Kala Ramesh


Kala Ramesh

Kala Ramesh has a fascination for Indian classical music and has worked extensively on Pandit Kumar Gandharava’s gayaki and nirguni bhajans along with the paramparic bandishes of the Gwalior gharana, under the guidance of Vidushi Smt Shubhada Chirmulay, Pune. Kala has performed in major cities in India.

Kala discovered haiku in 2005 and feels she’s addicted to this art form since day one! She also writes in related genres like, tanka (five line poem), haibun (tight prose embedded with haiku), senryu, and renku (collaborative linked verse). Her poems have appeared in anthologies, print and online journals, like Modern Haiku, Magnapoets, Mainichi Daily News, Asahi Shimbun, Tinywords, Bottle Rockets, Acorn, A Hundred Gourds, The Heron’s Nest, Frogpond, Ribbons, Roadrunner, Moonset the Newspaper, Mayfly, Simply Haiku, Presence, Haibun Today, Contemporary Haibun Online and many more.

Kala was on the editorial board of Take Five: the Best Contemporary Tanka 2008/2009/2010. She was the festival director of the 9th World Haiku Festival, (WHC) Bangalore, February 2008. She is World Haiku Review’s Deputy Editor-in-chief. She was asked to write a feature on Haiku in India for a reputed haiku journal, A Hundred Gourds, published in June, 2013. The link: http://www.ahundredgourds.com/ahg23/feature01.html

The recent awards: Her book titled “Haiku” brought out by Katha in December 2010 was awarded the Honourable Mention for Best Book for Children: The Haiku Society of America’s Mildred Kanterman Memorial Merit Book Awards. Genjuan International Haibun Contest 2012 (Japan). An (Cottage) Prize for the haibun: The Blue Jacaranda. Winner of The Snapshot Press eChapbook Award 2012 (UK) for the collection of her tanka poems “the unseen arc”. She has her poems in Haiku 21: an anthology of contemporary English-language haiku (Modern Haiku Press, 2012). & Haiku in English – the First Hundred Years. (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc), coming out in August 26, 2013. Kala feels honoured to have her haiku poems included in both these prestigious anthologies.

Kala is one of the founding members of the ‘IN haiku’ group.

Ranjit Hoskote

Ranjit Hoskote


Ranjit Hoskote is a poet, cultural theorist and curator. He is the author of more than 25 books, including Vanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems 1985-2005 (Penguin, 2006) and Die Ankunft der Vögel (Carl Hanser Verlag, 2006). His translation of the 14th-century Kashmiri mystic Lal Ded has been published as I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded (Penguin Classics, 2011). He is the editor of Dom Moraes: Selected Poems (Penguin Modern Classics, 2012), which is the first annotated critical edition of a major Anglophone Indian poet’s work.

Hoskote’s poems have appeared in many journals, including Akzente (Munich), Boulevard Magenta (Dublin), www.fieralingue.com (Bolzano), Fulcrum (Cambridge, Mass.), Green Integer Review (Los Angeles), Indian Quarterly (New Delhi), Iowa Review (Iowa City), Lyric Poetry Review (Houston), www.nthposition.com (London), Poesia (Milan), Poetry Review (London), Rattapallax (New York), Wespennest (Vienna), and Westerly (Perth). His poems have also been published in numerous anthologies, including The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (Jeet Thayil ed., Bloodaxe, 2008), Language for a New Century (Tina Chang, Nathalie Handal and Ravi Shankar eds., W. W. Norton, 2008), and The Harper Collins Book of English Poetry (Sudeep Sen ed., HarperCollins, 2012). His essay, ‘Indian Poetry: An Experimental Continuity’, has appeared in Poetry Review, London (102: 4, Winter 2012). With Ilija Trojanow, Hoskote has co-authored Confluences (Yoda Press, 2012), a critique of the ‘clash of civilisations’ thesis phrased from the perspective of cultural confluence.

Hoskote has been a Fellow of the International Writing Program, University of Iowa (1995), an Associate Fellow at Sarai/ CSDS, New Delhi (2006-2007), and writer-in-residence at Villa Waldberta, Munich (2003), Theater der Welt, Essen/ Mülheim (2010) and the Polish Institute, Berlin (2010). He has received the Sanskriti Award for Literature (1996), the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Award for Literature (2004), and the S H Raza Award for Literature (2006). He won first prize in the British Council/ Poetry Society All-India Poetry Competition (1997). For I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded, Hoskote won the first Muse India Translation Award (2012).

Arundhathi Subramaniam

Arundhathi Subramaniam


Arundhathi Subramaniam is a poet, curator, journalist, dancer and a theatrician. She divides her time between Bombay and a yoga centre in Coimbatore. Arundhathi is the author of three books of poems, most recently Where I Live: New and Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, UK). Her prose works include the bestselling biography of a contemporary mystic (Sadhguru: More Than a Life, Penguin) and a book on the Buddha (The Book of Buddha, Penguin, reprinted several times). As editor, she has worked on a Penguin anthology of essays on sacred journeys in the country (Pilgrim’s India), and co-edited a Penguin anthology of contemporary Indian love poems in English (Confronting Love). She has received the Raza Award for Poetry (2009), as well as the Charles Wallace Fellowship (for a 3-month writing residency at the University of Stirling) in 2003; the Visiting Arts Fellowship for a poetry tour of the UK (organized by the Poetry Society) in 2006; and the Homi Bhabha Fellowship in 2012.

In 2004, she was invited to edit the India domain of the Poetry International Web which grew into a significant web journal of contemporary Indian poetry. Her poetry has been published in various international journals and anthologies, including Reasons for Belonging: Fourteen Contemporary Poets (Penguin India); Sixty Indian Poets (Penguin India), Both Sides of the Sky (National Book Trust, India), We Speak in Changing Languages (Sahitya Akademi), Fulcrum No 4: An Annual of Poetry and Aesthetics (Fulcrum Poetry Press, US) The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (Bloodaxe, UK) and Atlas: New Writing (Crossword/ Aark Arts).

Arundhathi has worked at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai, for several years, leading a discussion-based inter-arts forum named Chauraha. She has also been Head of Indian Classical Dance at the NCPA. She has written on literature, classical dance, theatre and culture for various newspapers (including The Times of India, The Hindu, The Indian Express, among others) since 1989. She has also been columnist on culture and literature for Time Out, Mumbai, The Indian Express and New Woman.

Inua Ellams

Inua Ellams

Inua Ellams was born in Nigeria in 1984 and moved to the UK as a child. Inua was the school’s outspoken, unofficial ambassador for black people the world over.  A poet, playwright, performer and graphic designer, Inua is a words-smith, pursuer and interloper traversing different worlds with rhythm and slice. His writing and performance come with ornate detail and structure that straddles his Nigerian roots and British upbringing. Layered in richness and full of iconographic imagery – he presents British audiences with a hologram of an immigrant’s creative coming of age.

Rooted in a love for rhythm and language, he crosses 18th century romanticism and traditional story telling with contemporary diction, loose rhythm and rhyme. He explores both old and new school styles in his poem Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars: while being awash with beautifully deep and complex metaphor, Inua’s poem successfully shows a very vivid and dark insight into the sad reality of domestic abuse. His first book was the best-selling poetry pamphlet, Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales (2005)

He started performing in cafes in 2003 and has since worked in venues which include Queen Elizabeth Hall, Tate Britain, Theatre Royal Stratford and Glastonbury Festival. He has also undertaken several commissions, including those for Tate Modern, Soho Theatre and for the BBC’s

Politics Show. His first book was the best-selling poetry pamphlet, Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales (2005), and in 2009 his debut play, The 14th Tale (2009), a partly autobiographical coming of age tale, won a Fringe First Award at Edinburgh Festival, toured, and ran at the National Theatre in 2010. His second play, Untitled (2010), toured in Autumn 2010.

R. K. Singh

Dr. R. K. Singh

Dr. R.K Singh started his career in journalism, as a Compilation Officer in the District Gazetteers Department, Lucknow, 1973, and a Journalist with the Press Trust of India, New Delhi, 1973-74. Changing to teaching he became a Lecturer at the Royal Bhutan Polytechnic, Deothang, Bhutan, 1974-76.

Joining the Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad as a Lecturer from 1976-83, he then rose to Assistant Professor in 1983. He has been Professor of English and Head of the Institute’s Department of Humanities and Social Sciences since 1993. A reviewer, critic and contemporary poet who writes in Indian English, Dr. Singh is the author of more than 150 research articles and 160 book reviews.

He has published 34 books, including : Savitri : A Spiritual Epic ( 1984); My Silence ( 1985); Sound and Silence ( 1986); Indian English Writing : 1981-1985 : Experiments with Expression (ed., 1987, rept. 1991); Using English in Science and Technology ( 1988, rev. and rept, 2000); Recent Indian English Poets : Expressions and Beliefs (ed. 1992); Two Poets: R.K. Singh (I DO NOT QUESTION) Ujjal Singh Bahri (THE GRAMMAR OF MY LIFE) ( 1994); General English Practice ( 1995); Writing Your Thesis and Research Papers (1996); Anger in Action : Explorations of Anger in Indian Writing in English (ed.,1997); My Silence and Other Selected Poems : 1974-1994 ( 1996); Above the Earth’s Green ( 1997); Psychic Knot : Search for Tolerance in Indian English Fiction (ed., 1998); New Zealand Literature : Some Recent Trends (ed.,1998); Every Stone Drop Pebble ( 1999); Multiple-Choice General English for UPSC Competitive Exams ( 2001); Cover to Cover (poems, 2002). Pacem in Terris ( 2003), Communication : Grammar and Composition (2003), Sri Aurobindo’s Savitri : Essays on Love, Life and Death ( 2005), Teaching English for Specific Purposes : An Evolving Experience (2005), The River Returns (2006), Voices of the Present: Critical essays on Some Indian English Poets (2006), Sexless Solitude and Other Poems (2009), Sense and Silence: Collected Poems (2010) and Mechanics of Research Writing (2010).