Rochelle Potkar

Poet, Fiction Writer

303 Raj Sarovar, Bhakti complex, Link road, Dahisar west Kandharpada
Mumbai, Bombay 400068

Author's Bio

Fictionist, Poet, Critic, Screenwriter

Rochelle Potkar lives in Mumbai. An alumna of Iowa’s International Writing Program (2015), and Charles Wallace Writer’s fellowship (2017). She has read her poetry in India, Bali, Iowa, Stirling, Glasgow, Hongkong, Ukraine, Hungary, and the Gold Coast. As critic, her poetry book reviews have appeared in Wasafiri, Sahitya Akademi’s Indian Literature, Asian Cha, and Chandrabhaga. Her poem ‘Skirt’ was made into a poetry film by Philippa Collie Cousins for the Visible Poetry Project 2018. She has been invited as a creative writing mentor at Iowa’s Summer Institute 2019. She conducts creative-writing workshops across colleges in India.


Potkar, Rochelle, The Arithmetic of breasts and other stories, 20Notebooks Press, 2013.

Potkar, Rochelle, Four Degrees of Separation, Poetrywala, 2016.

Potkar, Rochelle, Paper Asylum, Copper Coin, 2018.

Publications & Prizes

Triangulation: Parch (Parsec Ink, 2014)
The Revenge Ink anthology of Indian writing (Revenge Ink, 2009)
Far Enough East
Sein und Werden
The Medulla Review
The Nassau Review
Prizes won: 


The Norton Girault Literary Prize in poetry UK, 2018, winner for To Daraza.

The Gregory O' Donoghue International Poetry Prize Ireland, 2018, shortlist for The girl from Lal Bazar.

Asian Cha’s Auditory Cortex, 2018, honorable mention for Place.

The Great Indian Poetry Contest, 2018, first runner up for War Specials.

Hongkong's Proverse Poetry Prize (single poems) 2018 Anthology space for Amber.

Eyewear Publishing, Beverly Prize Poetry Book Award, 2019, long list, The Inglorious Coins of the Counting House.



Open Road Review, 2016, winner for The leaves of the deodar.

The Best of Asian Short Stories, Kitaab International, 2018, selection for Chit Mahal (The Enclave).

The Best of Asian Speculative Short Stories, Kitaab International, 2018, selection for Eternal Swirl.

NFDC Screenwriters Lab 2018, selected for development, A Brown Coat.

The DISQUIET International Literary prize, Lisbon, 2019, notable entry for Parfum.

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, Tales from Firozsha Baag by Rohinton Mistry, Grills and other poems by Mohan Ramanan

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Asian American
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Mumbai, Bombay
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Last update: May 06, 2019