MEET THE STAGEHANDS
K. Srilata, a poet and fiction writer, is a Professor of English at IIT Madras, where she teaches Creative Writing and Poetry. She has been a writer-in-residence at the University of Stirling, Sangam house, and at the Yeonhui Art Space in Seoul. Srilata’s books include four poetry collections: Bookmarking the Oasis, Writing Octopus, Arriving Shortly, and Seablue Child; a novel, Table for Four, long-listed in 2009 for the Man Asian literary prize and published by Penguin; two co-edited anthologies The Rapids of a Great River: The Penguin Book of Tamil Poetry and Short Fiction from South India (OUP); a translation of R. Vatsala’s Tamil novel Once there was a girl; and a translation of women’s writing from the Self-Respect movement, The Other Half of the Coconut: Women Writing Self-Respect History (Zubaan).
Shobhana Kumar is the author of two collections of poetry, published by Writers Workshop, Kolkata, and six other books including biographies and industrial histories in South India. She has read at various literary festivals, including the inaugural Bengaluru Poetry Festival in 2016. In her everyday work, she runs a non-profit organization, Small differences, that works with the homeless, the elderly, and the transgender community. She also works with students in schools and colleges and facilitates workshops and special projects.
Shloka Shankar is a freelance writer and visual artist from Bangalore, India. She loves experimenting with all forms of the written word and has happily found her niche in Japanese short-forms, as well as remixed poetry alike. A Best of the Net nominee, her poems and artwork have appeared in numerous online and print venues. Shloka is the founding editor of Sonic Boom and one of the Assistant Editors of Human/Kind Journal. She co-edited naad anunaad: an anthology of contemporary world haiku (Vishwakarma Publications, Pune, India) in 2016.
GRIX (they/them) is an award-winning, Pushcart-nominated writer and artist. Their work focuses on disability, gender, and systems from a neurodiverse perspective. They are the Founding and Chief Editor of Human/Kind Journal and Press, and Associate Editor of Sonic Boom. GRIX is more of a cats, dogs, and unicorns person than a people person. Website: www.metagrix.com
Tuhin Bhowal, winner of The Great Indian Poetry Contest 2018 sponsored by the On Fire Cultural Movement, has had his poems and translations appear in City 7: A Journal of South Asian Literature, Bacopa Literary Review, mutiny!, Chaicopy, Red River, and elsewhere. He is currently the Poetry Editor for Bengaluru Review and Poetry Reader for Sonic Boom.
Geoff Pope has a Master of Arts degree in Literary Studies from The University of Iowa, where he was Associate Editor for the International Writing Program and studied in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop with Heather McHugh. He now works in the Seattle area, teaching English at Green River College and tutoring secondary school students online. Aside from editing dozens of book manuscripts, education articles, and training manuals, Geoff's poems have appeared in magazines, journals, and anthologies for over three decades.
Christine L. Villa
Christine L. Villa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. She was a dedicated math tutor for many years until she migrated to Sacramento, California in 2003. Here, she discovered her two great passions—writing children’s books and Japanese short-form poetry. Chrissi is an award-winning haiku and tanka poet and is also the founding editor of Frameless Sky, the first haiga, and tanka art video journal. If she is not busy writing, you can find her taking photographs, doing crafts, or playing the ukulele. Website: www.christinevilla.com
Rohan Kevin Broach
Rohan Kevin Broach is a final year, B.Tech CSE student from Delhi. He is a graphic designer, filmmaker, photographer, poet, and web-designer, among many other things. He loves to solve Rubik's cubes, make puns, and eat Biryani in his free time. He is also the co-founder of R NB Reel, a company which shoots films, music videos, documentaries, events, and photo shoots. Rohan is also a published haiku poet and has won prizes at various literary events.
Phil Openshaw is a photographer and visual artist from West Yorkshire, England. He works within a wide variety of media, including digital manipulation, audiovisual transformation, sound art, coding, calligraphy, music, print, painting, and asemic writing. Phil's photographic work includes a broad practice with themes including: urban spaces, transformation, the human impact on landscape and nature, the conflicting interests involved in organized urban development, the existing environments and population. His abstract pieces often include photography combined with drawn and abstract imagery.