I’m a mother of a smart and energetic twelve-year-old. I started expressing myself creatively in 2017. Since then I have been continuously inspired by events in my life that have helped me in penning my thoughts. I’m an avid reader, love to sing, am 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 worldwide. I never got the time to creatively express my thoughts in that busy schedule. 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.
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Megha Sood is a multiple Pushcart/Best of Net nominated Award-Winning Poet, Editor, Author, and Literary Activist based in New Jersey, USA. She is an Associate Editor at MookyChick(UK), BrownStone Poets(USA), and Literary Partner in the project “Life in Quarantine” with Stanford University, USA. Advocacy Member of United Nations Association (UNS-USA Chapter). Her works have been widely anthologized in books, magazines, and journals, including Poetry Society of New York, New York Public Library zine, NPR, WNYC Studio, PBS American Portrait, American Writers Review, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Stanford Daily, Kissing Dynamite, Rising Phoenix Review, and many more.
Advocacy Member of United Nations Association- US Chapter (UNA-USA), Member of National League of American Pen Women ( NLAPW), Member of Women’s National Book Associations (WNBA) , and the 24-years-old NY-based The Artists Forum. She has been Poetry Judge for the 2020 SLAM Poetry competition, IITD (Institute of Information Technology-Delhi) Kaizen’21, 2021 State level NAMI NJ Poetry Contest, and 2023-2022 Judge for the Spoken Word Competition by NY based, The Artist Forum.
Author of Chapbook ( “My Body is Not an Apology”, Finishing Line Press, 2021) and Full Length (“My Body Lives Like a Threat”, FlowerSongPress,2022).Co-Editor of anthologies ( “The Medusa Project”, Mookychick) and (“The Kali Project, Indie Blu(e) Press). Her full-length has been a finalist in three national-level book awards (National Indie Excellence Book Awards, New York Book Festival, American Best Book Awards), featured in the 2022 Indo-American Literary Festival, and Semi-Finalist in “Shirley Holden Grant” by the 2021 National League of American Pen Women.
Recipient of Poet Fellowship 2021 MVICW (Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing), 2020 National Level Winner Spring Mahogany Lit Prize, and Four-Time State-level winner of NJ Poetry Contest. Recipient of “Certificate of Excellence” from Mayor, Stephen Fulop, Jersey City. New Jersey. Recipient of 2022 mini-grant for NorthEast Kundiman Group. Semi-Finalist in the Playa Flamingo writing residency at Costa Rica by Atmosphere Press.
Performing venues includes New York Poetry Festival, New York Society Library, Hoboken Library, Hoboken Historical Museum, Nuyorican Cafe, Hudson County Community College, In Full Color, BrownStone Poets, Walk_Bye, Oceanside Library, Jersey City Historic Apple Tree House, Arts House, Jersey City, Poetry Festival including “Anantha” by Samyukta Poetry, New York City Poetry Festival, Jersey City Poetry Festival, Newark Arts Festival, Culver Book Festival, Paterson Poetry Festival, Culver Book Festival, New Orleans Poetry Festival, Hartford Book Festival, FEMINEN Arts Turkey festival, SETU Women Poets Festival, Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA), Women’s National Book Association, When People Speak, When Women Speak and many more. Blogs at https://meghasworldsite.wordpress.com/.Tweets at @meghasood16.
Certificate of Excellence by the Office of Mayor, Steven Fulop for the Walk_Bye Exhibit displayed outside the City Hall, Jersey City.
Certificate for inclusion as a member in the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW)
Certificate Received from CESTA( Centre for Spatial and Textual Analysis), Stanford University, USA as Literary Partner in the LiQ ( Life in Quarantine) Project.
Megha Sood is a New Jersey-based Pushcart/Best of Net Nominated Award-winning poet, editor, author, blogger, and literary activist. She earned her Postgraduate Degree in Computer Application (M.C.A)and Bachelor 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 former 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). She is also the Associate Editor for the Brownstone Poets Anthology 2022 managed by Patricia Carragon.
Her debut editorial anthology The Medusa Project” has recently been selected as the digital payload to be sent to the moon in 2023 as part of the “Polaris” collection of the LunarCodex Project in collaboration with NASA/SpaceX and Astrobotics Technology. The curator and founder of the project, Dr. Samuel Peralta is responsible for sending the works of almost 6000+ creatives and one A. I was a part of the most expansive project to the moon vis three different lunar capsules.
“My Body Lives Like a Threat” has been chosen as a semifinalist for the “Shirley Holden Grant for Women Writers” by the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW). The book has also been a finalist in the 2022 NY Book Festival, American Book Awards, and National Indie Book Excellence Awards. The book was also featured in the coveted 2022 Indo-American Arts Council Literary Festival.
Her Chapbook ” My Body Is Not an Apology” was ranked at no5 in the Asian American Poetry on Amazon US in October 2021. She has been nominated numerous times for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. She is also a recipient of the 2021 Poet Fellowship from Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing ( MVICW).
She is also an advocacy member for the United Nations Associations-US Chapter(UNA-US). She is also a member of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) and the National League of American Pen Women. (NLAPW)
Her poetry was recently published in the December Newsletter “NOW” of FAO ( Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations) in honor of World Food Day 2021. In addition, for each poem submitted, 10 tree seedlings were purchased on the poet’s behalf by Ms. Rebecca Roach and planted around the world by the Eden Reforestation Projects which employs local stakeholders in areas impacted by deforestation and poverty. Almost 1200 seedlings were donated on behalf of the poets whose work was submitted to the project. Her poetry was published alongside Ellen Bass, Lauren Mukamal Camp, Ellihaj Pringle, and many more.
Her poem “Deciphering the Madness” was also broadcasted on WNYC-Studio Morning Edition as part of National Poetry Month in April 2022. Her co-edited anthology ” The Kali Project” also received a mention in the Dec edition of the Journal of Commonwealth Literature 2022. “The Kali Project” has been a finalist in the 15th Annual Indie Excellence Book Awards.
Her 850+ works have been featured internationally in literary journals, magazines, anthologies, newspapers, radio stations, and podcasts like Rising Phoenix Review, SONKU, National BEAT Poetry Foundation, Better than Starbucks, Poetry Society of New York,PW.org, Broadway World, New York Public Library(NYPL), WNYC Studios, BlogTalkRadio Show WOW(Wow of Women) Podcast, Pandora Peoples RadioShow on 92.1 FM, New Provincetown, MA and 93.1 FM New Orleans, USA. HUDSON Reporter, NJ.COM/Jersey Journal, New Jersey Stage, Somerville Times, Poets Wear Prada Podcast, UK-based Eat the Storms, Philadelphia Enquirer, LILIPOH, PBS American Portrait, WNYC Studios, Kissing Dynamite, American Writers Review, Dime show review, and many more.
Performing venues includes New York Poetry Festival, NY Society Library, Nuyorican Cafe, Hudson County Community College, In Full Color, BrownStone Poets, Walk_Bye, Oceanside Library, Jersey City Historic Apple Tree House, Arts House, Jersey City, Poetry Festival including “Anantha” by Samyukta Poetry, Jersey City Poetry Festival, Newark Arts Festival, Paterson Poetry Festival, Culver Book Festival, New Orleans Poetry Festival, Hartford Book Festival, FEMINEN Arts Turkey festival, SETU Women Poets Festival, Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA), Women’s National Book Association, When People Speak, When Women Speak and many more.
She was the panelist at the #AWP22 ( Association of Writers and Writing Program ) conference for the event “Creative Activism in Words & Action: Writers & Activists at the United Nations” on behalf of Life and Legends. Fellow panelists include Rachel Pittman, Executive Director of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA); Dunya Mikhail, Kresge Fellowship, and the United Nations Human Rights Award for Freedom recipient; Christopher Merrill: Poet, writer, and the director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, and Kalpna Singh-Chitnis: EIC and Founder of Life and Legends and Silent River Film Festival.
She has been Poetry Judge for the 2020 SLAM Poetry Competition, IITD (Institute of Information Technology-Delhi) Kaizen’21, 2021 State-level NAMI NJ Poetry Contest, and 2022-23 Judge for the Spoken Word Competition by NY based The Artist Forum.
Her literary partnership “Life in Quarantine” with Stanford University has been presented in the Open Education Global Forum 2020 and received mention in the newspaper Stanford Daily. Her sonnet publication with the Poetry Society of New York has been accepted as a Summer Reading curriculum at University High School, Indiana, USA., and has also been transformed into a dance performance by the Van Dance Inc.
She also has been featured on the PBS American Portrait. Her works have 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.
Megha is a 2022 Winner of the BroadSide Poetry Contest at the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival, a 2022 Finalist for Stafford Lit Festival(UK), a 2020 National Level Winner in the Spring Robinson Literary Prize by Poetry Matters Project, 2020/2019/2018 Three-time NAMI NJ State Level Poetry Contest winner., 2022 Winner of the Broadside San Gabriel Poetry Festival, and 8th Place winner for the Poetry Super HIghyway Contest 2020. Shortlisted in Stafford Lit Festival (2022), Pangolin Poetry Prize 2019(USA), Adelaide Literary Award 2020/2021 (USA), Erbacce Prize 2020/2021(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. She is also the second-place winner in the San Gabriel Broadside Poetry Festival 2021.
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”.
Her poetry has been showcased in public spaces such as City Hall, Walk_Bye, Jersey City, Berry Lane Park, NJ, Paterson Poetry Festival 2021, Jersey City Free Public Library, and many more. Her collaboration with the Poetry Society of New York has been turned in to dance performance by the award-winning VanDance Inc. and was presented at the dance festival in 2021. Her poem “Surreal” has been performed at the WildSound Festival, LA by Hollywood 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.
She has been a featured poet at Hoboken Historical Museum, Hoboken Library, New York City Poetry Festival, BrownStonePoets, and 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 alongside LA-Based Joshua Corwin and Chad Parenteau. Her events include the Historical Nuyorican Cafe ( April 10,2021) in NYC and a featured poet alongside 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. She is also been a featured poet in the country’s longest weekly poetry event curated by Kai Coggin, Wednesday Night Poetry. She also has been a featured Poet in the “Night of Poetry” Event to support Cory Provost’s re-election, as District Leader, Kings County, Brooklyn, NY.
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 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 Stanford University, she was able to curate the works of Richard Blanco, US Presidential Inaugural Poet during President Barack Obama’s 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. Her works have been anthologized numerous times.
Some notable anthologies include the 25th Annual Anthology by Moonstone Arts Centre alongside Sonia Sanchez, Toi Derricotte, Ethelbert Miller, and many more. “Paws healing the Earth”, River Paw Press” alongside Pulitzer Prize Nominee, Robert Pinsky. Surviving Suicide by Nirala Publications curated by Yututsu Sharma. Poetry Anthology ” New Beats Generation” by National BEAT Poetry Foundation. Anthology “Re-Imagine America” by Vagabond Press alongside US Poet laureate Joy Harjo and ” Vibrant Voices” anthology by coveted Sahitya Akademy many more.
Black Fire -This Time Anthology by Willow Books featuring, Amiri Baraka, Amina Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, James Baldwin, Eugene Redmond, Gwendolyn Brooks, E. Ethelbert Miller, Kalamu ya Salaam, Everett Hoagland, Nikki Giovanni, Ron Milner, Ismael Reed, Dudley Randall and many more.
Roles and Responsibilities
- 2023-2022 Judge for the Spoken Word Competition by NY based, The Artist Forum
- Assistant Poetry Editor at the UK-based Lit and Arts Journal, MookyChick ( A Feminist Arts and Literary Journal since 2005)
- Associate Editor for the Brownstone Poets Anthology 2022 and 2023
- Literary Partner for the “Life in Quarantine” Project by Stanford University, Sponsored by CESTA ( Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis) and The Poetic Lab, California, USA. You can read more about my role here.
- Former Associate Editor with California-based Literary Journal Life and Legends ( “Life and Legends” are published by the “Silent River Film and Literary Society,” a non-profit organization registered in the state of California, USA. For more, visit – www.silentriverfilmandliterarysociety.org)
- Contributing member at various literary Journals including Heretics, Lovers and Madmen, Sudden Denouement, GoDogGO Cafe, Candles Online, Whisper, and the Roar, Poets Corner, and Free Verse Revolution.
- Former Contributing Poetry Editor at US-based Literary Journal Ariel Chart.
Press Mentions ( 2018-2023)
- Broadway World
- Academy of American Poets ( Poets.Org)
- NJ.com/Jersey Journal
- Indian Star
- New Jersey Stage
- Hudson Reporter, New Jersey
- Jersey City Times
- News Break
- Ein PressWire
- Deceleration News
- Queens Gazette
- NJ Arts Maven
- Hoboken Museum
- Hoboken Library
- Women’s Web
- Line Rider Press for the anthology “The Kali Project”
- Philadelphia Enquirer for the anthology “25th Annual Poetry Ink” by Moon Arts Press
- Patch, NY
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 anthology is a Finalist in 15th Indie Excellence Book Awards
The Kali Project has been mentioned as a reference in the December edition of 2022 Journal of Commonwealth Literature
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.
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 constitution allowing women to vote.
This anthology is a deep exposition of 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. The Medusa Project was recelty selected as a digital payload to be sent to moon via the Lunar Codex Project.
“The Medusa Project”, is going to the moon!! as part of the “Polaris Collection” of the LunarCodex Project via Astrobotics Technologies and NASA/SpaceX
First Chapbook “A Potpourri of Emotions” by Local Gems Press, Long Island,New York
First Full Length Poetry Collection ” My Body Lives Like a Threat” by Flower Song Press,2021
“My Body Lives Like a Threat” is a
Semi-finalist for the grant by the National League of American Pen Women #NLAPW ,
Finalist at the 16th National Indie Excellence Book Awards 2022
Finalist at the New York Book Festival 2022,
a 2022 Indo-American Arts Council Literary festival selection.
Preorder Link and Book listing at the FlowerSong Press: https://www.flowersongpress.com/store-j9lRp/p/my-body-lives-like-a-threat
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 Hererra)
A deep exposition of gender and color-based discrimination, reproductive rights violations, body politics, and the 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
Read the Advance Reviews here: 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 issues. My poems are a deep exposition of gender-based discrimination, and sexual and reproductive rights violations that reference my experience emanating from gender-based bias and the proliferation of hate speech against women. These poems are not only a reflection of the blatant violation of body autonomy and identity 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.
My 850+ works have been featured in PBS American Portrait, Rising Phoenix Review, Pen Women Magazine, WNYC Morning Edition, Ms Magazine,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.
- War Cry from the Uterus, WideEyesPublishing
20% of all proceeds went to The Yellow Hammer Fund and ACLU
- Screaming from the Silence, Vociferous Press donated to
Joyful Heart Foundation and National Sexual resource Centre
- We Will not be silenced, Indie Blue Press, donated to RAINN
- RECLAIM Anthology
- “In her words”, a Mini Chapbook donated to the Outreach Education Program by Thinking in Full Color
To know more about my published works you can visit here
Anthology (Past and upcoming)
- Earth: A Place Worth Fighting For Stafford Green Arts Festival Poetry Anthology 2021, Anthology by Staffordshire Poet Laureate Mel Wooded, UK, 2021
- Anthology ” Black Fire This Time” by Willow Books curated by Dr. Kim McMillon. The anthology will be published in February 2022 and include the work of Nikki Giovanni, James Baldwin, Ishmael Reed, Margaret Walker, Dudley Randall, Gwendolyn Brooks, and so many more.
- Anthology “Reimagine America” by Vagabond Press curated by Mark Lipman featuring the works of Matt Sedillo, David Dephy, Thelma T Reyna, US Poet Laureate and Chancellor for Academy of American Poets, Joy Harjo, and many others.
- Dovetales: Letters from Self to the World, USA, 2021 featuring Ethel Millar, Former Editor of Poet Lore, This issue will highlight past contributors, among them Sam Hamill, Martín Espada, W.S. Merwin, Adriana Páramo, Stephen Kuusisto, E.Ethelbert Miller and many more.
- Boundless Anthology VIPF, Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival, 2021 curated by the former McAllen, Texas Poet Laureate, Edward Viduarre, USA
- Anthology “Paws Healing the Earth”, River Paw Press, 2021 curated by Kalpna Singh Chitnis and includes the work of US Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Robert Pinsky.
- Surviving the Suicide, Nirala Publications, 2021 curated by Yuyutsu Sharma and featuring the works of esteemed poet Dr. Ravi Shankar.
- Poetry Featured in “Poetry and COVID” Poetry and COVID ( University of Plymouth) Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK Gov
- Poetry published in the anthology “New Beats” by National Beats Poetry Foundation, USA,2022
- Poetry Published in NYPL ( New York Public Library) ezine, Dec 2021.
- Anthology 25th Annual Poetry Ink by MoonArts Press curated by Larry Robin featuring the works of Toi Derricote, Sonia Sanchez Tim Tipton, and many others.
- Poetry published as a featured poet in the “Pen Women” Magazine by The National League of American Pen Women, (NLAPW) , 2022
- Anthology on 21-Century Indian English Poets by Seema Jain and Sahitya Akademi, 2022
- Co-edited Anthology ” Brownstone Poets” featuring the works of Patricia Carragon, Carrie Magnus Radna, Susana H Case, Rescue Poetix, and many more. July 2022, USA
- Anthology “100 Thousand Poets for Change”, International Women’s Day” and ” Support Ukraine” by Moonstone Arts Press, Philadelphia, USA
- Anthology ” Home” by The Brown Critique Anthology, March 2022, USA
- Anthology “Voice Within” by Pittsburg-based SETU Magazine, USA, March 2022
- Haiku published in the MS Magazine project as part of The Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Project, USA, 2022
- Antholgy “Women in Tapestry of Indian Mythology” by Hawakal Publications, India, October 2022
- Anthology ” Kaleidoscopes” International Calcutta Book Fair 2022 ( International Cultural Centre) Calcutta, India
- Poetry published as a finalist in Stafford Lit Poetry Competition 2022 ( Poetry For Adults), UK
- Anthology “Pandemic of Violence II-Poets Speak” 2022 by North of Oxford, US
- Anthology ” Soul Spaces: Poems About Cities, Towns and, Villages” by AuthorsPress edited by Dr. Anita Nahal, E,. Ethelbert Miller, Jayadeep Sarangi, Cyril Babydeen, Prof. Malashree Lal, Prof. Nandini Sahu, Basundhara Roy Chatterji and Swati Pal, USA, 2022
- Anthology ” Twin Tower, Twin Decades” and ” New Jersey Bards Poetry Review” by Local Gems Press by National Beat Poetry Foundation Poet Laureate, James P Wagner, 2022, USA
- Anthology “Dreams in Hiding” supporting the Little Library 2022, USA
- Featured poet in the Pen Women Blog by the National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW)
- Anthology ” Love Poems” to be published by Thomson Press ( An India Today Group)
- Poetry and Interview featured in the exophonic journal, Litehouse Journal
- COVID Anthology Project by Burlesque Press, 2021
- Twin Tower, Twin Decades Anthology by Local Gems Press, 2021
- It Can’t Happen Here, MoonStone Arts Press, PA, 2021
- Adelaide Awards Poetry Anthology 2021, Adelaide Press, NYC
- Brownstone Poets Anthology, 2021
- Lessons from the Earth: An e-journal curated by Poet Laureate of Coburg
- Poetry was published in the Tulsa Review, a literary journal by Tulsa Community College.
- Poetry Published in the Nebo Journal, 2021
- Poetry Published in “The Somerville Times” newspaper, section edited by Doug Holder
- E-anthology curated by the FAO ( Food and Agriculture Organization) of the United Nations and PoetryX
- Poetry published in the May Day Sonnet Project by the Poetry Society of New York, 2021
- Black Life Matters, Subterranean Blue Poetry,2021
- Anthology “But You Don’t Look Sick”, Indie Blue Press,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, Edited and curated by Dr. 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 Lockie, Jan 2021
- “Home”, Anthology by SETU Magazine, Rajasthan Press, 2021
- Fevers of Mind Annual Anthology, David O Lan, 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
- Theme: Sex, Spectrum Publishing, 2021
- Featured as “Time of the Poet” , MIOMBO Publishing
- Poetry Featured in the February Edition of “Word City” Monthly curated by Darcie 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
- Poetry Featured in the ezine Arts and Literary Journal,Sarawati
- Anthology ” Poetry on a Plate with spicy mango pickle”, 2021
- Poetry featured in the Different Truths Journal
- Poetry Featured in the Fasihi Magazine, Feb 2021
- Anthology “Krishanashtak”, 2021
- Anthology “Pixie Dust and All Things Magical” by AuthorsPress, 2021
- Faery Anthology, Fae Corps Publishing, Jan 2020
- Writing for Peace, Dove Tales Org., Dec 2020
- Fevers of Mind and Poetry Issue no 3: Darkness and Light, Nov 2019
- Door is a Jar, Issue 13, Winter 2020, Jan 2020
- In her words, Thinking in Full color, Jan 2020
- Three Lines Poetry, Prolific Press, Jan 2020
- Poetry Quarterly, Fall edition, Prolific Press
- Adelaide Literary Award Anthology, 2020, Adelaide Press
- Arcs Prose Antholgy 2020, Arcs Press, December 2020
- Desh Videsh Magazine, Poetry Corner, Desh Videsh Media Group
- “Masques“, Culture Cult Anthology, Spring 2020
- The League of Poets – Sounds of Peace- World’s Biggest Anthology for Peace, TLOP Press, January 2020
- Memory House Magazine, University of Chicago, March 2020, USA
- Inwood Indiana, Winter 2020, Prolific Press, USA,
- “Your Poems from the isolation” Poetry Anthology, WNYC, New York, April 2020, USA
- “War and Battle Anthology”, The Poet, UK, April 2020
- “Poems from the Lockdown”, Willowdown Books, USA, April 2020
- Poetry Selected in the World’s biggest Poetry Anthology: Sounds of Peace by League of Poets., March 2020.
- “Striving for Survival”,OPA Anthology, Spring 2020, USA
- Pandemic Poems, A collaboration with Kate Belew, Editor of Milk Press, Poetry Society of New York
- “She Speaks Up” –An anthology featuring the winners of the Jessie Haver Butler Poetry Contest 2020
- American Writers Review ” Art in the time of COVID-19“ Issue, April 2020
- Pangolin Poetry Review , Special COVID Issue, March 2020
- Poets of the Pandemic Unite, Headline Poetry Press, March 2020, USA
- Poetry from the Lockdown, Willowdown Books, April 2020, USA
- “Family Legacies”, Spring Edition Vol 2, SONKU Collective, May 2020, USA
- “Melody”, Summer Edition, Nightingale and Sparrow Press, USA, June 2020
- Haiku Featured in the OCMA ( Orange County of Music and Arts) Sound Collage Project by Alan Nakagawa, California
- Otherwise Engaged Arts and Literary Journal,2020
- Poetry Diversified 2020, -An Anthology featuring the winners and finalist of the Spring Robinson Lit Prize 2020 by Poetry Matters Project
- The Woman Inc Anthology 2020, An Anthology featuring the winners and the finalist of the TWIBB Sakhi Awards 2020
- Alien Buddha Contracts Covid 19, Alien Buddha Press, June 2020
- “Poetry Section”,Desh Videsh Magazine, April 2020
- International Writers Journal, IWJ Magazine, July-September 2020
- Mundane and Musings, Tacenda Publication, September 2020
- Life in Quarantine– Historical Archive by Stanford University,California,USA
- Essay and Poetry accepted at the “Life in Quarantine” Project by Stanford University, USA
- Poetry and CNF published in Lumiere Review
- “On the Road”, The Poet Magazine, July 2020
- North of Oxford, Pandemic Issue, 2020
- Alien Buddha Press House of Horrors #3, Alien Buddha Press, 2020
- National Beat Poetry Foundation Anthology , Local Gems Press,2020
- Walt Whitman Collaborative Project, Local Gems Press, 2020
- As the World Burns, Indie Blu(e) Press, Fall 2020
- Moonstone Arts 24 Annual Poetry Ink , MoonStone Press, PA, USA, Dec 2020
- “We will not be silenced”, Indie Blu(e) Publishing, Fall 2018, USA ( Mentioned in the Huffington Post as the Top 100 Poetry Anthologies to be read in 2019.)
- “All the lonely people”, Blank Paper Press, Feb 2019, Canada
- “Voices Carry”, Sudden Denouement Publishing, Feb 2020, USA
- Narwhal’s Lament, Madness Muse Press, Fall 2019, USA
- The Stray Branch, Fall 2019, USA
- Dime Show Review Vol 3 Issue 1, USA
- Poetica Vol 2, By Me Poetry Press, Australia, 2019
- RECLAIM Anthology, Philippines, 2019 ( Showcased in the Poets House, Manhattan,NY)
- Flight Magazine, Nightingale and Sparrow, March 2019, USA
- HAIKU Journal, Prolific Press, Feb 2019, USA
- Poetry Quarterly Winter Issue, Prolific Press, March 2019, USA
- Adelaide Magazine Issue no 24, May 2019, USA and Lebanon
- Fevers of the Mind Digest, Volume 1, June 2019, USA
- Lift every Voice, Kissing Dynamite Anthology, Fall 2019, USA
- Stanzas from the silence, Vociperous Press, Winter 2020, USA
- War Crimes Against the Uterus, Wide Eyes Publishing, June 2019, USA
- Dual Coast Magazine Issue 7, Prolific Press, June 2019, USA
- Madness Muse Anthology, Madness Muse press, Fall 2019, USA
- Nightingale and Sparrow, Heat Edition, Fall 2019, USA
- Fevers of the Mind Digest Volume 2, June 2019, USA
- Smitten, Indie Blue Press, Fall 2019, USA, Finalist in the Indie Excellence Awards 2020
- Better than Starbucks, September 2019, USA
- America’s Emerging Poets Series New Jersey Edition, Z Publishing, Fall 2019
- Jitter Press Issue no 8, Prolific Press, Oct 2019
- Crepe and Penn Issue no 4, Nov 2019
- Vita Brevis Anthology, Vite Brevis Press, Dec 2019
- Book Review for “Anatomy of A Dress” by Juliette van der Molen published by Hedgehog Press, UK
- Book Review – “Bad Mommy Stay Mommy” by Elisabeth Horan published by Fly on the Wall Poetry Press, UK
- Book Review-Quit your Job and become a poet by Georgia Parks, Indie Blu Press, USA
- Blurb for “Composition of a woman” by Christine E Ray by Indie Blue Press
- Blog Tour and Book Review for “Medusa’s Daughter” by Jane Rosenberg LaForge
- Book Review ” The Red Diary” Published in the online journal Different Truth.
- Book Review ” Like a Bird with a Thousand Wings” by Melissa Studdard and Christopher Theofanidis.
- Book Review ” Paws Healing the Earth”, River Paw Press, 2021
- Testimonial for the Paws healing the Earth Anthology, River Paw Press, March 2021
- Book review of Anita Nahal’s “What’s Wrong with Us Kali Women” by Megha Sood, 2021
Prizes and Awards
- 2022 Broadside Poetry Contest Winner at the San Gabriel Poetry Festival
- 2022 Third Place State Level Winner in NAMI ( National Alliance on Mental Illness) NJ Dara Axelrod Poetry Contest
- Nominated for the “Literary Award” by the office of Mayor and Jersey City Council of Arts (JCCA) for the Jersey City Arts Awards 2022
- Nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2022 Edition: Best of the Small Presses XLVI
- Nominated for the ” Best of the Net” by Rainbow Project, 2022
- Book showcase for the Literary festival by coveted IAAC Literary Festival ( Indo-American Arts Council), NY, 2022
- 2022 Finalist in the Stafford Lit Festival Poetry Contest (UK) by Staffordshire Poet Laureate, Mel Woodend
- 2022 Finalist in the 16th National Indie Excellence Book Awards for the full-length ” My Body Lives Like a Threat”, FlowerSong Press.
- Finalist in the New York Book Festival 2022 for the full-length ” My Body Lives Like a Threat”, FlowerSong Press.
- 2022 Finalist in the UK-based Erbacce Poetry Prize amongst 15,000 entries.
- National Level First Prize Winner in Spring Robinson/Mahogany Red Lit Prize 2020 by Poetry Matters Prize 2020
- State Level First Place Winner in the NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Mental Health Poetry contest 2020
- Finalist in the Arcs Prose Poetry Award 2020.
- Top 120 in the 2021 Erbacce Competition amongst 13,000 entries
- Top 10 Finalist in Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest 2020 amongst 976 entries from 13 countries
- Nominated for Pushcart by Poets Wear Prada “The Rainbow Project”
- Poetry is featured in the Dineen Hull Arts Gallery, New Jersey in honor of National Poetry Month 2020 in collaboration with Hudson County Community College (HCCC) and the Department of Cultural Affairs (DOCA)
- Longlisted in the Erbacce Prize 2000.Top 140 amongst 9000 entries.
- Finalist for the Jessie Haver Bulter Poetry Prize 2020
- Nominated in the Literature category for the iWomanGlobalAwards 2020
- Nominated as “Author of the Month”, Dec 2020, Spillwords Press, NYC
- Nominated as “Author of the Year”, 2020, Spillwords Press Awards 2021
- Featured as Spotlight Poet in the “Poets of 2020” anthology by Fevers of the Mind Press
- Finalist in the “Best Poem” Category in the Adelaide Literary Awards 20
- 2021 Poet Fellowship from Martha Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing (MVICW)
- Poetry is Featured and displayed outside the City Hall, Jersey City as part of the Walk_Bye “The Women” exhibit 2021
- Poetry featured in the First ever Poetry Showcase by Jersey City Free Public Library, New Jersey, 2021
- Second Place Winner in San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival 2021 in the “People’s Choice” Category
- Won the 3rd position state-level in NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Mental Health Poetry contest 2019.
- Won the 1st position state-level in NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Mental Health Poetry contest 2018.
- Finalist in the National level poetry by the Poetry Matters Lit Prize 2019.
- Top 20 in the Pangolin Poetry Prize 2019 judged by Mellissa Studdard.
- Finalist in the Adelaide Literary Award 2019 for Best Poem category
- Finalist for TWIBB ( The Woman Inc Beyond Black) Sakhi Annual Poetry Awards 2019
- Interview Published in the Vita Brevis Literature
- Interview Published in the GodogGO Cafe
- Interview Published in the Meet the Bloggers
- Mention at the Whisper and the Roar
- Interview in Spill words Press, NYC, USA
- Interview in Mumble Words, Edinburgh, Scotland
- Interview in The Poetry Question TPQ5
- Upcoming interview by Ofrendas Press, PA, USA, Fall 2019
- Author of the Month by Pennsylvania-based Bilingual Setu Magazine
- Featured in the Poetry Corner Section of the Desh Videsh Magazine in honor of the National Poetry Month 2020, Desh Videsh Media Group, USA, Spring 2020
- Author Spotlight in the Fae Corps Publishing, March 2020, USA
- Featured in “Backstory of a Poem Series, May 2020, USA
- Featured twice on WNYC #PausePoetry Challenge ( Week 2 and Week 3 Prompts) -Poems from the isolation featured on the Brian Lehrer Show
- Interview with the NY-based Poetry Group ” A Compendium of Literary Minds”, University of Albany, NY, USA
- Interview with Krizia Bruno of Ofrendas Press, USA
- Featured on the BlogTalkRadioShow Episode “Generating Awareness” by WOW of Women and Divas That Care Network
- Interview Published in UK based The Poet Magazine
- Featured on the “Assiduous Dust” Poetry Podcast by LA-based Poet Joshua Corwin
- “Life in Quarantine” Project presented in the Global Education Conference 2020, CESTA, Stanford University, 2021
- Poetry included in the Summer reading 2020 Curriculum, University High School, Indiana
- Interview featured in the “Backstory of the poem” series by Christal Cooper
- Featured on #RadioShow #Podcast “Healing Wisdom” by Pandora Peoples LIVE on 92.1 FM WOMR Provincetown, MA, and 91.3 FM WOMR New Orleans, USA
- Holi Feature in the InFull Color by Jersey City Poet Laureate, Rescue Poetix
- Featured Poet in the iGlobalSeries by Yogesh Patel
- Featured poet in the “Essential Voice” webinar by FlowerSong Press
- Featured poet in the “Collective Show” by Gina Duran
- Featured in the Jersey City Theater Centre Series (JCTC Conversations)– Voices from around the World, Episode -Courage.
- Featured in the Jersey City Theater Centre Series– Voices from around the World, Episode -Strength
- Wednesday Night Poetry Hosted by Kai Coggin ( Longest running open mic in the Country featured on New York Times,PBS)
- Jersey City Community Poem curated by JC Poet Laureate Rashad Wright and in collaboration with Arts House Production
- Poetry reading at the “First Fridays” Event with The Soap Box Press, Canada
- Poetry Reading with EIC Glenn Lyvers Prolific Press, USA
- Poetry reading with NAMI Expressive Cafe with Jacquese Armstrong, New Jersey, USA
- Poetry featured in Nature Walk: A PhotoPoetry Zine, An Audio-Visual Experience
- Poetry Reading with Bilingual SETU Magazine, Pennsylvania, USA
- Poetry featured in the Heard/Word Audio Series of the Galleyway, NY
- Poetry reading at the open mic at the Elizabeth Youth Centre featuring the Jersey City Poet Laureate Rashad Wright and Patterson Poet Laureate, Talena Lachelle Queen
- Poetry reading as a featured poet at the Brooklyn-based Brownstone Poets along with Joshua Corwin and Chad Parenteau.
- Poetry reading as a featured poet alongside Queens Poet Laureate/2020 Fellow of Academy of American poets Maria Lisella at the Oceanside Poetry reading
- Poetry Reading as a featured poet at the International Women Live SETU Magazine
- Poetry Reading at 2020 NAMI NJ Virtual Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony
- Poetry Reading at the Tandoori Gupshup event by Anita Nahal and Roopali Sircar
- Poetry reading at the IAWA.NET ( Italian American Writers Association) curated by Maria Lisella.
- Poetry Workshop for an IB Elementary School, Jersey City, New Jersey
- Featured as Guest Speaker at the book launch of “The Read Diary” , a Novel by Neelam Saxena Chandra
- Poetry reading for It Can’t Happen Here at Moonstone Arts Center, Philadelphia on January 31, 2021
- Poetry Reading for Spectrum Publishing, California, Edition no 26, on January 30 at 6pm
- Poetry reading Event for the Prolific Press on Feb 13,2021
- Book Launch of the Poetry Anthology “Earth: A Place Worth Fighting For” on Feb 17,2021
- Poetry reading at the “When Women Speak”(Women empowering women through voice) poetry event on Feb 16,2021
- Poetry Reading at the “The Box : Reinvention” event by Jersey City Theater Center curated by the Jersey City Poet Laureate Rescue Poetix and Arial Guidry
- Poetry Reading at the IFC ( In Full Color)Badass Babe Bash Event on the International Woman’s Day 2021
- Poetry Reading at the 5th International Poetry Meet, 12 march ,2021
- Featured Poet in the “Stri Shakti: A Poetic Tribute by Women Poets” by SETU Bilingual Magazine, Pitsburgh, USA
- Featured in the “When Woman Speak” Women’s Month Special curated by Ameerah Shabaazz
- Poem “Survival Is an Art” to be read by award winning UK Based singer Tally Koren at the “Changing the Face of Poetry” event on the World Poetry Day , March 21,2021
- Featured a Poetry Judge for the State Level NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Poetry Contest 2021
- Featured Poet in the Women’s National Book Association(WNBA-DC) Celebrates “Women in Poetry’s Future” Event on April 20,2021 along with Nashville Youth Poet Laureate Alora Young and Sophia Falco
- Featured as Slam Poetry Judge for the NSS IIT-D ( Institute of Information Technology) for the Annual Social fest Kaizen,21
- Featured Poet in the historic Nuyorican Cafe for the “When Women Speak” event
- Poetry Reading at the Hudson County Community College Cultural Affairs “Step Up to the Mic” Event on April 14,2021 #NationalPoetryMonth2021
- Launch of the “The Kali Project” in Kolkata, India by the Rakshak Foundation #TheKaliProject
- Poetry Reading for the 13th Annual Words for Birds 2021 organized by Mitchell Lake Audobon centre on April 24, 2021 at 7pm CST/8pm EST #NationalPoetryMonth2021
- Poetry Reading at the Maria Lisella (Queens Poet Laureate)Poetry Workshop, April 15,2021 at 11:30am EST #NationalPoetryMonth2021
- Poetry Reading for the Upcoming Festival of Poetry “Anantha”by Samyukta Poetry on April 17,2021 at 7:30pm EST #HappyNationalPoetryMonth
- Poetry as part of the Art Exhibition Group Show “The Women” by Walk_Bye to be placed at City Hall, Jersey City, New Jersey
- Poetry recitation at the Speak Series by Word Seed Inc
- Poetry selected as part of the Jersey City Free Public Library Poetry Showcase on May 07,2021
- Poetry as part of the Art Exhibition Group Show “The Women” by Walk_Bye at City Hall, Jersey City, New Jersey , May 06,2021
- Featured Poet in the Spectrum Publishing, California event on May 15,Saturday, 6-8pm EST
- Featured Artist in “Empowering Asian American Voices” by In FullColor on May 17,2021 #AAPIHeritageMonth #StopAAPIHate
- Featured Poet on the 1 year anniversary of When People Speak, May 25, 2021
- Poetry Reading at Walt Whitman 202nd Virtual Birthday celebration
- First Writer’s Conference(June 6-June 11) as part of Poet Fellowship from MVICW, Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing
- Poetry as part of the “The Women” exhibit now displayed in the Berry lane Park, Jersey City, New Jersey
- Poetry reading at the New York Poetry festival on the Algonquin Stage with the Thursday Morning Poets #NYCPoFest #TMPPoets
- Walk_Exhibit “The Women” part of the upcoming Paterson Poetry festival, Oct 1-3, 2021
- Poetry Event for the 100 Thousand Poets for Change (#100TPFC) at the Jefferson Market Garden, New York Public Library, on Sept 24, 2021 #TMPPoets
- Featured Poet in the Turkey based International Arts Festival, FeminenArtFest,2021
- Poetry Reading for the Surviving the Suicide Anthology by Nirala Publications at the Turner Contemporary Arts gallery, UK, 2021
- Featured Poet in the 3rd Annual Hartford Book Festival, Sept 17 2021 ,7pm EST.
- Poetry reading for the anthology “Protect 2021” by Moonstone Arts as part of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change
- Featured Poet in the 4th Annual Paterson Poetry Festival, Oct 1-3, 2021
- Poetry selected for reading at the “Survival is Insufficient” series based on the National Endowment of Arts BigRead event.
- Poetry reading at the DOCA( Department of Cultural Affairs) Open Rooftop series by Jersey City Writers.
- Poetry selected for reading at the “Overcoming Limitation” series hosted by Jersey City Writers and Art Access Festival at the West Gallery, NJ
- Poetry reading at the MANA Contemporary Arts Center, Newark, NJ as part of 2nd Annual Jersey City Poetry Festival
- Poetry reading the NJ NAMI Annual Awards and Luncheon Banquet and 3rd state-level winner at NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Expressive Arts Mental Health Poetry Contest 2019.
- Poetry reading in the West Gallery “Of Myths and Monster” series hosted by Jersey City Writers and Art Access Festival 2019
- Poetry reading at the Open Road Poetry 2020 Season Kickoff event hosted by Rescue Poetix and Crystal Davis
- Poetry reading at the Jersey City Genre reading night: Night of hidden Life hosted by Jersey City Writers Group featuring the Top 10 writers of the Hudson County
- Online Poetry Event conducted for three days for Black Bough Poetry, UK
- Headlining the poetry festival at the Franklin Township Arts and Council ( FTAC), Somerset, New Jersey, Spring 2020 — Event Canceled
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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.