New updates on 7 Cha contributors: Astha Gupta, Rumjhum Biswas, Ira Sukrungruang, Berit Ellingsen, Sumana Roy and Luisa A. Igloria

Astha Gupta and Rumjhum Biswas

Astha Gupta’s poem “Breathprints” (p. 33) is published in the May-June issue of Reading Hour, a highly respected print magazine in India. Astha’s poem is also the only one featured in the web sample preview of the issue. Also in the same issue is Rumjhum Biswas‘s story “Feral” (p. 27). 
|| Astha Gupta’s poetry was published in Issue #12 of Cha. 
|| See Rumjhum Biswas’s Cha profile. 


Astha Gupta

Astha Gupta’s story “Diffusing Light” has recently been anthologised in a compilation of stories inspired by Rabindranath Tagore. The book is published in British Council and you can learn more about it here. and see a complete list of contributors.
|| Astha Gupta’s poetry was published in Issue #12 of Cha. 


Ira Sukrungruang

Ira Sukrungruang’s poem “Dexatrim: An Autobiography” and an Q&A with Ira are now available in Prime Number. Read everything here
|| Ira Sukrungruang’s poetry has been published in issue #9 of Cha.  


Berit Ellingsen

Berit Ellingsen‘s story “Person Ore Heart” is now available in Everyday Genius. It begins with this sentence: “For this story you must believe that the mind is imprisoned inside the body, that the body is separate from the rest of the world, and that the mind’s thoughts make up a whole personality.”
|| Read Berit Ellingsen’s Cha profile.

Sumana Roy

Sumana Roy’s new poem “Long Distance Relationship” is now published in Livemint. The poem will make you reflect on your own relationships. 
|| See Sumana Roy’s Cha profile.


Luisa A. Igloria
Luisa Igloria‘s poem “Cuauhtemoc” (p. 247) is published in the latest issue of POETRY. You can read the poem here
|| Luisa A. Igloria’s poetry was published in issue #2 and issue #8 of Cha


New updates on 5 Cha contributors: W.F. Lantry, Ricky Garni, Vaughan Rapatahana, Berit Ellingsen and Shivani Sivagurunathan

W.F. Lantry

Two stories by W.F. Lantry are now featured in Curly Red Stories. Read “Reason for Being” and “Desire” and if you like them, leave a comment. 
|| Read W.F. Lantry’s Cha profile. 


Ricky Garni

Ricky Garni’s poem “Seven Old Ladies” is published in the second issue of A Baker’s Dozen (you need to scroll down to read the piece). Is it a good idea to take blood pressure medicine? Can you think of any good medicine? Maybe Ricky can answer the second question in his next poem.

|| Ricky Garni’s poetry was published in Issue #16 of Cha. 

Vaughan Rapatahana

Vaughan Rapatahana’s book Philosophical (a)Musings: Colin Wilson, Me + the Meaning of Life is now available. This is a collection of Vaughan’s reviews of books by Colin Wilson, author of the seminal The Outsider (1956) and England’s leading Existentialist philosopher, as well as his extrapolations from the ideas of Wilson into the realms of original metaphysical philosophy.  
|| Vaughan Rapatahana’s poetry was published in Issue #8 of Cha.

Berit Ellingsen
Berit Ellingsen‘s story “Thaumiel’s Ears” is included in the first issue of Cutaway Magazine. Learn more about this publication here.
|| Read Berit Ellingsen’s Cha profile.

Shivani Sivagurunathan
Shivani Sivagurunathan‘s poem “Day at the Mosque” is now published in Construction Magazine. It has this haunting line: ‘Who can say that the time is coming, has come, or is here?’
|| Shivani Sivagurunathan’s stories were published in Issue #13 and Issue #15 of Cha and her poetry was published in Issue #16 of the journal. 


Nicolette Wong, W.F. Lantry and Berit Ellingsen in Lost in Thought

The second issue of Lost in Thought is now available and it features works by Cha contributors Nicolette Wong, W.F. Lantry and Berit Ellingsen. Read Nicolette’s “Throw” (p. 74), Bill’s “Convention” (p. 66) and Berit’s “The Sparrows” (p. 62) in the new issue

Cha – Call for Submissions – Issue #18 (September 2012)


due out in September 2012.
Cha: An Asian Literary Journal is now calling for submissions for its September 2012 issue (Issue # 18).

Please send in (preferably Asian-themed) poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, reviews, photography & art for consideration. Submission guidelines can be found here. Deadline: 15 June, 2012.

Former contributors Ivy Alvarez (poetry) and Berit Ellingsen (prose) will act as guest editors and read the submissions with co-editors Tammy Ho and Jeff Zroback. Please contact Reviews Editor Eddie Tay at if you want to review a book or have a book reviewed in the journal.

If you have any questions, please feel free to write to any of the Cha staff at
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Interview with Berit Ellingsen at Pachydermini books


An interview with Berit Ellingsen about her story “What Girls Really Think” is now available at Pachydermini books. The Pachydermini books is “a series of miniature books (2.5” x 3”) which features stories 300-700 words long each in their very own book. They are released periodically in packs of four.” Berit’s “What Girls Really Think” is amongst their latest release. Learn more about Pachydermini books here.

Read Berit Ellingsen’s Cha profile.