Sangam House



Season 8

AKANBI ALBERT AFESO (English: Fiction)
Akanbi Albert Afeso is an award winning Nigerian novelist, community worker, and public speaker. His story “That Sunday Afternoon” won the WordMaster Writers’ Challenge contest in 2015, and his novels Cold Black Night, November 5 and Thankless were all released to national acclaim.
Anne-Marie Kenessey is a Swiss poet based in Zurich. Her poems have been published in literary magazines and anthologies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Her first book, the poetry collection Im Fossil versteckt sich das Seepferd vor dir, received the award of the Canton of Zurich in July 2012. She won the Munich poetry prize in December 2012 with a selection of new poems.
ANU SINGH CHOUDHARY (Hindi: Fiction, Non-Fiction)
Anu Singh Choudhary is a communications consultant and documentary filmmaker. Her debut collection of short stories Neela Scarf was a bestseller, and her non-fiction book Mamma ki Diary is believed to be the first of its kind in Hindi. She has made six documentaries so far. Anu also writes for national dailies on child rights and gender.
CAROLINE BROTHERS (English: Fiction)
Caroline Brothers is working on her second novel, The Memory Stones, which is set in Argentina and Greece. To be published by Bloomsbury, it continues her exploration of displacement and identity that began in her first novel, Hinterland. Born in Australia, she studied history in Britain before training as a foreign correspondent, and currently lives in Paris.
EMILY HOLLEMAN (English: Fiction)
Emily Holleman is a Brooklyn-based writer. She is currently working on a quartet of historical novels that reimagines the saga of Cleopatra from the perspective of her younger sister, Arsinoe. The first of these, Cleopatra’s Shadows, was published by Little, Brown in October 2015.
GILES HAZELGROVE (English: Fiction)
Giles Hazelgrove is British and fifty. He lives in London and La Creuse, France. After a career in design and property renovation, he wrote his first novel, Confluence, as part of the City University MA in Creative Writing. He was awarded a distinction, and the novel was shortlisted for the Peters Fraser and Dunlop CityNovel prize.
HENRIETTE LUND (Danish: Poetry)
Henriette Lund lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. She has published a collection of poems and has another one ready for release. She is currently working on a novel. She has a master’s degree in language and history from Roskilde University, Denmark.
JINHEE PARK (Korean: Drama)
Jinhee Park actively works on convergence in performing arts theatre, both as a playwright and as a filmmaker. Her work is based on the tales and myths of Korea. She also wrote the screenplay for the film Shiva, Throw Your Life (2013) – the first South Korean film set in India.
JOÃO TORDO (Portuguese: Fiction)
João Tordo lives in Lisbon and studied in London and New York. In 2009, he won the prestigious José Saramago Literary Prize with the novel As Três Vidas. Biografia Involuntária dos Amantes (2014) was awarded Best Novel at the Portuguese Author’s Society. He has also received the GQ 2014 award for Literature in Portugal. He has published eight novels. His latest, O Luto de Elias Gro (Mourning Elias Gro) came out in 2015.
MEHAK SIDDIQUI (English: Fiction)
Mehak Siddiqui is a freelance writer and blogger based in Ahmedabad, India. Her work has appeared in a number of major Indian magazines. She has a Masters in Communication from the University of Hyderabad, and is currently working on her first novel.
N. SUKUMARAN (Tamil: Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction)
N. Sukumaran is a poet, translator, and media person. He has published 30 books which consist of collection of poems, a compilation of articles, translations from Malayalam and through English, and a novel.
NAGAVENI (Kannada: Fiction)
Nagaveni is well known for her short stories and a critically acclaimed novel called Gandhi Banda (literally translated as Gandhi Arrived). This novel has also been made into a play and performed across the state. The recipient of many awards, Nagaveni works at the Kannada University in Hampi.
NAKUL KRISHNA (English: Non-Fiction)
Nakul Krishna’s writing has appeared in Caravan, Pratilipi, the Indian Express, n+1 and other publications. He is working on an academic monograph about Socrates and an intellectual history of mid-20th-century Mysore.
NEAL HALL (English: Poetry)
Neal Hall, M.D. is an award winning internationally acclaimed poet and author of four volumes of works: Nigger For Life, Winter’s A’ Coming Still, the forthcoming Where Do I Sit, and Appalling Silence, with selections of his work translated into Telugu and Urdu.
PER BLOCH (Danish: Poetry, Fiction, Music)
Per Bloch is a musician, writer and performance artist from Denmark, who works across media and genres. His CD-book Kollektion consists of photography, poetry, short stories and a music CD. In his second album, Mezzosphere, he mixes electronic, classical and rhythmic sounds and musicians. Forthcoming is his new album, Babel, with 7 love songs in 7 languages. Simultaneously he writing a new novel.
RIHAN NAJIB (English: Fiction)
Rihan Najib is a freelance writer and editor. Previously, she was with the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore. Before that, she was with the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. She was shortlisted for the Toto Award for Creative Writing in 2014.
SASKYA JAIN (English: Fiction)
Saskya Jain’s first novel, Fire Under Ash, was published with Random House India in 2014 and shortlisted for the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize. Her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous journals and magazines. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Boston University, where she received the Florence Engel Randall Award and the Robert Pinsky Global Fellowship. She lives in New Delhi and Berlin, and is currently working on her second novel.
SIMAR PREET KAUR (English: Fiction)
Simar Preet Kaur has worked as the editor of the airline magazine, JetWings. Her writing has appeared in a diverse range of publications, including National Geographic Traveler, COLORS, Rolling Stone and Papercuts. She is now working on her first book – a fiction set in the Himalayas.
TASHAN MEHTA (English: Fiction)
Tashan Mehta completed her MPhil in Literature from the University of Cambridge before returning to Mumbai to work as a freelance writer. Her short stories have appeared in magazines such as Out of Print and Notes. She has just finished her first novel, In Between, and is currently working on her second.
UTTARAN DAS GUPTA (English: Fiction, Poetry)
Uttaran Das Gupta was born in Calcutta, India, and read English at Jadavpur University. His poems and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Reading Hour, Magnapoets, Raedleaf, Fulcrum, Open Road Review, The Sunflower Collective and Indian Literature, and have been translated into Bengali and Telugu. Also an amateur actor, he has written the award-nominated play, Murder and Create. He is a journalist with Business Standard, New Delhi.