Season 6 (Winter)
AMARESH NUGADONI (Kannada: Fiction)
Amaresh Nugadoni is a well-known short story writer in Kannada. He is working as Associate Professor, Department of Kannada Literature Studies, Kannada University, Hampi. Apart from collections of short stories, he as published many research works. One of his short stories was made into a National Award-winning film by Girish Kasaravalli.
ANITA ROY (English: Fiction)
Anita Roy has worked in publishing in both India and the UK for over 25 years. She set up and runs the Young Zubaan imprint of Zubaan books. She has completed a children’s novel, and is working on short stories for young adults.
ANUPAMA CHANDRASEKHAR (English: Drama, Fiction)
Anupama Chandrasekhar’s plays have been staged at leading venues in India, Europe and the US. Among her works are Free Outgoing and Disconnect, both of which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London. Anupama was a runner-up for the London Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright and a finalist for the Whiting Award (UK), and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (US) for Free Outgoing. Her screenplay was a finalist for the Sundance International Screenwriters’ Lab, Utah in 2011 and she was the Asia winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Competition in 2006 for Wings of Vedanthagal.
BIRGIT KEMPKER (German: Poetry, Prose, Audio, Video)
Birgit Kempker lives in Basel, she teaches there and someplace else between word, picture, sound, space, idea, conception, writing in the art, writing for the art and as art. Research. Prose. Essay. Retranslation. Radio play. Theatre. Radio Installation. Performance. Net. Songs. Sounds. Tabooanimals. Collaboration and sphinx.
G. KUPPUSWAMY (Tamil: Translation)
Born in 1960, G. Kuppuswamy is a well known Tamil literary translator. He translates from English to Tamil. Since 2002, he has translated several significant contemporary novels and short stories, including the work of Arundhati Roy, John Banville and Orhan Pamuk.
GLENN DIAZ (English: Fiction)
Glenn Diaz was born in Manila in 1986. He is completing his master’s degree in creative writing from the University of the Philippines in Diliman. His works, mostly fiction, have appeared or are forthcoming in Likhaan 5: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature, Volume: An Anthology of Contemporary Filipino Fiction, and the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, among others. He is a freelance writer and editor.
ISHITA BASU MALLIK (English: Poetry)
Ishita writes and draws. She received the TFA Award for Creative Writing in 2011. Some of her texts have appeared in Pyrta, Global Comment, Asian Cha, Stone Telling, DecomP and the Northeast Review. A themed first collection of poems is working on her.
JANICE PARIAT (English: Poetry, Fiction)
Janice is based between the UK, Delhi and Shillong. Her first book Boats on Land: A Collection of Short Stories (Random House, India; October 2012) won the Young Writer Award from the Sahitya Akademi (the Indian National Academy of Letters). It was shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize, and longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award 2013. Her work – including art reviews, cultural features, book reviews, fiction and poetry – has featured in a wide number of national magazines and newspapers. She edits Pyrta, an online literary journal of poetry, prose, photo essays and sketches.
LAKSHMI HOLMSTRÖM (English: Translation)
Lakshmi Holmström has translated short stories, novels and poetry by major contemporary writers in Tamil. She received the Crossword Award in 2000, the Iyal Award from the Tamil Literary Garden 2008, and shared the Crossword-Hutch Award in 2007. Her most recent translations are Wild Girls, Wicked Words (four Tamil women poets) and In a Time of Burning (the Sri Lankan poet Cheran), which won an English PEN award.
LINE-MARIA LÅNG (Danish: Fiction)
Line-Maria Lång is half Swedish-half Danish and lives in Copenhagen. Her debut story collection Rat King appeared in 2009 from the distinguished Danish publishing house, Rosinante. English translations from her debut collection have appeared in the American literary journals, The Southern Review, The Literary Review, Absinthe: New European Writing and Serving House Journal. In 2011 Line-Maria Lång was the muse of the American anthology, The Girl with Red Hair. Her first novel Artichoke Heart will be published in 2014.
PREMA REVATHI (Tamil: Drama, Poetry, Translation)
Prema Revathi is a poet, journalist, theatre person, translator and activist who runs a school for children from nomadic tribal communities in a coastal village in Tamil Nadu. She writes on development and gender and is presently writing a memoir about the school she started in the aftermath of the Asian Tsunami in 2004. She also translates fiction from English to Tamil.
S. ANAND (English: Non-Fiction)
S. Anand is the publisher of Navayana. He is the co-author of Bhimayana, a graphic biography of Ambedkar, which has been published in ten languages. Earlier, he worked as a print media journalist for ten years with Outlook, The Hindu and the Indian Express.
SEU SEONG-RAN (Korean: Fiction)
Born in Seoul in 1967, Seu Seong-Ran received a BA in Korean Literature from Seokyong University and completed an MA in Creative Writing from Joong Ang University. She made her literary debut in 1996, publishing a novella titled Grandmother’s Peace in a quarterly literary magazine, Shilchonmunhak. Her publications include three novels: Not Everyone Disappears During that Month; Special Guest and Seventh Twenty Years Old and two collections of short stories: Memories of the Room and Paprika.
VENKAT RAMAN SINGH SHYAM (Art)
Venkat Shyam is one of the torchbearers of contemporary Gond art. Mentored by Jangarh and the late Jagdish Swaminathan, he has exhibited widely in India, the US and Europe. He is working on his autobiography in collaboration with S. Anand.