About the PoetA poet and fiction writer, K.Srilata is a Professor of English at IIT Madras. She has been a writer-in-residence at the University of Stirling, at Sangam house and at the Yeonhui Art Space in Seoul. Srilata’s books include four poetry collections – Bookmarking the Oasis. Writing Octopus, Arriving Shortly and Seablue Child, a novel Table for Four (Penguin), long listed in 2009 for the Man Asian literary prize, three co-edited anthologies The Rapids of a Great River: The Penguin Book of Tamil Poetry, Short Fiction from South India (OUP) and All the Worlds Between: A Collaborative Poetry Project Between India and Ireland (Yoda). She has also published a translation of R.Vatsala’s Tamil novel Once there was a girl and an anthology of women’s writing from the Self-Respect movement titled The Other Half of the Coconut: Women Writing Self-Respect History (Zubaan). Srilata co-curates the CMI Arts Initiative and the CMI-Sangam House Writing Residency.
About the authorA poet, fiction writer and translator, Srilata is a Professor of English at IIT Madras. Srilata has three collections of poems, Writing Octopus (Authorspress, 2013), Arriving Shortly (Writers Workshop, 2011) and Seablue Child (Brown Critique, 2002). She also co-edited the anthology The Rapids of a Great River: The Penguin Book of Tamil Poetry. Her debut novel Table for Four, long listed in 2009 for the Man Asian literary prize, was published by Penguin. Her translation of R.Vatsalas Tamil novel Vattathul (Once There was a Girl) was published in 2012. Anthology appearances include The BloodAxe Anthology of Indian Poets, The Harper Collins Book of English Poetry and Another Country: An Anthology of Post-Independence Poetry in English (Sahitya Akademi). Srilatas poems have been featured in micro chap books created by the Origami Poetry project. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in Wasafiri, Recours au Poeme, Caravan, Fulcrum, The Little Magazine, Kavya Bharati, Fulcrum, Madras Mag, Muse India, Prairie Schooner, Sonic Boom and The Dhauli Literary Review. Some of her poems have been translated into Korean. Her academic books include The Other Half of the Coconut: Women Writing Self-Respect History (Zubaan, 2002) and Short Fiction from South India (OUP, 2008). Srilata was a writer-in-residence at the University of Stirling, at Sangam house and at the Yeonhui Art Space in Seoul. She has been a participating writer at the Seoul International Writers Festival, the Hindu Lit for Life, Kala Ghoda, the Hyderabad Literary festival and the Poetry with Prakriti festivals. She coordinates the CMI Arts Initiative programme and writing residency in Chennai. Srilata is currently co-editing (with Fina Bolger) a transnational collaborative poetry project involving poets from across the world