Contributors

Adam Augello is currently studying creative writing at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He grew up in Kingston, a small town on the Southeast coast of Massachusetts.

Abhimanyu Kumar Singh is a journalist from New Delhi. His poems have appeared in several Indian and International journals.

Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi is an assistant professor of linguistics in the School of Languages and Literature at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Jammu and Kashmir, India. His research interests include language documentation, writing descriptive grammars, and the preservation of rare and endangered languages in South Asia. He has contributed articles to many English journals.

Anuradha Majumdar’s books include Refugees from Paradise and The God Enchanter and  two books of poetry, Mobile Hour & Light Matter.  She has contributed poetry for art installation and choreography projects and participated in the Prakriti poetry festival. Has published short stories and also writes for young adults. Participated in the Literature-Cinema conference at the Focus India event in Rome in 2007. www.anumajumdar.com

Aayush Yadav is a student of computer engineering, a Wilde fanatic and a devotee of Floyd.

Art Allen is from Colombo, Sri Lanka currently studying for an MA at the University of Oxford. His poetry has appeared and is forthcoming in a number of national and international magazines including: The Irish Literary Review, The Amsterdam Quarterly, Wilderness House, The Oxonian Review, The Cadaverine, IS&T, Cake, Cactus Heart, Eyot and Elbow Room.

Avishek Purai is an Indian national from Kolkata currently working as Assistant Professor in English Studies at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. He has researched on literature and memory and is an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, having done his PhD in English from Durham University.

Ben Reed’s fiction has most recently appeared in The Texas Observer, after he won their 2016 Short Story Competition, and on The Open Bar, the blog for Tin House. His stories can also be found in Big Fiction, Pank, West Branch, Seattle Review, Blue Mesa Review, and other places. Ben lives in Austin and teaches writing and literature at Texas State University.

Brandon Marlon is a writer from Ottawa, Canada. He received his B.A. (Hon.) in Drama and English from the University of Toronto and his M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. His poetry has been published variously in Canada, U.S.A., England, Ireland, Greece, Romania, Israel, India, Pakistan, and Singapore. www.brandonmarlon.com

Chelsea Harlan was born in rural Appalachian Virginia but now lives and writes in Brooklyn . She has pieces published in Everyday Genius, Plain China, and has a forthcoming piece in Leveler. She’ll be a resident writer at the John Ashbery Home School this coming summer, prior to beginning her MFA in poetry.

David Ishaya Osu is a young Nigerian poet. He has appeared in: The New Black Magazine, African Writer, The Kalahari Review, Poetic Diversity, Ann Arbor Review, Elohi Gadugi Journal, and elsewhere. He is working on his debut poetry book.

Deirdre Hines is an award winning poet and playwright. Her first collection of poems, “The Language of Coats” was published by New Island Press. You can hear her read some of these poems by clicking on the You Tube link on www.deirdrehines.com. New poems by Deirdre will be appearing in the January issue of The Lake and Deep Water Literary Journal.

Echezonachukwu Nduka (b. July 19, 1989) is a Nigerian poet and music scholar in Kingston University London, England. His poems have been published in Black Communion: Poems of 100 New African Poets, From Here to There: A Cross-Cultural Poetry Anthology, A Thousand Voices Rising: An Anthology of Contemporary African Poetry, The Solace of Nature: An Anthology of International Poetry, and several reputable literary magazines and journals.

Evan Guilford-Blake’s novel, Noir(ish), is published by Penguin, and Holland House will issue American Blues, a collection of his short stories, in October. His plays have won 42 competitions; 30 are published. He and his wife (and inspiration) Roxanna, a healthcare writer and jewelry designer, live in the southeastern US. Find him at : www.guilford-blake.com/evan

Gaurav Deka lives in Guwahati, Assam. His fictions, poetry and reviews have been published in The Open Road Review, The Tenement Block Review, Café Dissensus, The Four Quarter Magazine, The Bombay Literary Magazine, The Thumb Print Magazine, Fearless [poetry zine], The Northeast Review, and DNA-Out of Print, among others. His fiction, “To Whom He Wrote From Berlin”, won The Open Road Review Short Fiction Contest, 2014.

Gauri Burma lives in Mumbai, where she works as a copywriter. She has earned an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Mumbai and is currently pursuing a P.G. Diploma in Comparative Mythology at the University of Mumbai.

George Vivian Paul, a Mallu born into an army family, was provided with the best education across the country by parents and relatives with extremely high hopes of seeing him outrank his father and grandfather in the army, or have a spectacular career in medicine. As it turned out, he did his engineering and now tells jokes. With utterly bewildered relatives and parents wondering still how to fix him, he can be seen weirding people out at comedy venues of “KALKUTTA KOMEDIANS” and “COMEDIFIED” in Kolkata. This highly impulsive human being has further delusions of having a sustainable standup comedy scene in his hometown Kochi, hence “KOCHIN KOMEDIANS”. He has done many corporate shows including for Maruthi Suzuki, Cognizant, Le Merian, Grovers Zampa, Indian Navy, in events powered by Comedy Central.

Goirick Brahmachari lives in New Delhi, India. He hails from Silchar, Assam. His poems have appeared in North East Review, Nether, Pyrta Journal, Raedleaf Poetry, Coldnoon Quarterly and The Four Quarters Magazine.

Hamish Filmer grew up in Simon’s Town, South Africa, studying Classical Philology at the University of Cape Town. Hamish resides in The Hague, where he lives with his wife, Ksenia, and two sons, Konstantin and Alexander. He has had short stories published in Empty Nest (KY Story), The Cardiff Review, Type/Cast, Brilliant Flash Fiction, and The Quill Magazine (forthcoming). http://hamishfilmer.weebly.com/writing.html

Insia Fatima is a part-time amateur poet, part-time financial analyst who lives and works in New York, but comes alive in Mumbai. Her work appears regularly on her blog, and has been published in the past in literary magazines such as The Brown Critique.

Janet was born and grew up in the North East of England, and now lives in London. She has worked in post-16 education in roles ranging from teacher to inspector. She has travelled widely in India, and this experience has influenced her work.She has had a number of short stories anthologised. ‘The Map of Bihar was published both in the UK (Earlyworks Press) and in the USA (Hopewell Publications), where it appeared in ‘Best New Writing 2013′ and was nominated for the Eric Hoffer prize for prose 2012.’The Work of Lesser-Known Artists’ was a runner-up in the London Short Story Competition 2014, and appeared in ‘Flamingo Land’ (Flight Press, 2015). ‘The Menace at the Gate’, a story set in Punjab at the time of the Sikh unrest, was published online in  the Bombay Literary Magazine in January 2016, ‘The Queen of Campbeltown’ appeared in ‘The Ball of the Future’ (Earlyworks Press, February 2016) and ‘Drishti’ appeared recently on the website of Out of Print literary magazine.Janet has had commendations and listings in a number of competitions including the Fish International short story competition. In 2008, she was a runner-up in the ‘Guardian’ newspaper’s international development journalism competition with a piece about the education girls in Afghanistan.’

Kenneth Robbins is the author of four published novels and 22 published plays as well as numerous essays, stories, and memoirs. He co-edited 4 collections of literary works dealing with Christmas along with his wife.  He currently teaches writing at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA, USA.

Kritika Pandey is a Young India Fellow, freelance features writer, published poet and short story writer, and a Charles Wallace scholar for Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh.

Krupa Ge is a Chennai-based writer and journalist, whose short fiction has appeared in The New Asian Writing Short Story Anthology 2014, Sahitya Akademi’s Indian Literature, Purple Pig Lit, Reading Hour, Papercuts and will appear in Blink-Ink’s Issue 18. Her non fiction writing has appeared in The Hindu, Times of India, Alternative, etc. She was a finalist in the César Egido Serrano Foundation’s Flash Fiction Competition Prize’s second edition. She is currently working on her first novel. She curates The Madras Mag, a multilingual literary journal. http://madrasmag.in/

Madu Chisom Kingdavid is a Nigerian poet and writer born in Umunoha – a historical town in the heart of Igboland. He is also a graduate of History and International Studies.

Madhura Banerjee is in her third year bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. Since the days of her schooling – in Calcutta Girls’ High School – she has been involved in creative activities, and won multiple inter-school poetry-writing, script-writing and story-writing competitions. She was shortlisted in the top twenty-five storytellers by Scholastic Writing Awards 2007. In college, she has been deeply involved in the creative sector, winning inter-college poetry competitions, being chief editor of the magazine by the Science faculty of St. Xavier’s College, and being shortlisted in the top twenty storytellers by ‘Belles-Lettres’ (2015) – a story-writing competition by Government Law College, Mumbai. Her short story, ‘Tales To Tell’ was included in the anthology published by BEE Books, 2015.

Michelle D’costa has set a National Record for the most poetry and fiction published in magazines in India Book of Records 2015. She laughs loudly and is not apologetic about it. She blogs here pikoomish.wordpress.com

Mosarrap H Khan is an academic, currently based in a small town, Kotulpur, in West Bengal, India. His creative pieces have previously appeared on Asia Writes Project, The Sunflower Collective, and Cafe Dissensus Everyday.

Mohit Parikh’s works have been published in Identity Theory, Specs Journal of Arts and Culture, Out of Print Magazine, Burrow Press Review, The Bombay Literary Magazine and others. He was shortlisted for Toto Awards 2014 for Creative Writing in English. Presently, he is filming a movie based in Mcleodganj, India. Manan is his first book.

Namitha Varma is a media professional based in Bengaluru, India. She is a voracious reader, a music enthusiast and an opinionated social observer. She has publishing credits in over 20 literary journals including SahityaAkademi’s Indian Literature, eFiction India, FIVE Poetry, The Literary Herald, The Voices Project, Hackwriters, MadSwirl, and Postcard Poems and Prose. Her micropoem was read out on NPR during the National Poetry Month 2014, and her works also appear in two anthologies. She blogs on narcissistwrites.blogspot.com and tweets via @namithavr.

Neerja Singh, a teacher, blogger, speaker and writer, has worked in advertising, public relations, documentary film making and feature journalism. A lifelong learner and a keen watcher of the evolving social dynamics, she maintains a blog at http://confessionsofanambitiousmother.blogspot.in/

Neil Julian Balthazar is in his final year of college at SIMC(UG) and dreams of being a writer one day. The urge is strongest during his business studies lectures.

Nicholas Foreman, 26, is from Melbourne, Australia. He started writing and reading poetry at  the age of eighteen after discovering the band “The Doors”. He is currently studying Arts at the University and hopes to become a Social Worker.

Niyantha Shekar is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in publications such as Himal Southasian, The Cricket Monthly, The Hindu, Asian Review of Books, The Madras Mag and The Aerogram. His work can be seen at www.niyantha.com

Okafor Emmanuel Tochukwu is a Nigerian award-winning writer. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Kalahari Review, Bakwa Magazine, African Writer, Unbroken Journal, Image Magazine and Expound Magazine. He is currently working on a full-length debut novel.

Paul m. Strohm is a freelance journalist working in Houston, Texas. His poems have appeared in HuKmag.com, the Berkeley Poets Cooperative, The Lake, WiND, and other literary outlets.  His first collection of poems entitled Closed On Sunday is scheduled to be published in late 2014 by the Wellhead Press.
Priya Vashishth belongs to the valley of Gods, Kullu, and is a damsel in her late teenage. Presently, she is pursuing a B.Tech degree in Computer Science and Engineering at NIT Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, India

R.J. Fox is the award-winning writer of several short stories, plays, poems, a memoir, and 15 feature length screenplays. Two of his screenplays have been optioned to Hollywood. He has also been published in over 30 literary magazines.His first book, Love & Vodka: My Surreal Adventures in Ukraine was recently published by Fish Out of Water Books.

Radhika Jayaraman is a feminist, social entrepreneur, and writer. She believes that the pen is a powerful voice for those who are not heard.

Ram Govardhan’s first novel, Rough with the Smooth, was longlisted for the 2009 Man Asian Literary Prize, The Economist-Crossword 2011 Award and published by Leadstart Publishing, Mumbai. His short stories have appeared in Asian Cha, QLR of Singapore, Muse India, Open Road Review, The Bangalore Review, The Spark and several other international literary journals. He lives in Chennai cursing the deadly humidity all the time.

Robert Boucheron is an architect in Charlottesville, Virginia. His short stories and essays appear in Bangalore Review,Bellingham Review, Fiction International, London Journal of Fiction, New Haven Review, Poydras ReviewShort Fiction(UK).

Robert Knox is freelance writer for the Boston Globe and a creative writer. He covers the arts for the Globe’s ‘South’ regional sections and also writes about environmental, land use and real estate issues. His short stories, poems, book reviews and creative nonfiction have appeared in numerous literary publications.

RK Biswas’s short fiction and poetry have been published in journals and anthologies, both in print and online, all over the world, previously as Rumjhum Biswas. Her poem “Bones” was a Pushcart Nominee from Cha: An Asian Literary Journal in 2010. In 2012 she won first prize in the Anam Cara Writer’s Retreat Short Story Contest. Her novel Culling Mynahs and Crows was published by Lifi Publications, India in January 2014. A short story collection – Breasts and Other Afflictions of Women – is forthcoming in mid 2014 from Authorspress, India. She blogs athttp://www.rumjhumkbiswas.wordpress.com

Sada Malumfashi is a practicing Pharmacist from Nigeria. He is an emerging writer and poet.

Saddiq Dzukogi is a Nigerian poet who has published three poetry collections. He has poems published in KalahariReview, African Writer, EbediReview, SarabaMagazine, among others. He writes from the capital city of Minna.

Sagnik Datta has a degree in Engineering Physics, but he is not sure where he has kept it. His works have appeared (or are forthcoming) in: Eunoia Review, eFiction India, After The Pause, Right Hand Pointing.

Samuel Oluwatobi Olatunji is the Assistant Managing Editor of Expound. He has been published in a number of journals, magazines, anthologies and blogs such as Black Heart Magazine, Black Communion (Poets of the New African Poets), Rolling Thunder Quarterly, Footmarks: Poems on One Hundred Years of Nigeria’s Nationhood and elsewhere. He is the co-editor of The Rape of Death, an anthology of poems. Currently, he is studying English at University of Lagos, Nigeria. You can follow him on Twitter: @Mr_Samitude

Sanam Sharma is a writer of Indian origin, residing in Melbourne, Australia. She has recently authored her first poetry collection, ‘Tamed Words’ (Authors Press, India).

Saranyan BV is a Mumbai based writer and poet. Many of his stories and poem appear in Indian and international literary magazines. He loves Raymond Carver’s short stories and recommends every lover of short stories to read Annie Beattie’s ‘Snow’.

Scott Montgomery lives in the isolated heights of the Andes in a region known as The Potato Park. It is here that he spends his time in the community, learning the Quechua language, and holding workshops for children on themes related to self-expression and sustainability. He is currently working on a book of creative nonfiction, which has been funded through Kickstarter. He received his MFA in creative writing from Arizona State University, where he served as poetry editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review.

Selma Carvalho is an Indian-British writer and columnist, and the author of three non-fiction books documenting the presence of Goans in colonial East Africa. Her fiction work has been published in Muse India, Jaggery South Asian Literary Journal and Litro UK (India issue; ed. Shashi Tharoor). Her short stories have been long-listed for the TSS (UK) contest 2016, short-listed and published for the Almond Press (UK) contest 2015, and the DNA-Out of Print (India) contest, 2016.

Sharla R. Yates lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by way of the Pacific Northwest. Her poetry chapbook, “What I Would Say If We Were To Drown Tonight,” is forthcoming in 2017. Her nonfiction story, “Address,” was a finalist for the 2015 Columbia Journal Writing contest and the 2016 Penelope Niven Award in Creative Nonfiction. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in fiction.

Sheila Kumar is an independent writer and editor, as well as author of a collection of short stories titled Kith and Kin.

‘Shom’ Biswas is an engineer/MBA and works as a business consultant in Chicago. His work has been published in the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore (QLRS), Out of Print, Reading Hour and Sparkmagazines. He is a collector of antique sports books; and is consistently one of the best EPL fantasy football managers in the world. He is also an active community member of the Bangalore Writers Workshop. He is NOT in the process of writing a novel.

Sourav Pattanayak is a marketing post graduate based out of Mumbai, India. A big Harry Potter fan, he loves to write short stories and poetry. In his spare time, he likes to indulge in cartooning, graphics design and daydreaming. A college literary magazine and newsletter editor, Sourav wishes to try things from the other side of the table now.

Sumedh Natu : Tell me a story. I’ll make it better.

Sushant Kumar is a media student living in Pune who writes for pleasure when he gets free from his assignments. A dedicated daydreamer, most of his works draw inspiration from human behavior in urban lifestyle. He is fond of coffee, rain and capturing life in photos.

Spanish writer, TS Hidalgo (43) holds a BBA (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), an MBA (IE Business School), a MA in Creative Writing (Hotel Kafka) and a Certificate in Management and the Arts (New York University). His works have been published in magazines in the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, South Africa, India and Australia, and he has been the winner of prizes like the Criaturas feroces (Editorial Destino) in short story and a finalist at Festival Eñe in the novel category. He has currently developed his career in finance and stock market.

Tanushree Vachharajani is currently pursuing a PhD in English from Northwestern University, Chicago. She works on postcolonial and Dalit literature, across English and Gujarati. Her fiction has previously been published in magazines such as the Canada-based Ascent Aspirations and Damselfly Press.

Tapan Mozumdar is an engineer by training and a real estate builder by profession. He has interests in poetry, short stories and now, in photography. He has an anger issue, which is under therapeutic measures now for mitigation. He is 50 and lives in Bangalore with his parents and wife. His son is 20 and studies digital design.

Terfa Danjuma Nenger is a graduate of Urban and Regional Planning who lives in Minna.  A performance poet with several audio poems to his credit, he’s also playwright, occasional essayist and a Naija langwej promoter. He is the current PRO of the Association of Nigerian Authors, Niger State with several literary works itching for publications.

Ushnav Shroff’s work has featured in The Hindu, Free Press Journal, Reading Hour, among others. His love for creating something out of nothing has not left him once he began putting pen to paper from the age of nine. Apart from short stories, he delves in poems and book reviews. He is currently working on a novella and can be found at http://www.theparsipoet.wordpress.com

Uttaran Das Gupta was born in Calcutta, India, and read English at Jadavpur University. His poems and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in ReadingHourMagnapoetsRaedleaf , Fulcrum, Open Road ReviewThe Sunflower Collective, The Dhauli Review, Strip Tease, Café Dissensus and Indian Literature, and have been translated into Bengali and Telugu. He is a journalist with Business Standard, New Delhi, where he frequently reviews books and films. He is also a member of The Sunflower Collective. At present, he is working on his novel and was at the Sangam House Residency in January. His poetry has been shortlisted for the Raedleaf Poetry Competition 2016 and his short stories have been shortlisted for Juggernaut Short Story Prize 2016 and Open Road Review Short Story Contest 2016.

Vidya Panicker, a writer from Kerala, India, has stories published or upcoming in journals and magazines including Muse India, Himal South Asian, East Lit journal, The Fem Literary Magazine, Criterion journal, Expound, Femina fast fiction, Contemporary Literary Review of India, Indus Woman Writing, and Reading hour magazine. Some of her work have been translated and published in other Indian languages as well.

Vidyabhushan Arya: With over 11 years of industry and academic experience, Mr. Arya specialised in print and electronic media. He was associated with Indian Express, Times of India and E-TV News. He currently teaches Journalism at Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune India.

Wale Owoade is a Nigerian poet. He was a finalist for 2014 Laura Thomas Poetry Contest and won the Silver Prize at the 2015 Tony Tokunbo Fernandez International Poetry Contest. His works have been published in many literary journals including Mapple Tree Literary Journal, Canada and The Lake Poetry Journal, U.K. He is the Publisher and Managing Editor of Expound.

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