Writing is a skill, just like playing the piano or learning how to type. Together we can figure out how to master it. My teaching consists of technical and creative exercises, discussion, feedback, and practice, practice, practice. The focus will be on creative writing, either prose or poetry.
I have degrees in Biology and Social Work, but my primary love is books. I love reading them and recently I have started writing them. I have published two books and am working on my third one. I have peformed poetry and done book readings across India and America.
Cancelled classes are non-refundable.
Author and spoken word poet based in Uttarakhand. My work examines the intersections between mental health, body image, belonging, and relationships.
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai - Master’s of Arts in Dalit and Tribal Social Work, 2013
The University of Texas at Austin - Bachelor’s of Arts in Biology, Teaching Certification for Grades 8-12 in Composite Science, 2006
Freelance Writer and Editor— 2016-Present
Columnist for The Free Press Journal, Helter Skelter, and Qrius. Essays and fiction have been published in The Huffington Post, The Open Road Review, Muse India, Skin Stories, The Wire, The Bombay Review, and The Better India, amongst others.
Communications and Partnerships Lead, Slam Out Loud — Nov 2018 - April 2019
Shaped the storytelling of the organisation through channels including, but not limited to, social media campaigns, newsletter, media publications, and literature festivals. Built partnerships with the Delhi Art Gallery, Youth ki Awaaz, and Kommune, amongst others, to expand the network of art advocates across India
Program Manager and Coach, Teach for India; Hyderabad — 2013-2016
Trained over two hundred fellows at nearly fifty government and low-cost private schools. Enabled the technical and leadership development of twenty program managers in Hyderabad and Chennai.
Science Teacher, KIPP: Austin College Prep; Texas — 2007-2009
Taught science to sixth and eighth grade students from at-risk communities. Achieved highest student test scores in history of school (2008); Scores were amongst top five in the state.
Bookends by Kommune: Home, poem titled i am from nowhere and everywhere included in poetry anthology, Kommune India, 2019
Yarn: An Interwoven Memoir, Bombaykala, 2018
More Than a Memory, self-published, 2017
The Sound of Small Revolutions, 2019, Delhi
Bookwoman, 2018, Austin, Texas
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, 2018, Mumbai
The English Concourse, 2018, Delhi
Spoken Wave, 2018, Chennai
Goa Arts and Literature Festival, 2017, Goa
Spoken Fest, 2017, Mumbai
The Storytellers Workshop, 2016, Delhi
Kettle Pond’s Non-fiction Fellowship, 2019 - I was the only participant a full scholarship was offered to, but couldn’t attend because air fare from India to New York wasn’t covered
Orange Flower Jury’s Choice Award for Writing on Wellness, 2018
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