Dear Readers and Contributors,
We have always associated the poetry issue with variety. Metaphorically it is true, as the emotions are turned to words, they are as diverse as our imagination can fathom, connecting all of us across the vast planes of humanity. You must be wondering why is that we have trees on the cover page? The attempt is to showcase the ‘normal’ in all its variety. If the poet mentions death, it is a pertinent, everyday issue; ‘the normal’ and what makes it new is the perspective. Poetry exposes us to each other’s perspective of life so that this journey becomes much more understandable, humane and hopeful!!
In this special issue of poetry we have a very strong presence of the life and death issues, and it is hence proved that we just cannot help, is being philosophical. It has become a way of life!
A few among many surprises this time is the inclusion of a wonderful specimen of concrete poetry in ‘Wish of death’, lots of prayer and celebration of summer!
As always it was sheer joy reading, editing and shaping this issue!
Happy Reading and Sharing!
Dr. Mrudula Lakkaraju, Chief & Founding Editor
Anand Mahanand teaches English at the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. He has published four collections of poems in English and Odia. They include Outburts and The Whispering Groves. His poems have been anthologized and translated.
Ansulika Paul is a lecturer, poet, writer, orator and a research Scholar. She has few short stories, book reviews and poems to her credit.
Anup Baul is a Research Scholar at NIT, Silchar perusing his PhD in English Literature, With an MA (Eng), BEd, BLISc. , He started his teaching profession in various Schools and colleges and has a rich experience in teaching for 8 years.
Dr. V. Anuradha, is an associate Professor of English in Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology, Hyderabad, working since its inception (1998). She is also interested in Psychology, Philosophy, Astrology, Human values, Ethics and Morals besides Language teaching.
Kripashanker Arya is MA in English, has an avid interest in Psychological Approach to Literature. Presently he is working as an Assistant Audit Officer at the Office of the Accountant General, Bengaluru. He pens poetry and short stories as well.
Dr. G. Chenna Reddy is working at the Department of English, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Nagarjuna Nagar, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Christina Dhanasekaran is a professor of English at Madras Christian College, Chennai. She loves scribbling free verse and is passionate about all forms of poetry.
Dr. Jayshree Singh, is the Lecturer in Selection Grade, Dept. Of English, Bhupal Nobles Post-Graduate College Udaipur (Rajasthan), India Publications consists of four books and more than fifty papers. As MLSU, Udaipur Ph.D. Supervisor six Research Scholars are registered with me and two theses of scholar awaiting to be awarded.
Jyoti Patrikar is a Lecturer in Communication Skills at BSF Polytechnic, Tekanpur, Gwalior, India.
Dr. Kajal Srivastava is currently an Assistant Professor at Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow Campus. She’s a faculty for Business Communication. Furthermore, she has been in the education sector since 2005.
Prof (Dr) Kum Kum Ray is an Educational Activist with more than thirty five years of teaching experience at all levels and is one of the Founding Directors of Amity University Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow Campus.
Dr. Umamaheswara Rao Bontha is currently working in the English Language Unit of Dhofar University’s Foundation Program, where he is the placement test coordinator and English Level 3 coordinator. With special interests in ELT and action research, he has co-authored English Language textbooks for government junior colleges in Andhra Pradesh, India.
Dr. Mallika Tripathi is currently an Assoc. Professor & Head, Dept. of Humanities at FGIET, Raebareli. With an extensive experience of 13 year in the field of education and training she has succeeded in carving a niche in the professional world.
Neharika Baswa, has been a creative writer right from the age of 9. At the age of 9, she won a cash bursary award for creative writing from the Swinburne University and at the age of 11, she won the bronze award in the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Writing Competition. Her creative endeavour matches her lively spirit at school where she enjoys creating many works of short stories, poems, skits, speeches, conversations and essays.
Chowdhury Omar Sharif is a Senior Lecturer in the department of English at East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. My areas of interest are Diaspora Literature, Gender Studies, Postcolonial Literature and Postmodernism.
Dr. Pavan Kumar Barelia is an Assistant Professor of English at the Department of English VijayaRaje Govt Girls P.G.College, Morar, Gwalior. His areas of interest are Romantic Age poetry, twentieth century American Poetry and literary criticism and theory.
Dr. Pratima Chaitanya is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, MBP PG Government College, Lucknow. She has published several research papers in national and international journals. She also has a few books and an anthology published.
Marupakula Praveena, assistant professor of English, working at government degree college, patancheru. She has 18 years of teaching experience at UG level and the master trainer in learner centered methods, certified by CCE and US state department.
Vangala Ravinder, a poet, author and a research scholar, has been working as an Asst. Professor in the Dept of English at KITS Engineering College, Warangal. He has total 37 poems of his credit.
Rimni Chakravarty is an Asst. Professor in English, Siliguri Institute of Technology, post graduated in English Literature from the University of North Bengal. Darjeeling interested in art, literature and Music
Dr. Shikha Saxena is working as Head and Associate Prof .in English Dept. at MAIT (Delhi). She is a poet, a short story writer and ELT expert. She has published several papers on language and literature.
Dr. Anumula Sreedevi is an Assistant Professor of English at Osmania University, Hyderabad. She specializes in American and African American literature, especially that of the Harlem Renaissance period. She is a post – doctoral research fellow at the O U C I P. She published 10 articles in various journals and 9 Telugu short stories in various magazines.