Sharmistha Mohanty (India) is the author of three works of prose, Book One, New Life, and Five Movements in Praise. Her work pushes the boundaries of fictional prose, moving it towards the prose poem. She is currently working on a book of poems, I Make New the Song Born of Old, as well as a book of prose. Her work has appeared in journals in the US, the UK, France, Germany, India and China. She is the founding editor of the online literature journal Almost Island and is the initiator of the Almost Island Dialogues series, an annual international writers’ meeting held in New Delhi. Mohanty was a participant at the Kochi Muziris Biennale 2016/17, Asia’s largest art show, where she created a poetry installation.
(India) Born in Ahmedabad in 1956. She is a graduate of the Writers' Workshop, University of Iowa and now lives in Germany with her husband and daughter. Carcanet publish her first five collections, Brunizem (Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize, Commonwealth Poetry Prize, 1988), Monkey Shadows (Poetry Book Society Recommendation, 1991), The Stinking Rose (1995), Augatora (Poetry Book Society Recommendation, 2000) and A Colour for Solitude (2002). Her poems have been widely anthologised and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. She received a Cholmondeley Award in 1991 and the Italian Tratti Poetry Prize in 2000.
(India) moved to the USA from India in 1993. Since then she has followed her primary passion – Poetry. Her first book of poems is titled ...Kali Dances, So Do I... (2000). She has been published in various US and India based journals. Her most significant contribution to the Arts is The Poetry Caravan. The Caravan provides free Poetry related activities, such as workshops and readings, to people who may be at a disadvantage to access opportunities. Her third collection of work is a CD of Sufi poems, on which she is accompanied by Steve Gorn, the internationally acclaimed flautist.