Projects, workshops, panel discussions

Poetry College

Poetry/Haibun workshops
With The Bombay Review
Hyderabad Writer’s Carnival
Lady Sriram College
American Consulate Library
Sikkim University
British Council Library
St. Xavier’s college
V.G. Vaze college
Wilson college
RBK International Academy

Poetry slam judges for:
St. Xavier’s college
Indian Institute of Technology, Powai
National Institute of Design, Mumbai
V.G. Vaze College, Thane

Panel discussions:
• ‘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, and to celebrate womanhood. I will participate in a panel discussion on Transformations: girl to woman – Upcoming, end October 2016.
• Launch of Project Eve, by Femina Magazine, 2017.



“The workshop was great. Thank you for being wonderful.
I think with any form of art it is important to know the rules and then decide which ones can/should be followed, bent, broken or completely disregarded. The workshop did exactly that for Haiku, Haibun and free verse. Not only did it take away the false, rigid notions we had regarding unfamiliar concepts, it also made me, at least, considerably less intimidated by them.
The session itself was liberating in a way. There were no wrong answers. You were extremely encouraging and patient as well as successful in creating a sort of safe space for all of us to just hear and learn to appreciate our own voices.”

Manasvi Narwani
St Pauls Institute of Communication Education (SPICE), Bandra


“It was such a joy to meet and converse with you in person.
Looking foward to invite you over to our campus asap.
The participants adored your discourse.”

Ashwini Kumar
Assistant Professor at Carmel College for Women, Nuvem


“Thank you so much for taking the time to do the mentoring workshop with students at CORO the other day. I would also like to thank you for painstakingly putting together the ppt despite your hectic schedule. The students thoroughly enjoyed this newfound experience and could relate to your ppt as it was fun, full of images and videos. Your easy demeanor and camaraderie struck a chord with the kids. Your attention to detail and simpler explanation of the debate format was simply great. It was truly an enriching experience.

Thank you again for doing this with us.”

Tejaswini, US Consulate Mumbai


“It was great. Really didn’t expect three hours of poetry to be so much fun.”

Gowtham Krishna, BITS Pilani, Goa


Getting mentored by you was the best thing that ever happened to me. Watching you edit haikus in was literal magic. I’m so grateful for everything. I hope you have an amazing year!

Cherene Aniyan
Summer Institute, Iowa 2019


Happy birthday to one of the best mentors I had the fortune of meeting @rochellepotkar
I wish I could have more of those mentor-seatings with you. Iowa gave very few of them. You’re a crazy wonderful talented poet btw! And I can’t help but realllly look up to you! 

Sandip Baidya
Summer Institute, Iowa 2019


Happy birthday, @rochellepotkar !! Your mentorship in person at IWP and over email after has been invaluable to me as a writer. It’s evident you care so much about students and about the craft of writing. You’re amazing!! It’s an honor to know you!!

Martina Litty,
Summer Institute, Iowa 2019

Rochelle’s workshop is like a get together of friends on a bright yellow Sunday morning brainstorming ideas and painting with words. She engages with us in crafting stories and poetry in the form of haiku and haibun, chiseling away the excess words, fine tuning words to enhance the inner meaning, encouraging fresh perspectives, guiding us with constructive criticism and marveling at the little wonders created in the process.
A truly enriching experience!

Sucheta Dutta
Bhau Daji Lad City Museum haibun workshop, Feb 2020