New updates on 7 Cha contributors: Lyn Lifshin, Ricky Garni, Nabina Das, Anindita Sengupta, Sumana Roy, Nikesh Murali and Rumjhum Biswas

Lyn Lifshin and Ricky Garni

The April 2012 issue of Pirene’s Fountain is now available and Lyn Lifshin is one of the featured poets. Read her “Reading Song to a Sea Gull” and “I Think I Understand” as well as an interview with her. Ricky Garni‘s poem “Before You Go” is also featured in the new issue. Has he made you rethink your reaction to Rumi?
|| Lyn Lifshin’s poetry was published in issue 4 and issue 10 of Cha.
|| Ricky Garni’s poetry was published in Issue #16 of Cha. 


Nabina Das, Anindita Sengupta, Sumana Roy, Nikesh Murali and Rumjhum Biswas

The April 2012 issue of The Four Quarters Magazine, guest edited by Nabina Das (there is an editorial by Nabina), is now out! It features poetry by Anindita Sengupta (“How to Make a Cup”, “Grihapravesh”, “The Smell of Water”, pp. 9-10) and Sumana Roy (“Anger”, “Lunch”, pp. 38-39); creative non-fiction by Sumana Roy (“In the Chicken’s Neck”, pp. 57-63); and fiction by Nikesh Murali (“The Note”, p. 83) and Rumjhum Biswas (“Old Man Sitting on a South Kolkata Park Bench, Ruminating”, pp. 87-90).
Read the entire issue here.
|| Nabina Das’s poetry was published in Issue #10 of Cha.
|| Anindita Sengupta‘s poetry was published in issue #3 of Cha.
|| See Sumana Roy’s Cha profile.
|| Nikesh Murali’s fiction was published in issue #8 of Cha.
|| See Rumjhum Biswas’s Cha profile. 


New updates on 6 Cha contributors: Kristine Ong Muslim, Sridala Swami, Sumana Roy, Nabina Das, Anindita Sengupta and Ivy Alvarez

Kristine Ong Muslim

Kristine Ong Muslim‘s new collection of prose poetry and ekphrastic flash fiction We Bury the Landscape is now available for pre-ordering. Learn more about the book here
Kristine Ong Muslim’s poetry was published in issue #9 of Cha and her poem “Preface to a Pornographer’s Dirty Book” is discussed here.

Sridala Swami, Sumana Roy, Nabina Das and Anindita Sengupta

The Spring 2012 issue of pyrta is now live and several Cha contributors have new poetry in it. Read Sumana Roy’s “Marriage: Mirror”, Nabina Das’s “Shiva of the Shantytown” and Anindita Sengupta’s “The Eye of Horus. The poetry in this issue was guest edited by Sridala Swami, whose has written a lovely note.

|| Read Sumana Roy’s Cha profile.
|| Nabina Das’s poetry was published in Issue #10 of Cha.
|| Anindita Sengupta‘s poetry was published in issue #3 of Cha.
|| Sridala Swami‘s poem “moments before they take him away” was published in issue #3 of Cha and discussed on A Cup of Fine Tea. 

Ivy Alvarez

Read Ivy Alvarez’s poem “Seph” and an interview in the latest issue of Certain Circuits Magazine.

Read Ivy Alvarez’s Cha profile.  


Sridala Swami, Aditi Rao, Nabina Das and Anindita Sengupta in Muse India

Four Cha contributors have new works published in the new issue of Muse India.

||| Sridala Swami’s  “Twisitng”, “Today’s Featured Sorrow” and “Synaesthetic”
||| Aditi Rao’s “The International Mango Festival”, “Sometimes, When Prayers are Shouted from Rooftops, the Echoes are the Answers” and “Athazagoraphobia”
||| Nabina Das’s “Family Survey”, “A Song for the Bihu-Waisted-Sister”, “Her Love”, “I Am the Second Earth, But”, “In Spite of Our Bad Days’ Splits” and “All things become islands…”
||| Anindita Sengupta’s “Speaking in Tongues”, “The Vivid Stream” and “I Am Not Part of Your Language”

Cha contributors at Hyderabad Literary Festival 2010

Cha contributors Rumjhum Biswas, Anindita Sengupta and Sridala Swami will be appearing at the Hyderabad Literary Festival 2010, a 3-day multi-lingual event to be held in Hyderabad on Dec 10-12, 2010. Learn more about the festival here

The launch of Anindita Sengupta’s CITY OF WATER

This is a belated post but we want to congratulate Anindita on the publication and launch of City of Water!

Toto Funds the Arts
is pleased to invite you
to the launch of Anindita Sengupta’s first volume of poetry, City of Water,
where she will be ‘in conversation’ with poet/writer Sridala Swami

Venue: Crossword Bookstore, ACR Towers, Ground Floor, 32 Residency Road, Bangalore – 1
Date and time: Friday, 7 May 2010 at 6.30 pm

Anindita Sengupta‘s poetry has been published in several journals including Eclectica, Nth Position, Yellow Medicine Review, Origami Condom, Pratilipi, Cha: An Asian Journal, Kritya,and Muse India. It has also appeared in the anthologies Mosaic (Unisun, 2008), Not A Muse(Haven Books, 2009), and Poetry with Prakriti (Prakriti Foundation, 2010). In 2008, she received the Toto Funds the Arts Award for Creative Writing, annually given to two writers under thirty in India. In 2010, she was the Charles Wallace writer-in-residence at University of Kent in England. Sengupta, who lives in Bangalore, is also a freelance writer and journalist and has contributed articles to The Guardian (UK), The Hindu, Outlook Traveler and Bangalore Mirror. Her personal website is at

Sridala Swami’s poetry and fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in various journals including Chandrabhaga, Pratilipi, New Quest, Wasafiri, Asian Cha, Desilit and the Creative Writing Issue of The South Asian Review (28:3, 2007). Her work also features in The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (Bloodaxe, 2008); in the anthology, Not A Muse (Haven Books, 2009) and in First Proof: 4 (Penguin Books, 2009). Her book of poemsThe Reluctant Survivor was published in 2007.

“City of Water is remarkable for its supple language and tensile strength. Her images are sharp and there is integrity about the core of feeling that propels the poem. One cannot spot any weak moments either in terms of emotion or language….Anindita Sengupta never lets a poem run away with her. Like all good poets, she is original both in her way with words and her personal angle of vision.”
–– Keki Daruwalla in the Preface to City of Water

CHA contributors in Mascara Literary Review

  • Anindita Sengupta’s poetry was published in issue #3 of Cha.
  • Sushma Joshi’s fiction was published in issue #3 of Cha.
  • Ouyang Yu’s poetry was published in issue #4 of Cha.
  • Michelle Cahill’s poetry was published in issue #2 of Cha.


Cha excitedly announces the launch of Not A Muse. Not A Muse is edited by Viki Holmes (Cha contributor) and Kate Rogers and published by Haven Books.

The anthology includes poems by “over 100 sensational contributors from 24 countries including”. The following Cha contributors are featured in the long-awaited anthology: Agnes Lam (issue#2), Anindita Sengupta (issue#3), Kavita Jindal (issue#1), Louise Ho (issue#4), Luisa A Igloria (issue#2), Mani Rao (issue#1), Michelle Cahill (issue#2), Phoebe Tsang (issue#6), Sridala Swami (issue#3), Tammy Ho Lai-Ming (co-editor of Cha) and Viki Holmes (issue#3).
You can find more detail about the launch of Not A Muse on the Haven Books website and the the Man Kong International Literary Festival 2009 website.
If you are in Hong Kong, do join the launch party!