Season 7 (Spring)
ELIZABETH GREENWOOD (English: Non-fiction)
Elizabeth Greenwood is at work on her first book of non-fiction, Playing Dead: the Art and Folly of Pseudocide, forthcoming from Simon & Schuster. Her work has appeared in The Believer, Dissent, Atlantic Monthly, and Esquire, among others. She teaches in the undergraduate creative writing program at Columbia University.
FEROZ RATHER (English: Fiction)
Feroz Rather received his MFA from Fresno State. His work has appeared in The Rumpus, The Caravan, Berfrois, Tehelka, among others. He is a contributing editor at The Normal School.
MOHINI GUPTA (Hindi: Translation)
Mohini Gupta is a poet and translator, based in New Delhi. Her translations of Vikram Seth’s poems into Hindi have been published by Penguin Books India. She has worked with The Caravan Magazine (New Delhi) and C. Hurst and Co. (Publishers) Ltd. (London) as an editorial intern, after completing her MA in Cultural Studies from SOAS, University of London.
NAMWALI SERPELL (English: Fiction)
Namwali Serpell was born in Zambia in 1980. Her first published story, “Muzungu,” was selected for the 2009 Best American Short Stories and shortlisted for the 2010 Caine Prize for African Writing, and in 2015 she won the Caine Prize for her story “The Sack”. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award in 2011 and is one of the Africa 39. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, n+1, McSweeney’s, Callaloo, and The Guardian. She is an associate professor at UC Berkeley.
PRATYAKSHA (Hindi: Fiction)
Pratyaksha has written three books of short stories in Hindi – Jungle Ka Jadoo Til Til, Pahar Dopahar Thumri, and Ek Din Marrakech – published by Bhartiya Gyanpeeth, HarperCollins and Adhar. An English Anthology, Rain song, from HarperCollins has been published in October 2014. Her English poems have been published in Pyrta, Kritya and Everyday Poets. Her poems have also been long listed for the RLP award 2013 and published in their anthology, The Unsettled Winter. She has won the Sonbhadra Katha Samman Award in 2011 for Jungle Ka jadoo Til Til. She won the Indo-Norwegian Prize “In Your Shoes” for her English story “That I Be A Gannet” in 2012. She has been awarded the Krishna Baldev Vaid fellowship for 2013.
PRIYANKA DUBEY (English: Non-fiction)
Priyanka Dubey is an independent journalist based out of New Delhi and has been published in Tehelka, Yahoo Originals and Hindustan Times. Her three essays on ‘Everyday Lives of Everyday Indian Women’ were recently published in a photo-book titled India-Women. She has won the Kurt Schork Award in International Journalism, the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Indian Journalism, the Red Ink Award for Excellence in Indian Journalism and the Press Council of India’s Award for Excellence in Investigative Journalism. She has been a 2014 finalist for the prestigious Thomson Foundation Young Journalist from the Developing World Award, and the 2013 finalist for the German Development Media Awards. She has won the Laadli Media Award for Best Gender Sensitive Writings three times.
SNIGDHA POONAM (English: Non-fiction)
Snigdha Poonam is a freelance writer based in Delhi. She has worked for the Caravan and the Hindu, and written for a number of publications including the New York Times, Guardian and Granta. She is working on a book about the new Indian small town life, to be published by Penguin in 2016.