Sangam House



Season 3

Louise Ardenfelt Ravnild (Danish, Translation)
Louise is a Copenhagen-based translator working mainly from English into Danish. Her work includes both fiction and non-fiction and ranges from serial killers, zookeepers’ wives, female popes and burnt-out baseball players to bakers and dieters, brain scientists and businesspeople. She holds a Master’s degree in Classical Indian Philology and hopes that it might actually prove useful some day.
Rajat Chaudhuri (English, Fiction)
Rajat is a free thinker born in northern India, now practising in Calcutta. He has published one novel, Amber Dusk, and several short stories in English and Bengali publications such as The Statesman, The Telegraph and Times of India. His dark, surreal and twisted tales appear in Underground Voices, Notes from the Undeground, Eclectica and other snakepits of the international literary underground. Chaudhuri reviews fiction for Indian Literature and The Asian Review of Books.
Colie Hoffman (English, Poetry)
Colie is an American poet living in New York’s Hudson Valley. An MFA graduate of Hunter College-CUNY, her poems have appeared in Blood Orange Review, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, and The Furnace Review. She is working on her first book.
Ida Hattemer-Higgins (English, Fiction)
Ida was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. She studied German and Chinese literature in New York City, after which she left the U.S. in 2001. In the years since, she has lived in Japan, India, and Sweden, and for the past seven years, as a student of literature and as a translator, in Berlin, Germany. Her first novel, The History of History, appeared in January 2011, with Alfred A. Knopf, Faber & Faber, and Flammarion.
Annie Zaidi (English, Non-Fiction/Poetry/Drama)
Annie is the author of Known Turf: Bantering with Bandits and Other True Tales (Tranquebar 2010) and a collection of poems, Crush. Her poems have appeared in The Little Magazine, Desilit, Pratilipi, Indian Literature and Mint, and her fiction has been published in 21 Under 40 (Zubaan), Verve and The Raleigh Review. Her first play, Name, Place, Animal, Thing, was short-listed for The Hindu MetroPlus Playwright Award, 2009. She has been a journalist for a decade and has written for several newspapers and magazines including Frontline, Tehelka, Mid-Day and Deccan Herald. She currently lives in Mumbai, India.
Sudeep KS (English, Non-Fiction)
Sudeep was born in 1976, in Thrissur, Kerala, India. He did his Masters at IIT Bombay, and worked for a software company in Bangalore before going back to Bombay for his doctoral research. He started writing in English during this time, and he has been an active blogger. After completing his PhD, he came back to Kerala in 2010, where he now teaches at an engineering college (NIT, Calicut). He has been writing on media, film, politics, women and caste among other things. He is a contributor at Insight Young Voices, a Dalit youth magazine.
Mathilde Walter Clark (Danish, Fiction)
Mathilde is Danish-American novelist and short story writer who currently lives in Copenhagen. Her most recent book is the critically acclaimed Priapus, a portrait of a seducer.
Amit Ranjan (English, Non-Fiction/Poetry/Drama)
Amit has a PhD from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of New South Wales on an Endeavour scholarship from the Australian Government. He was an Inlaks Foundation Research Fellow for 2010. Amit writes plays, poetry and fiction in English, and has acted in his own theatre productions. Currently, he is writing a fictional work set in the 19th century about an Australian writer who lived in India.
Usha Rajagopalan (English, Fiction/Poetry/Translation)
Usha was born in Tamil Nadu, schooled in Kerala, worked in Gujarat and now settled in Karnataka. She has had an eclectic working life before switching to creative writing full time. Her books are equally varied – a writer’s manual, Get Published (OUP, 2001), a novel, Amrita (Rupa & Co., 2004), short fiction, Corpse Kesavan & Other Stories (NHM, 2008) and poetry, Selected Poems of Subramania Bharati (Hachette India, 2012) translated from Tamil.
Hannele Mikaela Taivassalo (Swedish, Fiction/Drama)
Hannele writes mainly prose, but also drama. She has published two novels and a collection of short stories and has been awarded the Runeberg Prize for her novel Fem Knivar hade Andrej Krapl (Andrej Krapl had Five Knives). In addition, she has published two children’s books, stage plays, scripts for radio drama and recently, a short film script. She is active within The Swedish Writers’ Union of Finland. Though born and living in Finland, she writes in her mother tongue, Swedish.
V Ramaswamy (English, Fiction/Translation)
V Ramaswamy lives in Calcutta, India. He is an entrepreneur, grassroots organiser, social planner, teacher, writer and translator. An economist by training, he has been working as a rights activist with working class communities in Calcutta since 1984. His translation of a collection of short stories by the Bengali writer, Subimal Misra, The Golden Gandhi Statue from America, was published in 2010.
João Anzanello Carrascoza (Portuguese, Fiction)
João was born in a small town in the state of São Paulo, in Brazil. He has published several short stories as well as novels for young people and children. João has won many literary awards including the Jabuti Award.
Hyuong-Su Park (Korean, Fiction)
Hyuong-Su has received multiple grants from the Arts Council of Korea and has taught Linguistics and Creative Writing at various universities in Korea. His publications include Dawn of the Nana (2010),  Fiction of Midnight (2007) which won the Arts Council of Korea award,  and Things to Know Before Raising a Rabbit (2003).
Deepika Arwind (English, Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry)
Deepika Arwind is from Bangalore, India and writes poetry and short fiction which has been published in various journals and magazines. In 2010, she won the TFA Award for Creative Writing, was short listed for the Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize and received two fellowships for journalistic and non-fiction writing.
Yuvan Chandrasekhar (Tamil, Poetry/Fiction)
Yuvan was born and brought up in India. He writes poetry under the pen name M Yuvan and fiction & non-fiction as Yuvan Chandrasekhar. He has written novels as well as short stories and often translates into Tamil from English.
Anil Yadav (Hindi, Fiction/Non-Fiction)
Currently based in Lucknow, Anil is a journalist with the English daily newspaper The Pioneer. Anil’s literary writing has appeared in various journals and magazines. His fiction and travel writing have been featured on several websites including iharmonium, pratilipi, and kabaadkhanna.