Megha Sood

Poet

Jersey City, NJ 07310
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Author's Bio

  • Megha Sood lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. She is an Assistant Poetry Editor for the UK based Literary Arts Journal, Moookychick. 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 Ariel Chart. 
  • Her works have been featured in GODogGO Cafe, Whisper and the Roar, 521 Magazine, Oddball, Pangolin review, Fourth and Sycamore, KOAN ( Paragon press), Mineral Lit Mag, Modern Literature, American Writers Review, SONKU Collective, Poetry Society of New York, WNYC Poetry Prompt, Visual Verse, Vita Brevis, Modern poetry, Spill words Press, Indian periodicals, Literary heist, Little Rose Magazine, The Quiet Corner, Writer's Cafe Magazine, and coming up in Dime Show Review, Piker Press, Cavalcade of Stars, The Stray Branch and many more.
  • Her 450+ poems have been featured in online and print in various Literary Magazines and poetry journals around 15 countries in the world. Works featured/upcoming in 48 other print anthologies by the US, UK, Australian, and Canadian Press.
  • Three-time State-level winner of the NAMI ( National Alliance on Mental Illness) NJ Poetry Contest 2018/2019.
  • Currently co-editing a feminist anthology for the 15-year-old Feminist Literary Journal Mookychick namely THE MEDUSA PROJECT – Feminist Anthology. The anthology curates the writing to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the women's suffrage movement which celebrates the women's right to vote in the United States.
  • Literary Partner for the "Life in Quarantine" Project by Standford University, California, USA

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
Adelaide Poetry Awards Anthology (Adelaide Books, 2020)
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Alien Buddha Contracts COVID (Alien Buddha Press, 2020)
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Fallow Ground (Inwood Press, 2020)
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Poets of the Pandemic Unite (Headline Poetry & Press, 2020)
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She Speaks (Sierra Club Books, 2020)
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Adelaide Literary Award Poetry Anthology (Adelaide Books, 2019)
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Flight Magazine (Nightingale & Sparrow, 2019)
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Heat (Nightingale & Sparrow, 2019)
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Jitter Press (Prolific Press, 2019)
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Lift every voice (Lightning Publications, 2019)
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Madness Muse Press (Madness Muse Press, 2019)
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Madras Courier (Madras, India, 2019)
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Poetica Vol 2 (Poetica Press, 2019)
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Reclaim Anthology (Lulu Press, 2019)
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Summer's Harvest (Madness Muse Press, 2019)
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War Cry from the Uterus (Wide Eyes Publishing, 2019)
Journals:
521magazine
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Adelaide Literary Magazine
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American Writers Review
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Ariel Chart
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Beautiful Space
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Beneath the Rainbow
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Black Bough
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Crêpe & Penn
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Dime Show Review
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Dissident Voice
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Door is a Jar Magazine
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Fourth & Sycamore
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Good Poetry
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Headline Poetry & Press
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Home Planet News
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I am not a silent poet
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Leaves of Ink
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Memoryhouse
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Mineral Lit Mag
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Modern Poetry in Translation
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Paragon Journal
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Poetic Diversity
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Poetica Review
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Poppy Road Review
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Praxis
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Subterranean Blue Poetry
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The Basil O'Flaherty
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The Drabble
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The Piker Press
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The Stray Branch
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Treehouse
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Unheard Magazine
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Prizes won: 
  • State-level 1st prize winner in NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Mental Health Poetry contest 2018.
  • State-level 3rd prize winner in the NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Mental Health Poetry contest 2019.
  • State-level 1st prize winner in the NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Mental Health Poetry contest 2020.
  • National Level 1st prize winner in the Spring Robinson/Red Mahogany Poetry Prize 2020.
  • Essay and Poetry accepted for the "Life in Quarantine" Project by Stanford University sponsored by CESTA and The Poetic Lab, USA
  • Work selected for reading at the Jersey City Writers "Survival is Insufficient Series" based on the National Book Award Finalist.
  • Work selected for reading at the "Overcoming limitation" series by the Jersey City Writers sponsored by the Jersey City council of Arts.
  • Poetry reading at the NAMI ( National Alliance for Mental Illness) Annual awards and Luncheon program 2019.
  • Poetry reading at the Rooftop series at the Department of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) as part of the Jersey City Poetry Festival.
  • Anthology selected to be featured in the Poets House Summer Showcase in Manhatten, NY.
  • Anthology selected as a finalist in Indie Excellence Awards 2020. 
  • Work selected for reading at the "of Myths and Monsters" series by the Jersey City Writers sponsored by the Jersey City council of Arts.
  • Work featured in America's Best Emerging Poets Series New Jersey edition by Z Publishing
  • Mentioned in the Top 20 in the Pangolin Poetry Prize 2019 Judged by Melissa Studdard
  • 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
  • Poetry Reading listed in the Top 20 in the WildSounds Poetry Festival, Los Angeles 
  • Finalist in the Adelaide Literary Award 2019 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 Department of Cultural Affairs (DOCA)
  • Poetry Published in the Desh Videsh Media Group, Florida, USA eMagazine in honor of the National Poetry Month
  • Poetry accepted for the WNYC Poetry Challenge: "Your poems from isolation" to be featured in Gothamist.com.
  • Nominated for Women Global Award 2020 ( iWomanGlobal Awards) under the Literature Category.
  • Haiku included in sound collage project in works by OCMA ( Orange County Museum of Arts), California, USA curated by Sound artist Alan Nakagawa
  • Longlisted in Erbacce Prize 2020 amongst 9000+ entries
  • Finalist in Jessie Haver Butler Poetry Contest 2020
  • Finalist forTWIBB ( The Woman Inc Beyond Black) Sakhi Annual Poetry Awards 2019

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Convulsions, written by Megha Sood

Convulsions, written by Megha Sood and performed for Overcoming Limitations!

Posted by Jersey City Writers on Monday, June 10, 2019

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
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

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
South Asian
Prefers to work with: 
Adults
Fluent in: 
English, Hindi
Born in: 
Naya Nangal, India, PB
India
Punjab
Raised in: 
Delhi,India, DL
India
Delhi
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Last update: Aug 28, 2020