Vinita Agrawal

Mumbai

Author's Bio

Author of Words Not Spoken and The Longest Pleasure (Finishing Line Press, USA), Vinita is a Mumbai based, award winning poet and writer. She won the Gayatri GaMarsh Memorial Award for literary excellence 2015. Her poems have appeared in Asiancha, Constellations, The Fox Chase Review, Pea River Journal, Open Road Review, Stockholm Literary Review, Poetry Pacific and over a 100 other national and international journals. She was nominated for the Best of the Net Awards 2011, awarded first prize in the Wordweavers Contest 2014, commendation prize in the All India Poetry Competition 2014 and won the 2014 Hour of Writes Contest thrice. Her poems have found a place significant national anthologies like Suvarnarekha and Dance with the Peacocks in several international anthologies compiled in Australia. She was co judge for the Asian Cha Poetry Contest 2015. She has given readings at two SAARC events in Delhi and Agra. She also read her poetry at Hyderabad at an event organized by the U.S. Consulate to celebrate the Women Poets Of India, at Delhi for Delhi Poetree at the launch of Word Wine an an anthology of her poems and at Mumbai, Cappucino Readings, an eclectic platform showcasing poets from India and abroad. *********

Publications and Prizes

Anthologies: 
Homeward Bound
(Cyberwit.net, 2014)
, The Dance Of The Peacock
(Hidden Brook Press, 2013)
, Voices Across Generations
(Authors Press, 2015)
, Voices Across The Ocean
(Cyberwit.net, 2014)
Journals: 
Constellations, Cyclamens and Swords, Lumen/Avenue A, Mascara Literary Review, Pea River Journal, Poetry Pacific, The Fox Chase Review, Zingara Poet
Chapbook: 
The Longest Pleasure
(Finishing Line Press, 2015)
Prizes Won: 
* Winner of Gayatri GaMarsh Memorial Prize awarded By Ananda Mandir, NJ, USA * Second Prize in VAANI.ORG contest 2015 http://www.vaani.org/2015/07/vaani-awards-winners-2015.html?m=1 *First Prize in contest themed on Mother by www. hourofwrites.com https://hourofwrites.com/archive/entry/id/663 * First Prize in Wordweavers Contest 2014 http://www.wordweavers.in/contest_results_2014.html * Commendation Prize in the All India Poetry Competition 2014. http://www.indianpoetry.org/awardsgeneral14.htm * First Prize in hour of writes contest on Before The Party Nov 6th 2014 * First Prize in Hour of Writes Contest in Feb 2014 * Poem A Birthplace But No Memories nominated for the Best of the Net Awards 2011 by CLRI * Third Prize in Wordweavers contest 2013 * First Prize in the NIRBHAYA Book contest November 2014 https://www.facebook.com/notes/nirbhaya/entry-7-attracted-to-sin/881604378540317 * Winner of Miracle Magazine's Contest on Mask *********

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Victoria and Abdul by Shraboni Basu
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Poems by Faiz by V.G. Kiernan
,
The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics by Roland Greene and Stephen Cushman
,
Becoming A Mountain by Stephen Alter
,
What Gives Us Our Names by Alvin Pang

More Information

Listed as: 
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet, Spoken Word Artist
Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
South Asian
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Children, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Prisoners, Seniors, Teenagers
Fluent in: 
English, Hindi
Born in: 
BIkaner, India
Raised in: 
Kolkata, NONE, India
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Last updated: Feb 03, 2016