Thou art fiction and unto fiction thou shalt return.


About the Author:

Rochelle Potkar is a fiction writer and poet, based in Mumbai.

| * | Her stories have appeared in Far Enough East, Sein und Werden, The Medulla Review, The Nassau Review, Women Writers, Writer’s Hub, Bewildering Stories, Cantaraville, Muse India, Marijuana Diaries, The Bangalore Review, Revenge Ink, Nivasini, Unisun, Triangulation, Lame Goat Publications, Annapurna magazine, Rollick Magazine, A taste of sea breeze anthology, Mind to keyboard anthology, Monsoon winds: stories from Goa.

| * | Her poems have appeared in The Brown Boat, The Finger Magazine, Haibun Today, The Bamboo Hut, A Hundred Gourds, Poems for the Road podcast (UK), Zo 2014 Poetry exposé, Bigbridge, Poetry India, bottle rocket, The Dhauli Review, The Freshwater Review, Veils, shackles & halos anthology, kritya, caesurae, 40 under 40 – Post-globalization poetry (Poetrywala), Muse India, and Women, Wit & Wisdom – International Multilingual Poetry Anthology of Women Poets, Authorpress.

| * | She conducted a fiction-, poetry-, and haibun-writing workshops at Hyderabad Writer’s Carnival, Lady Sriram College, American Consulate Library, Sikkim University, British Council Library, St. Xavier’s college, WRIMO India, VG Vaze college, Wilson college, and RBK International Academy. She has judged poetry slams at annual fests of St. Xavier’s college, Indian Institute of Technology, Powai, and National Institute of Design, Mumbai.

| * |  She has been on panel discussions of ‘Girl rising’ Nirmala Niketan College of social works, 2015, Mumbai; Child rights and realities in India, Iowa City Foreign Global Relation’s Council, Iowa city, Iowa’s IWP, 2015; Feminism with a little ‘f’’ – how feminism can be aligned through literature, Iowa city Public Library, Iowa’s IWP, 2015; Technology Makeover – of being a writer in today’s social media milieu, Iowa city Public Library, Iowa’s IWP, 2015; Ways to empower – ‘A Gun Metal Sky’ – on Women Empowerment, Taj Lands End, Bandra, 2016; Jaslok Hospital’s Breast Cancer Awareness event,  ‘BreastOber’ celebrating Cancerversary for breast cancer survivors, Oct 2016.

| * | Her haibun, poetry, and fiction were dramatically read and interpreted by veteran actors and dancers on stages: Global Express, and Space/Place theaters, Iowa and at the Portland Stage Company, Maine.

| * |  Her story nominations include a gold place for ‘The point of Irish coffee’, Revenge Ink; An editor’s choice award for ‘Ramayan redux’, Triangulation: Parch, USA; Symbols of a life, longlisted at Hourglass Literary Magazine Story award, 2016 and Shortlisted at the Breakwater Fiction contest, 2016; Salad, shortlisted in the Goan Short Stories Competition 2015 Anthology by Fundação Oriente; The leaves of the deodar, was a winner of the Open Road Review 2016 competition.

| * | Her poetry nominations include Knotted inside me, shortlisted at the RL Poetry India Award 2013; Swing wins a second prize at The Wordweaver’s contest 2014; Airport diaries, shortlisted at the Hourglass Literary Magazine poetry award, 2016; Gathering and Marital Triptych, longlisted at the Hourglass Literary Magazine poetry award, 2016.

   Reading poetry at Vikroli Skin, The Godrej India Culture Lab, Mumbai 2013

| * | She has read her poetry at Kalaghoda Arts Festival – Hope street poetry, 2009 & 2015, Holding up Half the Sky-100Thousand Poets for Change, Sept 2013; Mumbai Moulting: Erasures and a Palimpsest, Vikhroli Skin, Godrej India Culture Lab, Dec 2013; Ten Thousand Waves, Hyderabad, Oct 2014; PEN@Prithvi, Juhu, 2014; Poetry with Prakriti, Prakriti Foundation, Chennai, Dec 2014; Out Loud – Fringe Club & Orange Peel Street, Hong Kong, 2015; The American Library, U.S. Consulate General, Chennai, June 2015;‘Words tell Stories’, I Bar, Bandra, 2015; An afternoon of poetry, readings with Dr. Neal Hall, Our Sacred Space, Hyderabad, 2015; The Poetry Club (TPC), 2015; Book Festival, Iowa city, 2015; Goa Arts and Literary Festival (GALF), 2015 & 2016; Hyderabad Literary Festival (HLF), 2016; Poetry Couture; Hyderabad Carnival, and Sahitya Akademi’s ‘A Festival of readings’, Agartala, 2016.

| * | She is working on a novel and two collections of short stories.

| * | ‘Four Degrees of Separation’ is her first book of poetry, Paperwall, March 2016.

| * | She is the co-editor of Neesah Magazine, of Joao Roque Literary Journal, and the poetry editor at The Bombay Review.

| * | She narrated two true-life tales at Tall Tales, Kitab Mahal.

| * | She is a member of the Subject Board in English at KJ Somaiya College of Arts & Commerce, Mumbai, in the capacity of an industry expert to review and design the syllabi for the First Year undergraduate classes of arts and commerce.

| * | She was a writer-in-residence at The University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, Fall Residency 2015.

| * | She is the alumna of the University of East Anglia’s creative-writing workshop, Kolkata, 2016.


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