Megha Sood


Author's Bio

  • Megha Sood is an award-winning Pushcart-nominated Poet, Editor, Author, and Literary activist based in Jersey City, New Jersey.
  • She is an Assistant Poetry Editor for the UK-based Literary Arts Journal, Mookychick,  Literary Partner in the "Life in Quarantine" Project with CESTA, Stanford University, USA, and Associate Editor with California based Literary Journal "Life and Legends". She is also a contributing author at GoDogGO Cafe, Heretics, Lovers and Madmen, Sudden Denouement, Candles Online, Free Verse Revolution, Whisper and the Roar, and Poets Corner. She was a former contributing editor at Literary Journal Ariel Chart(US). 
  • Advocacy Member with the United Nations Association (UNA- US) chapter.
  • Member of National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW).
  • Member of Women's National Book Associations (WNBA).
  • Her 800+ works have been featured in NOW Newsletter FAO ( Food and Agriculture United Nations), Rising Phoenix Review, Tulsa Review, Poetry Society of New York(PSNY), North of Oxford, Ms. Magazine, Nebu, PBS American Portrait, WNYC Studios, New York Public Library, The Sommerville times, Muddy River Poetry Review,521 Magazine, Burrow Journal, Oddball Magazine, Stanford University, Pangolin review, Fourth and Sycamore, KOAN ( Paragon press), Stanford Daily, Mineral Lit Mag, Modern Literature, American Writers Review, SONKU Collective, WNYC Poetry Prompt, Visual Verse, Dime Show Review, Vita Brevis, Modern poetry, Stray Branch, Piker Press, Spill words Press, Indian periodicals, Literary heist, Little Rose Magazine, The Quiet Corner, Writer's Cafe Magazine, Subterranean Blue Poetry, FlowerSongPress, Life and Legends, Borderless Journal, Cafe Dissensus, Moonstone Arts and many more.
  • Her 800+ poems have been featured in online/print literary journals, magazines, and newspapers. Works featured/upcoming in 200+ other print anthologies by the US, UK, Indian, Australian, and Canadian Press.
  • 2022 Broadside Poetry Contest Winner at the San Gabriel Poetry Festival
  • 2022 Finalist in the Stafford Lit Festival Poetry Contest (UK)
  • 2020 National Level Winner Spring Robinson/Red Mahogany 2020 Lit Prize by Poetry Matters 
  • 2020/2019/2018 (Three Time)State-level winner of the NAMI ( National Alliance on Mental Illness) Dara Axelrod NJ Poetry Contest 2018/2019/2020.
  • Recipient of the 2020 Poet Fellowship from Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing ( MVICW) 
  • 2021 Semifinalist for the "Shirley Holden Grant" by the National League of Pen American Women ( NLAPW)
  • Twice Nominated for Pushcart 2020 and 2021 by "Rainbow Project" by Poets Wear Prada Journal and BrownStone Poets.
  • Nominated for "2020 Author of the Year" and " Author of the Month" by the NY-based press Spillwords.
  • Literary Partner for the "Life in Quarantine" Project by CESTA, Stanford University, California, USA. Responsible for curating the works of artists across the globe. Recently curated the work of the US Presidential Inaugural Poet, Richard Blanco among many others.
  • Awarded the Certificate of Excellence for her creative projects by the Mayor of Jersey City, Steven Fulop. Her poem was part of the "The Women" exhibit displayed outside the City Hall, Jersey City. The poem is also part of the public exhibit at the Berry Lane Park, Jersey City, and Paterson Poetry festival 2021.
  • Featured a Poetry Judge for the State Level NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Poetry Contest 2021
  • Featured as Slam Poetry Judge for the NSS IIT-D ( Institute of Information Technology) for the Annual Social fest Kaizen,21
  • Co-edited anthology ("THE MEDUSA PROJECT", MookyChick). The anthology celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the women's suffrage movement which celebrates the women's right to vote in the United States.
  • The anthology is selected as a digital payload to be sent to the moon in 2023 via Astrobotics/NASA/SpaceX as part of the LunarCodex Project.
  • 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 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. 
  • Co-edited anthology ("THE KALI PROJECT", Indie Blu(e) Press) featuring the works of the Female Indian Poets about freedom and equality. The anthology was a finalist in the Indie Book Excellence Awards 2021. Finalist in the 15th Annual Indie Blue Excellence Awards
  • Chapbook ( "My Body is Not an Apology") soon to be published by Finishing Line Press,2021. Ranked at no 5 on Amazon US under Asian American Poetry alongside Tishani Doshi and Ocean Vuong
  • Chapbook ( "A Potpourri of Emotions") by Local Gems Press, NY managed by BEAT Poetry Foundation Poet Laureate 2021, James P Wagner.
  • First Full-length collection ("My Body Lives Like a Threat" ) coming soon by FlowerSong Press, 2022, managed by Former McAllen, Texas Poet Laureate, Edward Viduarre. Semi-Finalist in the Shirley Holden Grant by NLAPW( National League of American Pen Women)
  • Performance venues include Nuyorican Cafe, New York Poetry Festival, Hoboken Historical Museum, Hoboken Library, Paterson Poetry Festival, When Woman Speak, BrownStone Poets, OceanSide Library, New York Public Library, Walt Whitman Birthplace Association(WWBA), Jersey City Public Library, Jersey City Historic Apple House, Newark Arts Festival, Hudson County Community College, Arts House, Woman National Book Association, Walk_Bye Exhibit, InFull Color, Hartford Book Festival, Panorama International Literary Festival (PILF),  in full color, ARTFEMININ Turkey Arts Festival, SETU Women Poets Festival, and many more. 
  • Featured in the PBS American Portrait Collection 2021, The Story of Us told by Us.
  • Featured alongside the Youth Poet laureate of the Southern United States, Alora Young, and Sophia Falco in the panel discussion " Women in Poetry's future" by the Women National Book Association(WNBA). The event was moderated by the WNBA Award Chair, Nancy Weil.
  •  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 MerrillPoet, 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.
  • Featured in Podcasts/Radio shows like "Divas That Care" by Candace Gish, "Assiduous Dust by Joshua Corwin" "Eat The Storms" by, NPR Morning Show by Brian Lehrer, WOW ( Wow of Women), Pandora Peoples at 92.3FM, Provincetown, MA, USA and 93.1FM at New Orleans, USA, WRUU 107.5 and WNYC Studios Morning Edition.
  • Press Mention in the newspapers, Academy of American Poets(Pw. Org), Washington based INdina Star, EINPresswire, New Jersey Stage, Hudson Reporter,, Jersey City Times,, Yelp, Queen's Gazette, Philadelphia Enquirer, NASA Singapore Press Outlet, NewsBreak, Women's Web, Line Rider Press, NJ ArteMaven and many more.

Notable Anthologies:

  • Featured in the anthology "Black Fire This Time" by Willow Books alongside Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, Nikki Giovanni, James Baldwin, Ethelbert Miller, and many more.
  • Featured in the "Paws Healing the Earth" anthology by River Paw Press alongside US Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize Nominee, Robert Pinksy
  • Featured in the 25th Annual Poetry Ink Moonstone Arts Anthology alongside Sonia Sanchez, Toi Derricote, and many more.
  • Featured in the anthology "Reimagine America" by Vagabond Press alongside Mark Lipman, Richard Modiano, David Dephy, Edward Viduarre, Thelma T Reyna, and US Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo.
  • Featured in the Wednesday Night Poetry, the country's longest weekly poetry reading event hosted by Kai Coggin
  • Poetry Published in the December Newsletter “NOW” of FAO ( Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations) in honor of the World Food Day 2021. 
  • 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.
  • Anthology " International Women's Day" and "Support Ukraine" by Moonstone Arts, 2022.
  • Anthology " Home" by Brown Critique.
  • Anthology " Writer Speak" by the Signorina Publications, India.
  • Anthology of "21 Century Indian Female Poets " by Sahitya Academy, 2022 edited by Seema Jain.

Notable Readings/Events/Interviews

  • Poetry Reading at the Hoboken Library " Positive Reading Series" to celebrate National Poetry Month.
  • Featured Poet in the iGlobal Series curated by eminent poet, Yogesh Patel
  • Featured Poet at the Hoboken Historical Museum "Something New" alongside Frank Messina and reg e gaines
  • Poetry reading on the Governors Island as part of the New York Poetry Festival with Queens Poet Laureate, Maria Lisella as part of the Thursday Morning Poets Group.
  • Featured Poet in the "Essential Voices" webinar by the FlowerSong Press.
  • Featured Poet in the Saturday Afternoon poetry by Spectrum Publishing
  • Feature Poet in the "When People Speak" and "When Women Speak" NJ Based Poetry Organizations.
  • Poetry as part of the Art Exhibition Group Show “The Women” by Walk_Bye to be placed at City Hall, Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Panel Discussion for the event"Women in Poetry's future" by Women National Book Association (WNBA) along with Sophia Falco and Virginia Youth Poet Laureate, Alora Young moderated by WNBA Award Chair and Co-Vice President Nancy Weil
  • Poetry reading and discussions part of the #StopAAPIHate  with the awards winning organization InFullColor
  • Poetry Reading as part of the one-year anniversary of Open Road Poetry, founded by the JC Poet Laureate Susan Justiniano and Crystal Davis.
  • Poetry Featured as part of the JCFPL ( Jersey City Free Public Library) Showcase 2021
  • Poetry reading at the historic Nuyorican Cafe as part of the "When Women Speak" event in April 2021
  • Poetry Reading at the Hudson County Community College Cultural Affairs “Step Up to the Mic” Event on April 14, 2021 #NationalPoetryMonth2021
  • Poetry Reading for the 13th Annual Words for Birds 2021 organized by Mitchell Lake Audubon center on April 24, 2021, at 7pm CST/8 pm EST #NationalPoetryMonth2021
  • Poetry reading at the “When Women Speak”(Women empowering women through voice) poetry event on Feb 16, 2021
  • Poetry Reading at the “The Box: Reinvention” event by Jersey City Theater Center curated by the Jersey City Poet Laureate Rescue Poetix and Arial Guidry
  • Poetry Reading at the IFC ( In Full Color)Badass Babe Bash Event on the International Woman’s Day 2021
  • The poem “Survival Is an Art” to be read by award-winning UK Based singer Tally Koren at the “Changing the Face of Poetry” event on World Poetry Day, March 21, 2021
  • Poetry Reading at the Maria Lisella (Queens Poet Laureate)Poetry Workshop, April 15, 2021
  • Featured Poet in Brownstone Poetry Reading 2020, Brooklyn, New York
  • Featured Poet in Oceanside Library reading, 2020, NY alongside Maria Lisella ( Poet Laureate, Brooklyn, NY and 2020 Fellow Academy of American Poets)
  • Poetry Podcast National Beat Poetry Foundation 2020 Anthology
  • Featured in “Just Breathe”- Jersey City Community Poem curated by JC Poet Laureate Rashad Wright and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop.
  • Featured as one of the artists in the Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC)Conversation Online -Voices from around the World by Olga Levina Episode: Strength
  • Featured as one of the artists in the Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC)Conversation Online -Voices from around the World by Olga Levina Episode: Courage
  • Poetry reading at the Jersey City Genre reading night: Night of hidden Life
  • Poetry reading at the Rooftop series at the Department of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) as part of the Jersey City Poetry Festival.
  • Poetry Reading at 2020 NAMI NJ Virtual Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony
  • Poetry reading at Elizabeth Youth Center Ensemble organized by Open Road Poetry
  • Poetry Workshop for an IB Elementary School, Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Poetry reading at the IAWA.NET ( Italian American Writers Association) curated by Queens Poet Laureate Maria Lisella.
  • Poetry Reading at the Brownstone Poets with Yuyutsu Sharma, Bertha Rogers, and Carrie Magnus Radna on Saturday, December 12, 2020
  • Featured on the BlogTalkRadioShow Episode “Generating Awareness” by WOW of Women and Divas That Care Network
  • Podcast Interview on Assiduous Dust by LA-based Joshua Corwin
  • Poetry Featured in the Heard/Word Audio Series of the Galleyway, NY
  • Poetry Reading with Spectrum Publishing, Pasadena, California, USA
  • Poetry Reading with “First Fridays” event at The Soap Box Press
  • Poetry Reading with EIC Glenn Lyvers ( Prolific Press)
  • Hosted the #TopTweetTuesday for the UK Based Black Bough Poetry
  • Poetry reading at the Jersey City Genre reading night: Myths and Monsters
  • Haiku included in sound collage project in works by OCMA ( Orange County Museum of Arts), California, the USA curated by Sound artist Alan Nakagawa
  • Poetry reading at the NAMI ( National Alliance for Mental Illness) Annual awards and Luncheon program 2019.
  • Poetry reading for It Can’t Happen Here at Moonstone Arts Center, Philadelphia on January 31, 2021
  • Book Launch of the Poetry Anthology “Earth: A Place Worth Fighting For” in Feb 17,2021
  • Poetry Reading for the Upcoming Festival of Poetry “Anantha” by Samyukta Poetry on April 17, 2021, at 7:30pm EST #HappyNationalPoetryMonth
  • Poetry Reading at the SETU International Women Poets on December 19, 2020
  • Featured as Guest Speaker at the book launch of “The Read Diary”, a Novel by Neelam Saxena Chandra
  • Poetry Reading at the 5th International Poetry Meet, 12 March 2021
  • Featured Poet in the “Stri Shakti: A Poetic Tribute by Women Poets” by SETU Bilingual Magazine, Pittsburgh, USA
  • Poetry reading at the Radioshow “Songs of Selah” by Scott Thomas Outlar for poems published in Alien Buddha Press House of Horrors #3
  • Poetry Reading at the Walt Whitman 2021 Birthday celebration with Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA)
  • Poetry Reading at the Book Store, Manhatten, NYC for " Storefront Poetry Reading" with FlowerSong Press authors.


Publications & Prizes

Anthology 3 (Vita Brevis Press, 2022)
Anthology on 21 Century Indian English Poets by Seema Jain (Authors Press, 2022)
Black Fire This Time (Willow Books, 2022)
Pixie Dust and All Things Magical (Authors Press, 2022)
25th Annual Poetry Ink Anthology (Moonstone Press, 2021)
Abrazos - Letters from the Self to the World (Dovetail Press, 2021)
Adelaide Poetry Awards Anthology 2020 (Adelaide Books, 2021)
Bought to Sight and Swept Away (Vita Brevis Press, 2021)
Boundless Anthology (FlowerSong Press, 2021)
Brownstone Poets Anthology 2021 (Brownstone Poets, 2021)
But You Don't Look Sick (Indie Blu(e) Publishing, 2021)
DoveTales: Letters from the World (Dovetail Press, 2021)
It's Can't Happen Here (Moonstone Press, 2021)
Lust (Spectrum Press, 2021)
Poetry Ink 25th Annual Anthology (Moonstone Press, 2021)
Protest 2021 ( 100 Thousand Poets for Change) (Moonstone Press, 2021)
Re-Imagine America ( Anthology for the future) (Vagabond Press, 2021)
Surviving the Suicide (Nirala Publications, New Delhi, India, 2021)
The Kali Project (Indie Blu(e) Publishing, 2021)
Twin Towers Anthology (Local Gems Poetry Press, 2021)
Walt Whitman Collaborative Project (Local Gems Poetry Press, 2021)
24th Annual Poetry Ink (Moonstone Press, 2020)
Adelaide Poetry Awards Anthology (Adelaide Books, 2020)
Alien Buddha Contracts COVID (Alien Buddha Press, 2020)
As the World Burns (Indie Blu(e) Publishing, 2020)
DoveTales: Gardening in the Desert (Dovetail Press, 2020)
Fallow Ground (Inwood Press, 2020)
Good Cop/Bad Cop Anthology (FlowerSong Press, 2020)
National Beat Poetry Foundation- Beat Generation Anthology (Local Gems Poetry Press, 2020)
Poets of the Pandemic Unite (Headline Poetry & Press, 2020)
She Speaks (Sierra Club Books, 2020)
Adelaide Literary Award Poetry Anthology (Adelaide Books, 2019)
Flight Magazine (Nightingale & Sparrow, 2019)
Heat (Nightingale & Sparrow, 2019)
Jitter Press (Prolific Press, 2019)
Lift every voice (Lightning Publications, 2019)
Madness Muse Press (Madness Muse Press, 2019)
Madras Courier (Madras, India, 2019)
Poetica Vol 2 (Poetica Press, 2019)
Reclaim Anthology (Lulu Press, 2019)
Summer's Harvest (Madness Muse Press, 2019)
War Cry from the Uterus (Wide Eyes Publishing, 2019)
My Body Lives Like a Threat (FlowerSong Press, 2021)
My Body is Not an Apology (Finishing Line Press, 2021)
A Potpourri of Emotions (Local Gems Press, 2020)
Adelaide Literary Magazine
American Writers Review
Ariel Chart
Beautiful Space
Beneath the Rainbow
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Black Bough
Crêpe & Penn
Dime Show Review
Dissident Voice
Door is a Jar Magazine
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Foliate Oak
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Fourth & Sycamore
Good Poetry
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Headline Poetry & Press
Home Planet News
I am not a silent poet
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Leaves of Ink
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Mineral Lit Mag
Modern Poetry in Translation
Mojave Heart Review
Muddy River Poetry Review
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Paragon Journal
Poetic Diversity
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Poetica Review
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Poppy Road Review
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Subterranean Blue Poetry
The Basil O'Flaherty
The Drabble
The Piker Press
The Stray Branch
The Third Eye
Unheard Magazine
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Prizes won: 
  • Recipient of Poet Fellowship from Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing (MVICW) 2021
  • Anthology Co-Edited and Poetry ("The Medusa Project", Mookychick) selected as a digital payload to be sent to the moon in 2023 via Astrobotics/SpaceX/NASA
  • 2020 National Level 1st prize winner in the Spring Robinson/Red Mahogany Poetry Prize 2020.
  • Semi-Finalist in the Shirley Holden Grant for Mature Women by National League of American Pen Women ( NLAPW)
  • State-level 3rd prize winner in the NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Mental Health Poetry contest 2019.
  • State-level 1st prize winner in NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Mental Health Poetry contest 2018.
  • State-level 1st prize winner in the NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Mental Health Poetry contest 2020.
  • Essay and Poetry accepted for the "Life in Quarantine" Project by Stanford University sponsored by CESTA and The Poetic Lab, USA
  • Poetry accepted for the WNYC Poetry Challenge: "Your poems from isolation" to be featured in and NPR ( National Public Radio)
  • Featured in the PBS American Portrait " The Story of Us, Told by Us"
  • Twice Nominated for Women Global Awards for 2020/2021 ( iWomanGlobal Awards) under the Literature Category.
  • Editorial Anthology "The Kali Project" was selected as a finalist in the 15th Annual Indie Excellence Awards.
  • Work selected for reading at the Jersey City Writers "Survival is Insufficient Series" based on the National Book Award Finalist.
  • Nominated for Author of the Year, Dec 2020 by NY based Spillwords Press
  • Nominated for Author of the Month, Dec 2020 by NY based Spillwords Press
  • State Level Poetry Judge for the NAMI Dara Axelrod Mental health Poetry Contest 2021
  • Slam Poetry Judge for the NSS-IITD ( Institute of Information Technology) Delhi, 2021 
  • Work featured in America's Best Emerging Poets Series New Jersey edition by Z Publishing
  • Poetry Reading listed in the Top 20 in the WildSounds Poetry Festival, Los Angeles 
  • Top 10 Finalist ( Ranked at no 8 ) for the Poetry Super Highway Contest 2020 amongst 13 countries and 978 entries.
  • Work selected for reading at the "Overcoming limitation" series by the Jersey City Writers sponsored by the Jersey City council of Arts.
  • Anthology selected to be featured in the Poets House Summer Showcase in Manhatten, NY.
  • Work selected for reading at the "of Myths and Monsters" series by the Jersey City Writers sponsored by the Jersey City council of Arts.
  • Mentioned in the Top 20 in the Pangolin Poetry Prize 2019 Judged by Melissa Studdard
  • Poetry Blog listed as Top 100 poetry blogs to be followed in 2020 by Feedspot
  • Semifinalist in the National Poetry competition by Ewen and Weber Publishing
  • Finalist in the Adelaide Literary Award 2019 for the Best Poem Category
  • Finalist in the Adelaide Literary Award 2020 for the Best Poem Category
  • Nominated for the Arcs Prose Poetry Award 2020
  • Work selected in the World's Biggest Poetry Anthology: Sounds of Peace (SOPWBACP) by League of Poets.
  • Poetry featured on the Dineen Hull Arts Gallery, New Jersey in honor of the National Poetry Month 2020 in collaboration with Hudson County Community College (HCCC) and the Department of Cultural Affairs (DOCA)
  • Poetry Published in the Desh Videsh Media Group, Florida, USA eMagazine in honor of the National Poetry Month
  • Chosen "Author of the month" by Bilingual SETU Magazine, Pittsburg, USA
  • Longlisted in Erbacce Prize 2020 amongst 9000+ entries
  • Longlisted in Erbacce Prize 2021 amongst 13,000+ entries
  • Finalist in Jessie Haver Butler Poetry Contest 2020
  • Finalist forTWIBB ( The Woman Inc Beyond Black) Sakhi Annual Poetry Awards 2019
  • Finalist for the "Best Poem" Category in the Adelaide Literary Awards 2020, NYC
  • Second Place Winner in the San Gabriel Broadside Poetry Festival 2021
  • Semifinalist in the Operelle Poetry Competition
  • Featured writer in the July edition of the London/Berlin-based Ekphrastic Journal Visual Verse.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Kaveh Akbar, Maya Angelou, Shel Silverstein, Edgar Allen Poe, Sylvia Plath, Ilya Kaminsky, Jericho Brown, Walt Whitman, Alexander McCall Smith, Paulo Cohelo, David Sedaris, David Mitchie, Tracy Smith, Natasha Tretheway, Ruskin Bond, Rumi, Ocean Vuong, Ada Limon, Joy Harjo, Melissa Studdard
What I'm reading now: 
Deaf Republic by Ilya Kamisnsky, The Tradition by Jericho Brown, Collection by Maya Angelou by Maya Angelou, The Art of Topiary by Jan Wagner, Night Sky with exit wounds by Ocean Vuong, Lean Against this Late Hour by Garous Abdolmalekian, Calling a Wolf a Wolf by Kaveh Akbar, A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry by Gregory Orr, Dead Bright Things by Ada Limon

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
South Asian
Prefers to work with: 
Fluent in: 
English, Hindi
Born in: 
Naya Nangal, India, PB
Raised in: 
Delhi,India, DL
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Last update: May 09, 2022