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Megha Sood is a New Jersey-based Pushcart Nominated Award-winning poet, editor, author, blogger, and literary activist. She earned her Postgraduate Degree in Computer Application (M.C.A)and Bachelors in Computer Sciences (B.Sc.) from India. She is an Assistant Poetry Editor for the UK-based Arts and Literary Journal MookyChick, Literary Partner in the “Life in Quarantine'' Project by Stanford University, USA, and Associate Editor with Literary Journal “Life and Legends”.
She is also an advocacy member for the United Nations Associations-US Chapter(UNA-US). She is also a member of the Women National Book Association (WNBA) and the National League of American Pen Women. (NLAPW)
She is the author of a chapbook (“A Potpourri of Emotions”, Local Gems Press, NY). Chapbook ( "My Body is Not An Apology", Finishing Line Press, 2021) and Full Length ( "My Body Lives Like a Threat", Flower Song Press,2021). She co-edited anthologies (“The Medusa Project”, Mookychick) and ( “The Kali Project”, Indie Blu(e) Press). She is also the Associate Editor for the upcoming Brownstone Poets Anthology 2022 managed by Patricia Carragon.
Her debut editorial anthology The Medusa Project" has recently been selected as the digital payload to be sent to the moon in 2023 as part of the "Polaris" collection of the LunarCodex Project in collaboration with NASA/SpaceX and Astrobotics Technology. The curator and founder of the project, Dr. Samuel Peralta is responsible for sending the works of almost 6000+ creatives and one A. I was a part of the most expansive project to the moon vis three different lunar capsules.
"My Body Lives Like a Threat" has been chosen as a semifinalist for the "Shirley Holden Grant for Women Writers" by the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW). "The Kali Project" has been a finalist in the 15th Annual Indie Excellence Book Awards. Her Chapbook " My Body Is Not an Apology" was ranked at no5 in the Asian American Poetry on Amazon US in October2021.
Her poetry was recently published in the December Newsletter “NOW” of FAO ( Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations) in honor of the World Food Day 2021. In addition, for each poem submitted, 10 tree seedlings were purchased on the poet’s behalf by Ms. Rebecca Roach and planted around the world by the Eden Reforestation Projects which employs local stakeholders in areas impacted by deforestation and poverty. Almost 1200 seedlings were donated on behalf of the poets whose work was submitted to the project. Her poetry was published alongside Ellen Bass, Lauren Mukamal Camp, Ellihaj Pringle, and many more.
Her 800+ works have been featured internationally in literary journals, magazines, anthologies, newspapers, radio stations, podcasts like Rising Phoenix Review, SONKU, National BEAT Poetry Foundation, Better than Starbucks, Poetry Society of New York,PW.org, Broadway World, New York Public Library(NYPL), WNYC Studios, BlogTalkRadio Show WOW(Wow of Women) Podcast, Pandora Peoples RadioShow on 92.1 FM, New Provincetown, MA and 93.1 FM New Orleans, USA. HUDSON Reporter, NJ.COM/Jersey Journal, New Jersey Stage, Somerville Times, Poets Wear Prada Podcast, UK-based Eat the Storms, Philadelphia Enquirer, LILIPOH, PBS American Portrait, WNYC Studios, Kissing Dynamite, American Writers Review, Dime show review, and many more. She has been nominated twice for Pushcart Prize in 2020 and 2021. She is also a recipient of the 2021 Poet Fellowship from Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing ( MVICW).
Performing venues includes New York Poetry Festival, Nuyorican Cafe, Hudson County Community College, Hoboken Library, Hoboken Historical Museum, In Full color, BrownStone Poets, Walk_Bye, OceanSide Library, Jersey City Historic Apple Tree House, Arts House, Jersey City, Poetry Festival including “Anantha” by Samyukta Poetry, Jersey City Poetry Festival, Newark Arts Festival, Paterson Poetry Festival, Culver Book Festival, New Orleans Poetry Festival, Hartford Book Festival, FEMINEN Arts Turkey festival, SETU Women Poets Festival, Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA), Women’s National Book Association, When People Speak, When Women Speak and many more.
She was the panelist at the #AWP22 ( Association of Writers and Writing Program ) conference for the event “Creative Activism in Words & Action: Writers & Activists at the United Nations” on behalf of Life and Legends. Fellow panelists include Rachel Pittman, Executive Director of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA); Dunya Mikhail, Kresge Fellowship, and the United Nations Human Rights Award for Freedom recipient; Christopher Merrill: Poet, writer, and the director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, and Kalpna Singh-Chitnis: EIC and Founder of Life and Legends and Silent River Film Festival.
She has been Poetry Judge for the 2020 SLAM Poetry competition, IITD (Institute of Information Technology-Delhi) Kaizen’21, and the 2021 State level NAMI NJ Poetry Contest.
She has been a featured poet in Hoboken Historical Museum, Hoboken Library, BrownStonePoets, Oceanside Library Poetry reading 2020, NY alongside Brooklyn Poet Laureate and Fellow of Academy of American Poets Maria Lisella. She was also a Featured Poet in Brown Stone Poetry Reading 2020 alongside LA-Based Joshua Corwin and Chad Parenteau. Her events include the Historical Nuyorican Cafe ( April 10, 2021) in NYC and a featured poet alongside Alora Young ( Youth Poet Laureate of Nashville) and Sophia Falco in the event "Women in Poetry's Future" managed by WNBA-DC ( Women's National Book Association", DC Chapter) on April 20, 2021. She is also been a featured poet in the country's longest weekly poetry event curated by Kai Coggin, Wednesday Night Poetry. She also has been a featured Poet in the “Night of Poetry” Event to support Cory Provost’s re-election, District Leader, Kings County, Brooklyn, NY.
Her literary partnership "Life in Quarantine" with Stanford University has been presented in the Open Education Global Forum 2020 and received mention in the newspaper Stanford Daily. Her sonnet publication with the Poetry Society of New York has been accepted as a Summer Reading curriculum in University High School, Indiana, USA. and also been transformed into a dance performance by the Van Dance Inc. She also has been featured on the PBS American Portrait. Her works have also been selected in the literary publication of various US universities like (Temple University, Philadelphia), Stanford University, University of Albany, Kent State University, Chicago University, and Arkansas University.
Her works have been selected numerous times by the Jersey City Writers Group and the Department of Cultural Affairs for the Arts House Festival. Chosen twice as the international panelist for the Jersey City Theater Center Online Series “Voices Around the World”. and "The Box: Reinvention 2021". Her poems have been displayed as part of the Walk_Bye exhibit curated by Catalina Arunguren at various venues like City Hall, Jersey City, Berry Lane Park, Paterson Poetry Festival, and Jersey City Library.
Her poetry has been showcased in public spaces such as City Hall, Jersey City, Berry Lane Park, NJ, Paterson Poetry Festival 2021, Jersey City Free Public Library, and many more. Her collaboration with the Poetry Society of New York has been turned in to dance performance by the award-winning VanDance Inc. and was presented at the dance festival in 2021. Her poem “Surreal” has been performed at the WildSound Festival, LA by Hollywood Actress Careena Cojeen. Her poem “Survival is an Art”, Finalist in the Pangolin Poetry Contest 2019, has been read and performed by award-winning UK-based singer Tally Koren. Her poem “Angels in Blue” written as an ode to the medical workers during COVID-19 also shares the space with the poem written by the President of Ireland Uachtarán na hÉireann Michael D. Higgins in the literary journal Pendemic.
Through her literary partnership with Stanford University she was able to curate the works of Richard Blanco,US Presidential Inaugural Poet during President Barack Obama's second term. Her debut print anthology as an editor ("The Kali Project, Indie Blue Press) has garnered enough attention in the media and other outlets. You can learn more about it here.
Awards and Nominations:
Megha is a 2022 Winner of the Broadside San Gabriel Poetry Festival, 2020 National Level Winner in the Spring Robinson Literary Prize by Poetry Matters Project, Three-time NAMI NJ State Level Poetry Contest 2018/2019/2020 winner., and 8th Place winner for the Poetry Super HIghyway Contest 2020. Shortlisted in Stafford Lit Festival (2022), Pangolin Poetry Prize 2019(USA), Adelaide Literary Award 2020/2021 (USA), Erbacce Prize 2020/2021(UK), iWomanGlobalAwards 2020(India), TWIBB Beyond Black Sakhi Awards 2020(USA), Poetry Super Highway 2020(USA). Nominated for "Publication of the Month" and "Author of the Year 2020" by Spillwords Press Awards 2021, NYC. She is also the second-place winner in the San Gabriel Broadside Poetry festival 2021.
Anthologies featuring her works have been mentioned in the Huffington Post and showcased in the Poets House, Manhattan as part of the summer reading 2019. Anthology ("SMITTEN", Indi(e) Blue Press) has been a Finalist in the Indie Excellence Awards 2020. She was also part of the community poem "Just Breathe" curated by Former Jersey City Poet Laureate Rashad Wright and produced by Arts House Productions featuring 44 poets of Jersey city alongside Mayor Steven Fulop and the councilmen and councilwomen.
Anthology "Earth: A Place Worth Fighting For", featuring her poem, curated by the UK-based Staffordshire Poet Laureate, Mel Wardle Woodend has received a letter of thanks from the British Legend Sir David Attenborough. Her works have been anthologized numerous times.
Some notable anthologies include the 25th Annual Anthology by Moonstone Arts Centre alongside Sonia Sanchez, Toi Derricotte, Ethelbert Miller, and many more. "Paws healing the Earth", River Paw Press" alongside Pulitzer Prize Nominee, Robert Pinsky. Surviving Suicide by Nirala Publications curated by Yututsu Sharma. Anthology by National BEAT Poetry Foundation
Black Fire -This Time Anthology by Willow Books featuring, Amiri Baraka, Amina Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, James Baldwin, Eugene Redmond, Gwendolyn Brooks, E. Ethelbert Miller, Kalamu ya Salaam, Everett Hoagland, Nikki Giovanni, Ron Milner, Ismael Reed, Dudley Randall and many more. Anthology "Re-Imagine America" by Vagabond Press alongside US Poet laureate Joy Harjo and many more.
Hi! My name is Bill Waters, and I love to write! Over the years, I've carved out a small but vibrant space for myself mainly in the areas of Japanese-style micropoetry, photo and video poetry, ekphrastic poetry, found verse, and compressed prose. My work has appeared in print and online in established, up-and-coming, and aspiring niche publications, as well as on signs as part of public poetry installations.
Let's write together and have some fun! :- D
I've published novels with major NYC houses and regional presses, along with a number of short stories. Currently I write mostly CNF, with a little short fiction thrown in. I also teach memoir workshops. My idea group would be composed of a few serious writers (as opposed to serious marketers) who can provide valuable critique.
I've been writing poetry for more than three decades and have published four collections and have just completed a fifth that is looking for a publisher. I started writing short fiction, as well, about four years ago, and I'm working on my first short story collection. The topics I'm currently writing about include extinction, climate change, endangered species, and the effects of the Anthropocene age. I would love to connect with folks about how to assemble a first short story collection and the steps toward publication, since most of my knowledge lies in how to do this with poetry as opposed to fiction. Looking forward to connecting!
Hi. I've been a freelance and assignment writer for Christian, educational, and indie publishers for many years so have placed a few dozen books and hundreds of short manuscripts, but my primary focus now is poetry - especially poems that bring insight, musicality, fresh imagery, interesting perspectives, or something new. In judging a recent poetry competition, however, I was dismayed by the numerous rants offering no solutions. Poetry has power! It can be a powerful, beautiful instrument of change simply by moving people and helping them see a view or delight they had not yet noticed.
I'm interested in a group that would enjoy workshopping written and visual poetry. My preference is for the "descriptive analysis" approach, vs. rewriting other people's work. I currently enjoy participating in a local poetry workshop group, and have been in online (email, videoconference) groups in the past. I primarily write poetry, but am interested in incorporating visual and other media. A few samples are available on my website. Long ago I created a multimedia hyperlinked collection of poetry in Multimedia Toolbook, a challenging and short-lived Windows scripting program. Since then I've stuck to paper. I've published two collections, most recently "Hour of the Green Light," both of which you can also read about on my website. I'm currently seeking publication of my third collection, which reflects on climate - both in domestic relationships and on the planet. I have an MFA from Warren Wilson, and recently co-hosted our second virtual alumni conference.
NDSU Press publishes regional scholarship and literary contributions. Our region includes the Red River Valley, the state of North Dakota, the Great Plains of the United States and the Prairies of Canada, and comparable regions of other continents. Works published by the press address regional life directly. Such works contribute to scholarly knowledge of region (that is, discovery of new knowledge) or to public consciousness of region (that is, dissemination of information or interpretation of regional experience).
Please send your work as an MSWord document, uploaded to our Submittable portal. Your submission should consist of two documents: your cover letter and your mansucript. Please remove your name from your manuscript. Your cover letter should briefly describe your work, contain a paragraph about what inspired you to write this work, and describe who you see as your potential audience. We conduct in-house reviews; manuscripts passing this first stage are sent out for double-blind peer review.
- PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO MY WORK SCHEDULE I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO JOIN A NEW GROUP UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2022 OR LATER...THANKS!
- Undergrad degree in English from Oberlin College, where I focused on contemporary poetry and poetics;
- Significant workshop experience, both as participant and facilitator;
- Active in writing communities in North Carolina and in Wisconsin;
- Focus on poetry, though I am experimenting a bit with very short fiction (max 2000 words) and also eastern structures, particularly tanka;
- Publishing is not a priority though, that being said, I have published pieces in several journals over the last four years;
- I am looking for a group that includes dedicated, experienced writers that also take seriously their roles as critics and that will consider a piece word-by-word, line-by-line;
- Not looking for writing prompts or inspiration or accountability—I am looking for people who wish to share the experience of reading others' work and responding to it;
- Given the choice of receiving precise criticism or general praise, I would prefer the former!
- I am employed full-time, so evenings and weekends are most appropriate for my schedule.
Being Fictionist | Poet | Critic | Curator | Editor | Translator | Screenwriter
I am looking for vibrant discussions, sharing of epiphanies, translating poetry, exchanges of critique, sharing new book information, basically sharing our journeys of creative writing.
My bio note -
Rochelle Potkar is an alumna of Iowa’s International Writing Program (2015) and a Charles Wallace Writer’s fellow, University of Stirling (2017). She is the author of Four Degrees of Separation and Paper Asylum – shortlisted for the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2020. Her poetry film Skirt showcased on Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland. Her poems 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. As critic, her reviews have appeared in Wasafiri, Sahitya Akademi’s Indian Literature, Asian Cha, and Chandrabhaga. Widely-anthologized, she has read her poetry in India, Bali, Iowa, Macao, Stirling, Glasgow, Hongkong, Ukraine, Hungary, Bangladesh, and the Gold Coast, Australia. Her short story collection Bombay Hangovers has just released on Amazon. Her first screenplay was a semi-finalist at the Atlanta Film Festival Screenwriting competition 2020. https://rochellepotkar.com