About

MeghaAuthor

I’m a mother of a smart and energetic ten-year-old. I started expressing myself creatively since 2017. Since then I have been continuously inspired by events in my life which have helped me in penning my thoughts.

I’m an avid reader, loves to sing, an ardent lover of poetry, and sometimes can scribble a few lines too. I love to dance in the rain, have an undying love for nature, and can watch the beautiful sunset for hours.

I have worked in the IT field for almost a decade as a manager, worked crazy hours, and traveled around the world. In that busy schedule, I never got the time to creatively express my thoughts. Now every time I finish a poem, free verse anything it fills me with so much happiness and excitement and a feeling to have created something of my own.

Here is my listing as a poet in the Directory of Poets and Writers ( Pw.Org)

Certificate of Excellence by the Office of Mayor, Steven Fulop for the Walk_Bye Exhibit displayed outside the City Hall, Jersey City.

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Biography

Megha Sood is a New Jersey-based Pushcart Nominated Award-winning poet, editor, author,and blogger. She earned her Postgraduate Degree in Computer Application (M.C.A)and Bachelors in Computer Sciences (B.Sc.) from India. She is an Assistant Poetry Editor for the UK-based Arts and Literary Journal MookyChick, Literary Partner in the “Life in Quarantine” Project by Stanford University, USA, and Associate Editor with Literary Journal “Life and Legends”. She is the author of a chapbook (“A Potpourri of Emotions”, Local Gems Press, NY). Chapbook ( “My Body is Not An Apology”, Finishing Line Press, 2021) and Full Length ( “My Body Lives Like a Threat”, Flower Song Press,2021).She co-edited anthologies (The Medusa Project”, Mookychick) and ( “The Kali Project”, Indie Blu(e) Press).

Her 600+ works have been featured internationally in literary journals, magazines, anthologies, newspapers, podcasts like Rising Phoenix Review, SONKU, Better than Starbucks, Poetry Society of New York, WNYC Studios, HUDSON Reporter, LILIPOH, PBS American Portrait, Kissing Dynamite, Adelaide Awards Anthology, American Writers Review, Dime show review, Rainbow Project among others where she received her Pushcart 2020 Nomination. She is also a recipient of 2021 Poet Fellowship from Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing ( MVICW).

Her literary partnership “Life in Quarantine” with Stanford University has been presented in the Open Education Global Forum 2020 and received mention in Stanford Daily. Her sonnet publication with Poetry Society of New York has been accepted as a Summer Reading curriculum in University High School, Indiana, USA.  She also has been featured on the PBS American Portrait. Her works has also been selected in the literary publication of various US universities like (Temple University, Philadelphia), Stanford University, University of Albany, Kent State University, Chicago University and Arkansas University. Her poem “Surreal” has been performed in the WildSound Festival,LA by Hollywoood Actress Careena Cojeen. Her poem “Survival is an Art”, Finalist in the Pangolin Poetry Contest 2019,has been read and performed by award winning UK based singer Tally Koren.

Megha is a Three-time NAMI NJ State Level Poetry Contest 2018/2019/2020 winner and National Level Spring Robinson Lit Prize 2020 winner. Shortlisted in Pangolin Poetry Prize 2019(USA),Adelaide Literary Award 2020 (USA), Erbacce Prize 2020(UK), iWomanGlobalAwards 2020(India),TWIBB Beyond Black Sakhi Awards 2020(USA), Poetry Super Highway 2020(USA).Nominated for “Publication of the Month” and “Author of the Year 2020” by Spillwords Press Awards 2021,NYC.

Her works have been selected numerous times by the Jersey City Writers Group and the Department of Cultural Affairs for the Arts House Festival. Chosen twice as the international panelist for the Jersey City Theater Center Online Series “Voices Around the World”. and “The Box : Reinvention 2021”. 

She has been a featured poet in Oceanside Library Poetry reading 2020 , NY alongside Brooklyn Poet Laureate and Fellow of Academy of American Poets Maria Lisella. She was also a Featured Poet in Brown Stone Poetry Reading 2020 along side LA Based Joshua Corwin and Chad Parenteau. Her Forthcoming events include the Historical Nuyorican Cafe ( April 10,2021) in NYC and a featured poet along side Alora Young ( Youth Poet Laureate of Nashville) and Sophia Falco in the event “Women in Poetry’s Future” managed by WNBA-DC ( Women’s National Book Association”, DC Chapter) on April 20,2021.

Anthologies featuring her works have been mentioned in the Huffington Post and showcased in the Poets House, Manhattan as part of the summer reading 2019. Anthology (“SMITTEN” , Indi(e) Blue Press) has been a Finalist in the Indie Excellence Awards 2020. She was also part of the community poem “Just Breathe”curated by Former Jersey City Poet Laureate Rashad Wright and produced by Arts House Productions featuring 44 poets of Jersey city alongside Mayor Steven Fulop and the councilmen and councilwomen.

Her poem “Angels in Blue”written as an ode to the medical workers during COVID-19 also shares the space with the poem written by the President of Ireland Uachtarán na hÉireann Michael D. Higgins in the literary journal Pendemic.

Through her literary partnership with the Stanford University she was able to curate the works of Richard Blanco,US Presidential Inaugural Poet during President Barack Obama second term.  Her debut print anthology  as an editor (“The Kali Project, Indie Blue Press)  has garnered enough attention in the media and other outlets. You can learn more about it here.

Anthology “Earth: A Place Worth Fighting For”, featuring her poem, curated by the UK based Staffordshire Poet Laureate, Mel Wardle Woodend has received a letter of thanks from the British Legend Sir David Attenborough.

Roles and Responsibilities

 Books and Editing Projects

Co-Edited  Anthologies (“The Medusa Project” , MookyChick, UK ) and ( The Kali Project, Indie Blu(e) Publishing,US).

“The Kali Project”, Invoking the Goddess Within, Indian Women’s Voices by Indie Blu(e) Publishing, Edited by Candice Louisa Daquin and Megha Sood

The Kali Project has brought together the voices of 200+ Indian women speaking their truths. Be it infanticide, family violence, the emerging LGBTQ community in India, or the marital inequity Indian women face, these struggles are penned in exquisite poetry to enlighten and bring awareness. You can know more about the project here.

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The Medusa Project, A Feminist Anthology by MookyChick

“The Medusa Project” drives inspiration from the magical winged warrior and a Greek Gorgon  “Medusa” who rose above all the struggles, atrocities, and abuse in her patriarchal society and carved a niche for her, finally becoming a beacon of strength and resilience for generations to come. This anthology celebrates the 100 years of the woman suffragist movement in the United State which led to the 19th amendment of the US contribution allowing women to vote.

This anthology is a deep exposition of that pain and angst carried by the women for generations. It encapsulates the entire angst, rage, and passion and transforms it into thirty poems, mixed with art, poetry, fiction, and the magical rituals spreading throughout this e-book. Released on October 31, 2020, this e-book is free to download. You can know more about e-anthology here.

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First Chapbook “A Potpourri of Emotions” by Local Gems Press, Long Island,New York

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First Full Length Poetry Collection ” My Body Lives Like a Threat” by Flower Song Press,2021

https://www.flowersongpress.com/forthcoming-author-gallery ( Proud to share the author space with US Poet Laureate Emeritus and Chancellor of Academy of American Poets , Juan Felipe Harerra)

A deep exposition of gender and color-based discrimination, reproductive rights violations, body politics, and impact of a toxic political environment on the country and its people.

First Chapbook ” My Body is Not an Apology” by Finishing Line Press, Oct 2021

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Open for Preorders : https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/my-body-is-not-an-apology-by-megha-sood/

My chapbook is a true reflection of the feminist soul that I carry. All the poems in the collection are centered around body politics and its development. My poems are a deep exposition of gender-based discrimination, sexual and reproductive rights violations that references my experience emanating from gender-based bias and proliferation of hate speech against women. These poems are not only the reflection of blatant violation of body rights but also address the human rights violation in today’s toxic political environment as a whole. This chapbook highlights my journey, gives it a voice, and strengthens the fact that how the body is so central yet it remains invisible and still acts as a threat.

Published Works

My 600+ works have been featured in  Rising Phoenix Review, WNYC, Poetry Society of New York, North of Oxford,LILIPOH, SONKU Collective, American Writers Review, Better than Starbucks,521 Magazine, KOAN ( Paragon Press), Dime Show Review, Little Rose Magazine, Visitant Lit, Quail Bell, American Writers Review, Pendemic, Dream Noir Magazine, The Writer’s Cafe Magazine, The Quiet Corner, Poets Corner, Modern poetry, Spill words, FVR Publishing, Sudden denouement Publishing, Indian periodicals, Literary heist, Ariel Chart, Modern Literature, Fourth and Sycamore, Life in 10 minutes, Piker Press, Poethead, Former People Magazine, Cavalcade of Stars, The Stray Branch, Poetic Diversity, Ofrendas Press, Mojave Heart Review, Nightingale and Sparrow, Treehouse Arts, Praxis Magazine, The Conclusion Magazine, Merak Magazine, Royal Rose Magazine, Night Music Journal, GoDogGoCafe, Whisper and the Roar, Duane Poetree, Visual Verse, Vita Brevis, Dream Noir, Mineral LitMag, Pendemic, and many more.

Anthologies featuring my works have been mentioned in the Huffington Post and showcased in the Poets House, Manhatten as part of the summer reading 2019.

Social Impact

To know more about my published works you can visit here

Anthology (Past and upcoming)

Year 2021

  • Black Life Matters, Subterranean Blue Poetry,2021
  • Ofrendas Magazine Issue 1, Ofrendas Press, 2021
  • Nursery Rhymes and Children Anthology, Anita Nahal and Dr Meenakshi Mohan, 2021
  • Earth, Fire, Water and Wind Anthology , Anita Nahal, 2021
  • International Writers Journal )Jan-Mar 2021
  • Assiduous Dust Poetry Anthology by Joshua Corwin, Spring 2021
  • Lockdown Literature Anthology, Culture Cult Press,2021
  • LILIPOH Magazine by Ellaraine Rockie , Jan 2021
  • “Home”, Anthology by SETU Magazine, Rajasthan Press, 2021
  • Anthology “Paws Healing the Earth”, River Paw Press, 2021
  • Fevers of Mind Annual Anthology, David O Lan, 2021
  • Anthology “But You Don’t Look Sick”, Indie Blue Press,2021
  • Anthology “Time to Wonder”, University of Chicago,2021
  • Poetry Quarterly, Winter Edition, Prolific Press,2021
  • Anthology by Third Eye Butterfly Press,2021
  • Transportation Anthology, Tarifi Press, South Africa, 2021
  • Vita Brevis Press Anthology, 2021
  • Earth : A Place Worth Fighting For Stafford Green Arts Festival Poetry Anthology 2021, Anthology by Staffordshire Poet Laureate Mel Wooded, 2021
  • Theme :Sex, Spectrum Publishing, 2021
  • It can’t Happen Here, MoonStone Arts Press, PA, 2021
  • Adelaide Awards Poetry Anthology 2021, Adelaide Press, NYC
  • Lessons from the Earth: An e-journal curated by Poet Laureate of Coburg
  • Featured as “Time of the Poet” , MIOMBO Publishing
  • Poetry and Interview featured in the exophinc journal ,Litehouse Jounal
  • Poetry Featured in the February Edition of “Word City” Monthly curated by Daricie Friesen Hossack
  • Poetry Showcase on the Fevers of the Mind Blog
  • Arcs Prose Poetry Anthology , Arcs Poetry Press, 2021
  • Anthology “But You Don’t Look Sick”, Indie Blue Press, 2021
  • Dovetales: Letters from Self to the World, USA, 2021
  • Boundless Anthology VIPF, Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival, 2021
  • Surviving the Suicide, Nirala Publicarions , 2021
  • Poetry Featured in the ezine  Arts and Literayr Journal ,Sarawati
  • Anthology ” Poetry on a Plate” , 2021
  • Poetry Featured in “Poetry and COVID” Poetry and COVID ( University of Plymouth) Arts and Humanaties Reasearch Council,UK Gov
  • Poetry featured in the Different Truths Journal
  • Poetry Featured in the Fasihi Magazine, Feb 2021
  • Anthology “Krishanashtak” , 2021
  • Poetry Published in the Necro Productions, 2021

Year 2020

Year 2018-2019

Book Reviews

Prizes and Awards

Year 2020

Year 2019-18

Interviews/Mentions

Events

Year 2021-20

Year 2019-18

Lastly, a million thanks to all who visit, like, or follow my tiny bits of creation.
Every time you do that, I get to know one more beautiful person in my life and get the chance to see their creation too.

Thanks again!!
Happy Poetry!!

Megha Sood

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