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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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Vinita Agrawal, Senior Editor

Author of Words Not Spoken(Brown Critique/Sampark) and The Longest Pleasure (Finishing Line Press, USA), Vinita is a Mumbai based, award winning poet and writer. She won the Gayatri GaMarsh Memorial Award for literary excellence, New Jersey 2015. Her poems have appeared in Asiancha, Constellations, The Fox Chase Review, Pea River Journal, Open Road Review, Stockholm Literary Review, Poetry Pacific among others. She was nominated for the Best of the Net Awards 2011, awarded first prize in the Wordweavers Contest 2014, commendation prize in the All India Poetry Competition 2014 and won the 2014 Hour of Writes Contest multiple times. Her work has found place in international anthologies. She has read her poems at SAARC events and other spoke word events. She can be reached at www.vinitawords.in

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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.

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Jhilmil Breckenridge, Editor

Jhilmil Breckenridge is a poet, writer and activist. Her writing worries about the issues of feeling lost in a changing world, the immigrant or foreign experience, love and loss and longing, and nostalgia for times gone by. She has an MSc in Management from Boston University and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Westminster. Her poems have featured in Pankhearst and a host of other literary journals. She is currently working on a biography with a mental health theme as well as her debut novel.

She is also a trained yoga teacher, a craniosacral practitioner as well as a teacher of Pranic Healing. When she is not writing, she is chasing clouds and butterflies with her iPhone. She can be reached at jhilmilbreckenridge@gmail.com. She tweets @jhilmilspirit and blogs at https://jhilmilsjourney.wordpress.com.

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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 Womeninc Sakhi Award 2018. Currently, she is deciphering contours of a dream in her first manuscript of poetry.

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