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Natasha Moni

Author's Bio

Natasha Kochicheril Moni, a first-generation American, born to native Dutch and East Indian parents, writes and resides in the Pacific Northwest. She holds a BA in Child Development from Tufts University, where she studied briefly with the poet, Deborah Digges. Natasha's debut collection, The Cardiologist's Daughter, was released by Two Sylvias Press in late 2014. Her poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in over 50 journals including Magma, Fourteen Hills, Indiana Review, Rattle, DIAGRAM, [PANK], Hobart, and Verse. She has enjoyed creating/hosting a spoken word venue for at-risk youth, editing/publishing a small literary journal (Crab Creek Review, 2006-2008), interning for Small Press Distribution Books, sitting on literary arts panels (Centrum and Artist Trust), as well as transcribing audio for the Alan Watts Mountain Center. While completing her naturopathic medical degree, she is on what she calls her "I'm in Med School While My First Book's Being Released so I'm Going to Stretch This Out for a Few Years Like the Titles of my Poems AKA The Run-on Tour". She is available to lecture/read at your venue, university, given the feasibility (dates, time, location, payment).

Publications and Prizes

Journals:
Bellingham Review, Cranky, Diagram, Diner, Fourteen Hills, Indiana Review, Lifelines: A Dartmouth Medical School Literary Journal, Pedestal Magazine, Poetry Southeast, Rattle, Raven Chronicles, Sierra Nevada Review, Silk Road, Siren, The Other Voices International Project, Toasted Cheese, Verse
Prizes:
Having been named finalist, semi-finalist so often, Natasha Kochicheril Moni has dubbed herself the Bride's Maid's Maid of Poetry. She hopes to change this status, stat. The Cardiologist's Daughter mentioned on Straight Forward's Poetry Shopping List of Must Reads for 2015. Semifinalist in Crab Orchard Review full-length mss contest, 2010. Best of the Net nominations 2009 (finalist), 2010, 2011. Semifinalist for Dana Awards, 2011. Best of the Web nomination 2010. Semi-finalist for Black Lawrence Press's Hudson Prize, Full-length Contest, 2008. Puffin Foundation Grant (for Crab Creek Review), 2008. Semi-finalist for Black Lawrence Press Black River Chapbook Contest, 2007. Finalist for Vincent Chin Memorial Prize (chapbook) sponsored by Kundiman for Asian-American writers, 2004.

Natasha Moni Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Foreign by Sonora Jha, Elegy/Elk River by Michael Schmeltzer, In Another Life by Julie Christine Johnson, All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders, Bedside Cardiology by Jules Constant
Favorite Books:
East of Eden, Steinbeck Dancing in Odessa, Ilya Kaminsky Angel of History, Carolyn Forché Crush, Richard Siken In the Wilderness, Kim Barnes Once I Was Cool, Megan Stielstra Better, Atul Gawande Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot Truth and Beauty, Ann Patchett
Favorite Authors:
Above and many more, TBA.

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Listing last updated: March 8, 2016

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Other
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Hackensack, NJ
Raised in:
Virginia Beach, VA

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