Press Kit: bio note, author pictures
Bio note –
Fictionist | Poet | Screenwriter
Rochelle Potkar is an alumna of Iowa’s International Writing Program (2015) and a Charles Wallace Writer’s fellow, University of Stirling (2017). She is the author of Four Degrees of Separation and Paper Asylum – shortlisted for the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2020.
Her poetry film Skirt showcased on Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland. Her poetry readings also feature on Disney+ Hotsar/ Shorts-English. Her poems To Daraza won the 2018 Norton Girault Literary Prize UK, and The girl from Lal Bazaar was shortlisted at the Gregory O’ Donoghue International Poetry Prize, 2018. As a critic, her reviews have appeared in Wasafiri, Sahitya Akademi’s Indian Literature, Asian Cha, and Chandrabhaga. Widely-anthologized, she has read her poetry in India, Bali, Iowa, Macao, Stirling, Glasgow, Hongkong, Ukraine, Hungary, Bangladesh, Dubai, and the Gold Coast, Australia. Her writings have been translated into Arabic, Hungarian, French, Spanish, Hindi, Marathi, and German.
Her short story collection Bombay Hangovers released in 2021. Co-author of The Coordinates of Us/ सर्व अंशांतून आपण – a bilingual cross-translation of English/Marathi poetry.
She won the Pocketwala-Cinestaan Web Series Idea Contest 2021 for ‘Anthology of Bombay Stories: slice-of-life’. Her first screenplay ‘A Brown coat’ was a quarter-finalist at the Atlanta Film Festival Screenwriting competition 2020. Outreach-wise, she is an industry expert on syllabi boards (English Lit.) of two top Mumbai universities. She was invited twice as a creative-writing mentor to Iowa’s prestigious International Writing Programs, Summer Institute 2019 and Between the Lines 2022. She conducts regular haiku/haibun/free verse workshops with the Himalayan Writing Retreat. https://rochellepotkar.com.
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Fictionist | Poet | Critic | Curator | Editor | Translator | Screenwriter
Her poetry film Skirt features on Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland.
Paper Asylum was shortlisted for the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2020.
Bombay Hangovers, her short story collection has released and is available via Amazon worldwide.
Her screenplay A Brown coat was shortlisted at the Atlanta Film Festival Screenwriting competition 2020.
The Coordinates of Us/ सर्व अंशांतून आपण – co-author of cross-translations of English/Marathi poetry.
The Norton Girault Literary Prize in poetry UK, 2018, winner for To Daraza.
The Gregory O’ Donoghue International Poetry Prize Ireland, 2018, shortlist for The girl from Lal Bazar.
Asian Cha’s Auditory Cortex, 2018, honorable mention for Place.
The Great Indian Poetry Contest, 2018, first runner up for War Specials.
Hongkong’s Proverse Poetry Prize (single poems) 2018 Anthology space for Amber.
Her poetry film Skirt was showcased on Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland.
Her unpublished poetry manuscript The Inglorious Coins of the Counting House was longlisted at the Eyewear Publishing, Beverly Prize Poetry Book Award UK 2019, and shortlisted at the 2nd Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize 2019, NY.
Short story nominations:
Open Road Review, 2016, winner for The leaves of the deodar.
The Best of Asian Short Stories, Kitaab International, 2018, selection for Chit Mahal (The Enclave).
The Best of Asian Speculative Short Stories, Kitaab International, 2018, selection for Eternal Swirl.
The DISQUIET International Literary prize, Lisbon, 2019, notable entry for Parfum.
Author picture gallery –
For the following pictures, please credit Thomas Langdon.
For the following pictures, please credit Suhit Kelkar.