Board of Advisors


Sudeep Sen’s prize-winning books include Postmarked India: New & Selected Poems (HarperCollins), Rain, Aria (A. K. Ramanujan Translation Award), The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry (editor), Fractals: New & Selected Poems | Translations 1980-2015 (London Magazine Editions) and EroText (Vintage: Penguin Random House). Blue Nude: New Poems & Ekphrasis (Jorge Zalamea International Poetry Prize) is forthcoming. Sen’s works have been translated into over 25 languages. His words have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, Newsweek, Guardian, Observer, Independent, Telegraph, Financial Times, Herald, Poetry Review, Literary Review, Harvard Review, Hindu, Hindustan Times, Times of India, Indian Express, Outlook, India Today, and broadcast on BBC, PBS, CNN IBN, NDTV, AIR & Doordarshan. Sen’s newer work appears in New Writing 15 (Granta), Language for a New Century (Norton), Leela: An Erotic Play of Verse and Art (Collins), Indian Love Poems (Knopf/Random House/Everyman), Out of Bounds (Bloodaxe), and Initiate: Oxford New Writing (Blackwell). He is the editorial director of AARK ARTS and the editor of Atlas. Sen is the first Asian honoured to speak and read at the Nobel Laureate Week. The Government of India awarded him the senior fellowship for “outstanding persons in the field of culture/literature.”

avt_joseph-manu_8119Manu Joseph is an Indian journalist and writer. He is the former editor of Open magazine, and a columnist for The International New York Timesand The Hindustan Times. In 2007, he was a Chevening Scholar. He currently lives in Delhi. His debut novel Serious Men (2010) won The Hindu Literary Prize and the PEN/Open Book Award. The PEN jury described him as “that rare bird who can wildly entertain the reader as forcefully as he moves them.”

His second novel, The Illicit Happiness of Other People, was published in September 2012. The semi-autobiographical novel was described by The Wall Street Journal as a work that “injects dark, rueful laughter into an immensely touching story of loss”

talking-about-dark-subjects_001Akhil Sharma is an assistant professor in the creative writing MFA program at Rutgers University-Newark. Sharma has published stories in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Quarterly, Fiction, the Best American Short Stories anthology, and the O. Henry Award Winners anthology. His short story “Cosmopolitan” was anthologized in The Best American Short Stories 1998, and was also made into an acclaimed 2003 film of the same name, which has appeared on the PBS series Independent Lens. Sharma’s first novel is An Obedient Father, which won the PEN/Hemingway award in 2001. Family Life, his second, was published by W. W. Norton & Company in the U.S. and Faber and Faber in the U.K. in April 2014. The New York Times described the mostly autobiographical novel as “deeply unnerving and gorgeously tender at its core.” David Sedaris noted that “[e]very page is alive and surprising, proof of [Sharma’s] huge, unique talent.” Sharma wrote about the 13 years it took to write Family Life in an essay on The New Yorker’s website. Family Life won the 2015 Folio Prize for fiction.

altaf-tyrewalaAltaf Tyrewala is an Indian, English-language author. Altaf studied advertising and marketing in New York, he earned a BBA from Baruch College in 1995, before returning to Mumbai in 1999 to work on his critically acclaimed debut novel “No God in Sight“. The novel, published by Penguin India in 2005, has been translated into Marathi, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Dutch, and published in the US and Canada. Tyrewala’s short stories have been included in several Indian and international anthologies. Altaf’s work has been hailed as “more sophisticated and universal than Adiga’s” by some critics.

arunava_2058640gArunava Sinha translates classic, modern and contemporary Bengali fiction and nonfiction into English. Thirty-one of his translations have been published so far. Twice the winner of the Crossword translation award, for Sankar’s Chowringhee (2007) and Anita Agnihotri’s Seventeen (2011), respectively, and the winner of the Muse India translation award (2013) for Buddhadeva Bose’s When The Time Is Right, he has also been shortlisted for The Independent Foreign Fiction prize (2009) for his translation of Chowringhee. Besides India, his translations have been published in the UK and the US in English, and in several European and Asian countries through further translation. He was born and grew up in Kolkata, and lives and writes in New Delhi.

10138_10200624769774270_1820265053_nAnjali Joseph is a British-Indian author, journalist, and teacher. Her first novel, Saraswati Park (2010), was a critical success and earned her several awards, including the Betty Trask Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize.

Her second novel, Another Country, was released in 2012 and was longlisted for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize.. In 2010, she was listed by the The Telegraph as one of the 20 best writers under the age of 40.

p1120332Annie Zaidi is a writer from India. Her collection of essays, Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales, was short-listed for the Vodafone Crossword Book Award in 2010. In addition to essays, she also writes poetry (Crush, 2007), short-stories (The Good Indian Girl, 2011), plays and has published a novella. Her essays, poems and short stories have appeared in several anthologies, including Dharavi: The City Within (Harper Collins India) Mumbai Noir (Akshic/Harper Collins India), Women Changing India (Zubaan); Journeys Through Rajasthan (Rupa) First Proof: 2 (Penguin India), 21 Under 40 (Zubaan), India Shining, India Changing (Tranquebar). More of her work has appeared in literary journals like The Little Magazine, Desilit, Pratilipi, The Raleigh Review, Mint Lounge, Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi) and Asian Cha. In June 2012, Elle (India) magazine named Annie as one of the emerging South Asian writers “whose writing we believe will enrich South Asian literature”. The list also called 20 under 40 was inspired by Granta’s 20 under 40 list.


Chandrahas Choudhury grew up in Bombay and his native Odisha, was educated at the Universities of Delhi and Cambridge, and now lives in Delhi. He writes a weekly column on Indian politics, society and literature for Bloomberg View.

Choudhury’s essays and book reviews have appeared in The National, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, and The New York Times, and he is the editor of the anthology of Indian fiction India: A Traveller’s Literary Companion, published by Whereabouts Press and with a foreword by Anita Desai.

anita-nair-mentor-anitas-atticAnita Nair’s first book is a collection of short stories called Satyr of the Subway, which she sold to Har-Anand Press. The book won her a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Nair’s second book was published by Penguin India, and was the first book by an Indian author to be published by Picador USA. A bestselling author of fiction and poetry, Nair’s novels The Better Man and Ladies Coupe have been translated into 21 languages. Nair has also written The Puffin Book of Myths and Legends (2004), and edited Where the Rain is Born (2003). Her other books include Mistress (2003), Adventures of Nonu, the Skating Squirrel (2006), Living Next Door to Alise (2007) and Magical Indian Myths(2008). Her sixth novel Idris: Keeper of The Light (2014) is a historical and geographical novel about a Somalian trader who visited Malabar in 1659 AD.

arvindfArvind Krishna Mehrotra is a noted Indian poet, anthologist, literary critic and translator. Mehrotra is widely recognized for extending the Indian English language poetry tradition, established by figures such as A.K. Ramanujan, Nissim Ezekiel, Dom Moraes and Arun Kolatkar. Mehrotra’s poetry contained in collections such as “Middle Earth”, “Nine enclosures” and “The transfiguring places” are considered significant contributions to Indian English poetry, and are noted for their innovative exploration of modern concerns and ways of representation. Mehrotra’s work has been wide ranging, including both traditional forms and unconventional techniques and his occasional literary experimentation, emphasizing a variety of perspectives, has made his work a part of modern Indian English poetry. He was nominated for the chair of Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford in 2009.