POET SUMMARY


Linda Ashok is the 2017 Charles Wallace India Fellow in Creative Writing (Poetry) at the University of Chichester, UK. Her poems and reviews have appeared in several publications, online and in print, including The McNeese Review, Axolotl, Skylight 47, Vinyl, The Big Bridge Anthology of Contemporary Indian Poets, Mascara Literary Review, The Rumpus, Stirring – A Sundress Publication, Entropy and others. In 2014, Linda was invited to read and conduct poetry workshops by Poetry with Prakriti – the Hindu Lit for Life in Chennai, followed by an invitation to the 12th International Poetry Encounter by the University of Carabobo in Valencia. In Hyderabad, in 2014, Linda read her works at the Kavi Sangamam Poetry Festival and at the Sarojini Naidu Vanitha Mahavidyalaya, as their Guest of Honour, celebrating the 134th birthday of poet Sarojini Naidu. In 2015, Linda’s work was selected for a workshop with the poet Arthur Sze at the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, SF, US, and at PEN Prithvi, Mumbai. In 2016 and 2018, Linda was invited to read at the Kala Ghoda Festival of the Arts. Linda is the Founder/President of RædLeaf Foundation for Poetry & Allied Arts and sponsors the annual RL Poetry Award (since 2013). She is also the founding editor of the Best Indian Poetry (BIP).


Author of whorelight, 2012 | Amazon.com, Book Depository, Barnes & Noble, hawakal.com

Winner of the 2017 Charles Wallace India Trust fellowship in Creative Writing (poetry) at the University of Chichester, UK.


Publications (Online/print) 2018

Three Women | Contemporary Verses 2 (CV2) (Print)

Cruel Interventions and other poems | The Punch

End Means | Cultural Weekly

Killing Moths | Cultural Weekly

Tongue Tied | Cultural Weekly

We Two Women can Father a Child | The Common (Print)

When we talk about a Dead Dear, Promises We Make | Crab Orchard Review (Print)

2017

Becoming a Rice Pot | The Common

Glass Kids of Firozabad | Noble Gas Quarterly

Chandrani | Noble Gas Quarterly

2016

If Water is a Synonym for Women | Honest Ulsterman

The Number You are Dialing Doesn’t Exist | Skylight 47 (print)

Portrait of Guilt, A Hive Deep in the Bone, Ben Hickman Loves Birds | The McNeese Review (print)

To the Methodist | Entropy-Enclave

The Finishing Touch | Entropy-Enclave

The Craft of Belonging | Entropy-Enclave

Wood, Coal & Fire | Vinyl

We are not Guilty | About Place Journal

Letter to the Bunion Toed Man | Mascara Literary Review

Of Waters, Manners | Mascara Literary Review

2015

On his Second Marriage | Big Bridge Anthology of Contemporary Indian Poetry

Hard Water | Big Bridge Anthology of Contemporary Indian Poetry

Decomposing a Sonnet | Café Dissensus

The Voodoo Eye He Doodled on My Wound | Café Dissensus

A Detail in the Fire Escape | Jalada Africa, Language Anthology

Antarabhava | Axolotl (print)

The Colour of my Chin on your Shoulder | Axolotl (print)

I tell you no Jihad can change the course of river | Friends Journal

Ends are like Fruits | Kritya Journal

Her Lipstick Got Fungus, I don’t remember her Face | Kritya Journal

Hymn for the man by Periyar | Visual Verse

An Apology in My Fluorescent Pink Bra | Visual Verse

The Gun on your Lips | Visual Verse

Sketch of an Abandoned Journey | Visual Verse

A Thought Otherwise | Visual Verse

Lorem Ipsum | The Shot Glass Journal

2014

Dogs | Poetry Kanto

The Goosebumps on Rabbit’s Neck in Clear Wrap | CUNY Murphy Institute, Blog

The Whale in His Body Becomes Snow | Hark Magazine

The Caged Bird Sings | The Lake

For Maya (Angelou) | The Lake

Dark Snow | The Linnet’s Wings

Husk | The Thumbprint Magazine

Incinerate | The Thumbprint Magazine

Miscarriage | The Thumbprint Magazine

2013

Haiku , Annual Selection | Mainichi Daily, Japan


Anthologies

2017

Sahitya Akademi Modern English Poetry | Sahitya Akademi (upcoming)

2016

40 under 40- Poetry of Post-Globalization India | Poetrywala, India (ISBN 978-9382749448)

2015

Love without Borders | Nivasini Publisher

2014

Celebrating India | Nivasini Publisher

Bhasanagar | Ed. Subodh Sarkar, West Bengal

Epitaphs India | The Poetry Society of India

2013

World Haiku Anthology | World Haiku Association, Japan (ISBN 978-4-87944-203-1)


Books Reviewed

2016

Set the garden on Fire by Chen Chen | The Rumpus

UNION: 50 Years of Writing from Singapore and 15 Years of Drunken Boat Ed. Alvin Pang and Ravi Shankar | The Rumpus

2015

Deeds of Light by Hao Guang | The Entropy

What’s Pink and Shiny by Sarah Boyle | Sundress Publication

Kingdom and After by Megan Fernandez | The Rumpus

Habitation by Sam Hamill | The Rumpus

2014

A Strange Place other than Earlobes by 5 Malayali Poets | Café Dissensus

Secret Letters by j/j hastain | rlpoetry.org

A Detail in the Landscape by Sandy Marchetti | rlpoetry.org

Echo Location by Mani Rao | rlpoetry.org

Ten Thousand Waves by Wang Ping | rlpoetry.org


Readings/Recognition

2018

Featured at Words tell Stories | Mumbai

Book Talk (whorelight) | PEN, Mumbai

Building Literary Communities & Mini Mehfil | Kala Ghoda Festival of Arts, Mumbai, India

Le Sutra Poetry Festival | Mumbai

2017

Featured Readings at Paris Lit Up | Paris, France

Featured Readings at the University of Chichester | West Sussex, UK

2016

Hope Street Poets | Kala Ghoda Festival of Arts, Mumbai, India

November Rain | PEN, Mumbai

2015

And Still the Rise: Poetry by Women in India, Hyderabad | US Consulate of Hyderabad & RædLeaf Foundation for Poetry & Allied Arts

The Writer’s Carnival, Hyderabad | Nivasisni Publishers, Hyderabad

2014

Featured Poet at The Hindu Lit Fest 2014 | Prakriti Foundation

Apparao Gallery, Chennai with Alvin Pang | Prakriti Foundation

Alliance Francais, Chennai | Prakriti Foundation

British Council, Chennai | Prakriti Foundation

Guest of Honour at Sarojini Naidu Birth Centenary | Sarojini Naidu Maha Vidyalaya (University), Abids, AndhraPradesh

Guest of Honour & Chair at a Haiku Conference | SIES College of Science & Arts, Mumbai

Guest poet & Moderator of a Panel on Indian English Poetry |  Kavi Sangamam Poetry Festival, Golden Threshold, Abids, Andhra Pradesh


Workshops

2017

Thanking the Inanimate- 2 hours workshop for Malika’s Kitchen | The Poetry Society, London

2016

POETRY LAUNCHPAD: 2-day introductory poetry workshop for 50 hi-school students of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Jaipur, Rajasthan

2014

Kids Central, Chennai (4-8) Workshop on Haiku | The Hindu Lit Fest by Prakriti Foundation

MGR Janaki Women’s College, Chennai, Talk on Modern Poetry | The Hindu Lit Fest by Prakriti Foundation

SDNV Vaishnav College, Chennai, Talk on Placing Poetry First | The Hindu Lit Fest by Prakriti Foundation

Chettinad Hari Shree Vidyalayam, Chennai, Introduction to Poetry | The Hindu Lit Fest by Prakriti Foundation

2013

Beginner’s Introduction to Short Poetry Forms (All Classes) | Mosaica International

Beginner’s Introduction to Short Poetry Forms (All Classes) | The Delhi Public School


 Interviews/Mentions

2018

The New Indian Express: City of Bards: Eminent poets who settled down in Hyderabad

Scroll.in: Five newly published poets reveal new directions for Indian poetry in English

2017

The Asian Age: Bibliomania, Biblioboom: Best Books of 2017 by Sudeep Sen

Mid-Day: Poetic justice is here

The Hindu Business Line: Breathless Verses

The Citizen: Whorelight: The Prostitution of Light to Rescue Us From our Darkness

2016

Firstpost.com: Listen: From Mihir Vatsa to Linda Ashok, six poets under 40 recite their poems on post-globalization

Strong Letters: Interview with Linda Ashok

2015

Martini & More: Poetry Extracts Everything Leaving Me To My Flesh And Bones

The Literary Hub: #Actual AsianPoets; A celebration of Asian & American Poetry

The Hindu: Singing and celebrating the body and soul

The Hindu: Poetry readings and poetic evenings

The Hindu: Empowering Poetry

The Hindu: Every nanosecond is an experience

The New Indian Express: Raising Kids Right!

The New Indian Express: A hand on the meter of Hyderabad

2014

Voice of Tibet: Tibetan Poet-Activist Meets Chinese and Indian Poets

The Times of India: Playing with poetry


Community: RÆDLEAF FOUNDATION FOR POETRY & ALLIED ARTS 

Founder/President | Sponsors the annual RL Poetry Award (since 2013)

Publisher of RLFPA Editions (Award Winning manuscripts)

rlpoetry.org | thepoetrymail.com | Twitter | Facebook

2017

Judge & Sponsor the IIT Kharagpur’s Annual Springfest National Slam Poetry Competition. Jan 22-23

TRANSATLANTIC POETRY Reading with Robert Peake: Featuring Jennifer Robertson & Vinita Agrawal, facilitated on air by The Poetry Mail

2014

Poetry Peacemeal, bridging borders between Tibet and China, Readings by Wang Ping, Tenzin Tsundue and Linda Ashok at IIC Annex, New Delhi

Reading by Wang Ping, Chinese American Poet and Medha Patkar, River Activist at India International Centre, New Delhi

Reading by Tenzin Tsundue, Tibetan Activist and Poet at Our Sacred Space, Telangana

Reading by Mani Rao, Jennifer Robertson, Christopher Staudinger, Rochelle Potkar, Oliver St. John and Wang Ping at ITC Kakatiya, Telangana