TWI Bees


Pooja Garg, Founder Managing Editor

Domestic violence and abuse volunteer, Pooja advocates for rights and welfare of women and children. Currently working on a project chronicling domestic violence survivor stories, she combines writing with grassroots activities, including poetry as therapy workshops. Shabana Azmi called her debut collection of poems ‘very moving and a must read’. Listed on Amazon, her collection, ‘Everyday and Some Other Days’ has gone into a second reprint. Invited by the Indian High Commission in New York, Pooja has been asked to share her poems on various platforms around the world. Chosen by Eclectica as Best of Poetry in the last 20 years, her poems, essays and articles have been published in The Feminist Wire, The Aerogram, Boston Coffee House, The Missing Slate, The North East Review, The Brown Critique, Jaggery, India Resists, The Bangalore Review, Muse India, Open Road Review, Cafe Dissensus and various poetry anthologies. With extensive experience in journalism and publishing, Pooja has been Principal Correspondent for India Today and Bureau Chief, New Delhi for CIO India Edition. After stepping down as Poetry Editor for Open Road Review and Book Review Editor for Jaggery, Pooja joins Columbia Business School in her endeavor to learn and optimize on-ground and outreach efforts at TWI. Always looking for quietude, Pooja believes her words are incidental. More about Pooja here.

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Anu Mahadev, Senior Editor

An abuse victim in past, Anu Mahadev is a poet based in New Jersey. She is a 2016 MFA graduate of the Drew University’s MFA program in Madison, NJ. With two poetry collections to her credit, Anu is a curious reader and lifelong learner. She is passionate and outspoken about issues such as domestic violence, girls’ education and independence, and depression/bipolar disorder. She loves music, languages, animals and long walks.


Akila Gopalakrishnan, Editor

G. Akila juggles the muse, work, home and an eight-year-old daughter. She engages in free verse and the Japanese forms of haiku and haibun written in English language. She has read and conducted workshops in writers’ carnivals organized in Hyderabad and her works have been published in anthologies and several reputed online and print journals. She has presented poetry at various reading events such as the Goa Arts and Literature Festival, 2016, TEDx at VNR VJIET College in Hyderabad last year and the Young Writers Festival 2017 edition of Sahitya Akademi in Jammu. She is also an active member of the Twin City Poetry Club, Hyderabad. Her poem ‘Stains’ is one of the ten poems shortlisted for the The Woman Inc. Sakhi Award 2017. Currently, she is deciphering contours of a dream in her first manuscript of poetry.