Mahendra Bhavre 1961 is a poet, critic and the Head of the Marathi Department-at the SD College, Palghar. His collection of poems, Chintakranta Mulukhache Rudan, 2000, won the Saratchandra Muktibodh Kavya Puraskar, and Vikhe-Patil Sahitya Puraskar in 2000. He has many books of criticism including Dalit Kavitetil Nave Prawah by Shabdalay Prakashan, 2001. His poetry collection Mahasatteche Peedadaan was published by Abhidhanantar in 2005
Arjun Rajendran's first collection, Snake Wine, was published by Les Editions du Zaporogue in 2014. His poems have appeared in publications including Berfrois, The Missing Slate, Caesura, The Bombay Literary Magazine, Star*Line, Strange Horizons, Mithila Review, VAYAVYA and others. He has also been published in Eclectica?s Best of Poetry Anthology (2016), celebrating the best poems published by Eclectica Magazine in 20 years, and the 40 Under 40 anthology published by Paperwall (2016). Rajendran was the editor of The Four Quarters Magazine until 2014.
Rati Saxena – Poet/ Translator/ Editor (Kritya) / Director Poetry festivals -Kritya and Vedic scholar. She has 5 collections of poetry in Hindi and two in English (Translated by poet) and one each into Malayalam, Italian, Estonian, and Vietnamese translated by other poets. Her poems have been translated into other international languages like Chinese, Albanian, Spanish, Uzbek, Indonesian, Spanish, German etc. She has a travelogue in Hindi “Cheenti ke par”, a Memoir in English “Everything is past tense “, and a criticism on the work of famous Malayalam Poet Balamaniyamma’s work. Her study on the Atharvaveda has been published as “The Seeds of the Mind- a fresh approach to the study of Atharvaveda” under the fellowship of the Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts. She has translated about 12 Malayalam works, both prose and poetry, into Hindi and two poetry books of Norwegian poets, one each from Welsh, Vietnamese. She has a number of articles published regarding Indology in a number of journals. She has been invited for poetry reading in more than 22 prestigious poetry festivals around the world, among some are very popular e.g. The Struga Poetry Evening (Macedonia) (2010) the prestigious poetry festival in Medellin -Colombia (2011 and 2014), 10th Edition of “Ritratti di Poesia” Feb 2016 and China’s Moon Festival and Shanghai book fair. She is the only Indian participant in some imp poetry festivals like Iran’s Fair Poetry Festival, Iran (2014), International Istanbul Poetry Festival (IIPF) Turkey (2014), 4th international Eskisehir Poetry Festival Turkey (2014). And a Special poetry reading in A Caruna, Spain (2015), Poetry reading at Foundation Vicente Risco, at Allariz (Spain). She has also been invited to some American Universities like Mary Mount University in Los Angeles and University of Seattle (USA) to talk on Vedic poetry and recite her own poetry. She is one of founder member, and member of coordinate committee Of the World Poetry Movement. Her poem was poem been chosen in popular book of china “110 modern poems of the world”) 2015, ” Her poem was also part of space mission by Jaxa, Japan, along with 24 other poems. In 2002. She was also artist in Former Artist-in-residence at Ebenboeckhaus Munich and Artist-in-residence at Künstlerhaus Villa Waldberta. Her Awards- Fellowship by Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts in 2004-5, Sahitya Akademi Award for Translation 2000, Sate Bank of Travancore Award for poetry 2001, Naji Naaman’s Literary Prizes (International) for 2016.
Ashwani Kumar is Mumbai- based Indian English poet, writer, and professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences. His anthologies ‘My Grandfather’s Imaginary Typewriter’ with a prolegomenon by Ashis Nandy and ‘Banaras and the Other’ have been published by Yeti Books and Poetrywala. His poems-translated in Indian languages and Hungarian, are noted for ‘lyrical celebration’ of garbled voices of memory and their subversive ‘whimsy’ quality. His ‘Banaras and the Other’, first of a trilogy on religious cities, was long listed for 1stJayadev National Poetry Award 2017. Select cantos of ‘Banaras and the Other’ were performed by Hungarian band Kalaka at the Times Lit Fest 2017 in Mumbai. He is currently working on Ayodhya, second of Banaras trilogy, his non- fiction book ‘Biharis’ (forthcoming, Aleph Books) and a special volume on Tagore titled ‘Architecture of Alphabets’/ Betűrendek architektúrája in Hungarian (forthcoming 2019). He is co-founder of Indian Novels Collective to bring classic novels of Indian Literature to English readers. He is also a visiting fellow at leading global universities and think tanks including London School of Economics, German Development Institute, Korea Development Institute, University of Sussex etc. He has also served as member of Central Employment Guarantee Council (Government of India). His major scholarly contributions include ‘Community Warriors’ (Anthem Press; London), ‘Power Shifts and Global Governance’ (Anthem Press; London), ‘Global Civil Society: Poverty and Activism’ (Sage International; London) and ‘Migration, Mobility and Citizenship’ (forthcoming, Routledge). He is recipient of Azim Premji foundation’s research grant and the Indian Council of Social Science Research has awarded him the prestigious ‘Senior Fellowship’ for a book-length study of welfare regimes in India. At leisure, he writes articles and reviews for Financial Express, the Print, Business Standard, The Hindu, Indian Express, DNA, Open Democracy, among others.
Mandakranta Sen was born in Kolkata, West Bengal. Her first collection of poetry- HRIDAY ABADDHYA MEYE (MY HEART IS AN UNRULY GIRL) brought her the Ananda Puraskar in 1998. Since then she has written twenty collections of poetry, eight novels, one collection of novelettes, two collections of short stories and one collection of essays. She has won several awards including the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Young Writers' Award (2004), which she returned in 2015 as a protest against the growing intolerance in the country. Her poems have been translated into several other Indian languages, and internationally into the German, French and Polish. Currently, along with her husband, Mandakranta Sen edits Brishtydin- a literary journal in Bengali.