SADHU
India
1974, 1986
U.R. ANANTHAMURTHY
India
1986
SIVASANKARI
India
1987
Lakshmi KANNAN
India
1988
Anil Tryambak Awachat
India
1989
Devanur MAHADEV
India
1989
P. Bayapa REDDY
India
1990
Gagan GILL
India
1991
Mangalesh DABRAL
India
1994
Niranjan MOHANTY
India
1995
Ranjit HOSKOTE
India
1996

R. Raj RAO is a Reader in Commonwealth literature in the Department of English at the University of Poona. His publications include a collection of poems, Slide Show (Leeds: Peepal Tree Books, 1992); short stories, One Day I Locked My Flat in Soul-City (Delhi: Rupa & Co., 1995); plays, The Wisest Fool and Other Plays (Bombay: The Brown Critique, 1996). He has edited several anthologies and books of criticism. He earned his Ph.D. in comparative literature at the University of Bombay, with a thesis on the attitudes toward love and nature of Whitman and Tagore. He received the Nehru Centenary Post-doctoral Fellowship from the Government of India, and a travel fellowship from India's National Academy of Letters. Dr. Rao is currently at work on a biography of the Indian poet Nissim Ezekiel. He attends the IWP as a fellow of the AT&T Foundation.

India
2000

Hulkuntemath Shivamurthy Shastry SHIVA PRAKASH (poet, playwright, India; born 1954, Bangalore) is the author of four books of poems in Kannada; eight plays which were staged and published; two books on literary and theatre criticism, and two books of poetry translations. H.S. Shiva Prakash has taught English in several colleges in Karnataka, and is currently English editor for Indian Literature at the Sahitya Akademi in New Delhi. His poetry, plays, and translations have received awards from the Karnataka Sahitya Academy, and the productions of several of his plays have received national recogntion in India. Prof. Shiva Prakash has been actively involved in workshops for young playwrights and poetry translation, and his lectures on Indian theatre have brought him to Berlin, Cambridge, and the Nehru Centre in London. His most recent works include the play "Shakespeare's Dream Ship," anthologized in Same-Sex Love in India (St. Martin's Press, 2000). He earned the Ph.D. from Bangalore University in 1998. His participation in the IWP is supported by the University of Iowa.

India
2001

Shashi WARRIER (fiction writer, India; born 1959, Ottapalam, Kerala State) started his career as an economist and a software specialist in the early 1980s. Mr. Warrier's writing career began in 1994 with a juvenile fiction work The Hidden Continent (Penguin/Puffin), and he moved on to thrillers including Night of the Krait and The Orphan . Sniper was published by Harper Collins in 1999. He has also published numerous short stories on an Internet site, "Rediff on the Net." He provides regular reviews for various Indian journals. His participation in the IWP is through the US Department of State.

India
2001

Joy GOSWAMI (poet, India; b. 1954) writes in Bengali, and (since his debut with the collection Christmas and a Bunch of Winter Sonnets at 23), he has written over 800 poems that have been compiled in seventeen books; his other writing includes eight novels, and a collection of essays on modern poetry in India. He has twice received the Ananda Purashkar literary award: for his 1990 poetry collection Leaves of Fire, Are You Sleeping? and his novel written in verse, Those Who Were Wet By the Rain (1998). He is taking part in the IWP through the US Department of State.

Sukrita Paul KUMAR
India
2002

Sukrita Paul KUMAR (b. Nairobi, Kenya) is an associate professor of English at Zakir Husain College, University of Delhi. The recipient of many grants and awards, she has published nearly ten books of literary criticism, translation, and poetry. Her most recent book of poems is Folds of Silence (1998). She is currently at work on two new books. She is participating courtesy of the U.S. Department of State.

S. DIWAKAR
India
2002

S. DIWAKAR is highly regarded both as a short-story writer and as a translator, having published many translations of works by Nobel Prize-winning writers, as well as collections of his own short stories and poems. Mr. Diwakar is a book reviewer for the prestigious Indian Review of Books, and an editor in the Office of Public Affairs at the American Consulate in Chennai. He is participating courtesy of the South Asia Studies Program at the University of Iowa and the University of Iowa.

Rajeevan THACHOM POYIL
India
2004 Resident

Rajeevan THACHOM POYIL (poet, essayist, publisher; b. 1959, India) is a multifaceted writer and a well-established poet in the Malayalam language. He has translated his own poems from Malayalam into English and published two collections each in Malayalam and in English, in addition to a collection of essays in Malayalam on literary and cultural issues. His English-language poetry is represented in various anthologies such as the The Promise of the Rest (UK), Midnight's Grandchildren (Macedonia), The Green Dragon (South Africa) and The Brink (India). His poetry has been translated into Italian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Rumanian, Tamil, Hindi Telugu, Kannada, and Marathi. He writes bi-weekly columns in "The New Indian Express" and "The Hindu," and is the editor of Yeti Books, the first international imprint from Kerala. Mr. Thachompoyil is participating courtesy of the Department of State.

K.V. TIRUMALESH
India
2004 Resident

K.V. TIRUMALESH is a distinguished professor of linguistics at the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages in Hyderabad. His many published essays deal with topics in linguistics, literary theory, translation, and the teaching of English. Also a well-known Kannada poet, he has published several collections of poetry and translated the works of poets such as Ezra Pound and Wallace Stevens into Kannada.

Mani RAO
India
2005 Resident, 2009 Resident

Mani RAO is the author of seven books of poetry. Her essays and poems have appeared in Tinfish, Wasafiri, West Coast Line, 91st Meridian, Fulcrum, Zoland Poetry and many anthologies, with translations published in seven languages. Rao is currently completing a poetic translation of the Bhagavad Gītā from Sanskrit.

Srijato BANDYOPADHYAY
India
2006 Resident

Srijato BANDYOPADHYAY, among the most prolific of the new generation of Bengali-language poets, has published eight poetry collections, including Flying Jokers (2004), which won two literary awards, and The Story of Katiusha (2006). His poems appear in numerous magazines in West Bengal. He lives in Kolkata, where he edits the literary journal Jaruri Abastha [State of Emergency]. He participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

India
2007 Resident

Kiran NAGARKAR is a widely-read bilingual author in contemporary Indian literature, working in both English and Marathi. His novels and screenplays have been well received in India, England, Germany, and the U.S., leading to a Rockefeller Fellowship, the 2000 Sahitya Akademi Award for Best Novel (Cuckold, 1997), and a City of Munich Fellowship. Nagarkar’s latest novel in English, God’s Little Soldier (2006), has been translated into German, with French, Italian and Spanish translations forthcoming. He participates courtesy of the U.R. Ananthamurthy Foundation.

Vijay NAIR
India
2007 Resident

Vijay NAIR is the author of the novel Master of Life Skills (2006) and several plays. Recent stage productions include Scars in My Memory; Shadows on the Wall; Weeds; The Window; and The Gloomy Rabbit, all of which he wrote, directed and/or staged. In 2005, Nair received the Charles Wallace Award from the British Council, and was Writer-in-Residence at the University of Kent, Canterbury. Current projects include a second novel, a new play, and a film script. His website is www.vijaynair.net; he participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.

Kavery NAMBISAN
India
2007 Resident

Kavery NAMBISAN has worked as a surgeon in rural areas throughout India. She currently runs a medical centre for workers in Maharashtra, and a Learning Centre for their children. She has authored five novels, most recently ‘The Hills of Angheri,’ 2005, and several children’s books. Among her honors is a UNICEF-CBT Award for her children’s novel, ‘Once Upon a Forest.’ She also writes on healthcare issues for Indian press. She participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Meena KANDASAMY
India
2009 Resident

Meena KANDASAMY debuted with the poetry collection Touch (2006), and has published in The Little Magazine, the Quarterly Literary Review, Singapore, and elsewhere. A former editor of The Dalit that reflects the voice of India's ex-untouchables, she has also translated the writings of the Tamil Eelam leaders. In 2007 she was selected for 21 under 40: New Fiction for a New Generation, the Zubaan Anthology of Young Women Writing in South Asia. A short story collection, Black Magic, will come out later this year. A contributing editor to Muse India she also writes for the feminist blog Ultra Violet. She participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.

Mani RAO
India
2005 Resident, 2009 Resident

Mani RAO is the author of seven books of poetry. Her essays and poems have appeared in Tinfish, Wasafiri, West Coast Line, 91st Meridian, Fulcrum, Zoland Poetry and many anthologies, with translations published in seven languages. Rao is currently completing a poetic translation of the Bhagavad Gītā from Sanskrit.

Chandrahas CHOUDHURY
India
2010 Resident

Chandrahas CHOUDHURY is based in Mumbai. His book reviews and essays appear weekly in the Indian newspaper Mint Lounge, and have been published in dailies, magazines and journals worldwide. His short stories are included in the anthologies India, First Proof 2, and India Shining. He is the editor of India: A Traveler’s Literary Companion and writes the literary weblog “The Middle Stage” (at middlestage.blogspot.com). His first novel, Arzee the Dwarf, was shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth First Book Award. He participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State.

Usha K. R.
India
2011 Resident

Usha K. R. (novelist, fiction writer, editor; India) is the author of four novels: Sojourn (1998), The Chosen (2003), A Girl and a River (2007), and Monkey-man (2010), of which A Girl and a River won the Vodafone Crossword Award for Fiction, and Monkey-Man was long-listed for the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize. Her essays and short stories have been featured in magazines, newspapers, collections and anthologies, including the Katha Prize Stories Volume 5. She occasionally reviews books for the Deccan Herald and is the managing editor of IIMB Management Review, in Bangalore. She participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Sridala Swami
India
2013 Resident

Sridala SWAMI (poet, fiction writer, children’s writer; India) is the author of the poetry collection A Reluctant Survivor (2007), and four children’s books. Her creative and critical work has been published and anthologized in Wasafiri, The South Asian Review, Her Kind (the VIDA blog), and The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry, among others. Swami has been a film editor and teacher, curated a radio program “The Poetry Mohalla,” is at work on an international collaborative writing project titled Chirality, and on the text/image project ‘V’ is for Valley; she is also preparing a collection of interviews with contemporary Indian poets.  Her second poetry volume, Escape Artist, is forthcoming.  Her participation was made possible by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Binayak Banerjee
India
2014 Resident

Binayak BANERJEE (fiction writer, poet, playwright; India) is the author of the novels [A Year with Sohagini] (2008), [The Winner] (2009), and [Star Harbor] (2011), the poem collections [You My Life, You Alien] (2008), and [One Hundred Love Poems] (2013), and, in 2013, the play [Rabindranath Public Limited] (2013). He writes for Bengali literary magazines, is engaged with the Shakespeare Society of Eastern India, and teaches English at the Sri Ram Roy School and the Syamaprasad College in Kolkata. His participation is made possible by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.