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SusheelaManaging Editor & Copyeditor Susheela Bhat is a first generation American desi, a Chicago-based multimedia science writer, and newbie programmer who grew up listening to and reading SF/F stories. Having noticed similar disparities within SF/F and the STEM fields (where she worked as a communicator) Susheela is determined to level the playing field for minorities in both worlds. When she’s not immersed in various nerdy activities, you can find Susheela rambling around Twitter @SoosheBot.

Based out of Southern California, blogger Kunj Bhatt has a Bachelors degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Asian American studies. Interests include: Monsoon season, Chai and Peppermint Hot Chocolate, meme and parody Instagram accounts, anything out-of-the-ordinary or magical, and of course, all forms of Art.IG: @monsoonschai Twitter: monsoonschai Blog:


Fiction Editor Simran Chadha is a voracious reader and would gladly read anything that comes her way, 24/7. She moonlights as an Associate Professor with the University of Delhi and works as a full-time mom to her two teenage girls. A doctorate from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, her areas of specialization are Postcolonial Literatures and Theory, the history of ideas, Continental philosophy and of course, feminist lit and theory. Her most recent publication is a book on adaptations in Hindi cinema, entitled “Bollywoodising Literature Forging Cinema”.


Designer Amrita Chanda does graphic design and writes code to make pretty pictures, occasionally dabbles in film-making, and is obsessed with the classical dance form of Odissi. To contact her, send her email at



Selma Carvalho is a British-Indian writer and columnist. She is the author of three non-fiction books documenting the Goan presence in colonial East Africa. Her fiction has been published by Indian, British and North American literary journals. Her short stories have been long/shortlisted by Almond Press UK 2015; Exeter Writers prize UK 2015 and again in 2017 ; TSS Quarterly UK 2016;  DNA-Out of Print India 2016; Strands International Short Story Prize 2017.  She was featured alongside prominent British-Indian writers in the India issue of Litro UK, edited by Shashi Tharoor. She has been selected among the 22 British short story writers to be published by TSS Publishing UK in 2017/18. She lives in London with her husband and daughter.

Webmaster Heina Dadabhoy is an occasional writer of non-fiction on The Orbit and a frequent, avid consumer of fiction. Their originally Gujarati family has branches in Mauritius, Burma, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Canada, and the UK. They hold a degree in English and Philosophy from the University of California, Irvine and have engaged in public secular and social justice activism since 2010. Southern California born and raised, they live not far from Little India with their rotating menagerie of foster cats and incredibly patient husband.


Fiction Editor Michelle D’costa, an Indian, born (1991) and raised in Bahrain, has short fiction/ poetry published in Antiserious, The Bombay Literary Magazine, Open Road Review and many others. Her stories have been longlisted twice for the DNA- Out of Print contest. She loves interviewing writers. She can be found here: 


Poetry Editor Prathim-Maya Dora-Laskey teaches English and Women’s Studies at Alma College (MI) after graduate school on three continents. An alumna of Stella Maris College in Chennai (India), her awards include scholarships from the Pennathur foundation, the FSA board at the University of South Carolina, and a Violet Morgan Vaughan award at the University of Oxford (UK). Previously a poetry editor at DesiLit Magazine and a current moderator at SAWNET (, she has published work in Contemporary South Asia, Interventions: A Journal of Postcolonial StudiesSouth Asian Review, and Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy . She lives with her partner and their four kids (two human, two canine).


Contributing Editor V.V. Ganeshananthan is a fiction writer and journalist whose debut novel, Love Marriage (Random House), was named one of Washington Post Book World’s Best of 2008 and long-listed for the Orange Prize, and chosen a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. The book, set in Sri Lanka and some of its diaspora communities, was widely translated. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, among others. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard, she teaches in the MFA program at the University of Minnesota. She has also taught at the University of Michigan and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is at work on a second novel, portions of which have appeared in Granta, Ploughshares, and Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014.

AtreyeeSenior Fiction Editor Atreyee Gohain teaches English at the University of North Florida. A fiction editor with Rupa in another life, she is also an avid translator and translates from Assamese to English. Her translations have been published individually in Indian Literature and in anthologies brought out by Penguin (Her Story) and Oxford University Press (The Oxford Anthology of Writings from North East India). At Rupa, she helmed the series Rupa Kahani and Rupa Ekanki, small collections of short stories and one-act plays, translated from various regional languages into English. She holds a PhD in English from Ohio University, where she wrote her dissertation on the topic of women and mobility in the fiction of women writers in India and the U.S. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida, with her husband and nine-year-old handful of a daughter.

Contributing Editor Anjali Goyal is a development associate at the Asian American Arts Alliance and serves on the board of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC). Anjali has freelanced as a research assistant and copy editor for many publications, and from 2003–08, she was the programs director at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in NYC. She received a BA in English from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.


Art Editor Satya Gummuluri is an artist based in southern Germany. Trained in engineering and music, she has devoted herself to writing, music (composition/vocals) and sound over the past decade, as well as doing editorial and translation work. She has performed and recorded with jazz and improvised music groups, and is currently engaged with Surfatial, a trans-local body engaged with questions of knowledge emergence.


Columnist Minal Hajratwala is the author of Leaving India: My Family’s Journey From Five Villages to Five Continents (2009), which has been called “incomparable” by Alice Walker and “searingly honest” by The Washington Post. The book won a Pen USA Award, an Asian American Writers Workshop Award, a Lambda Literary Award, and a California Book Award. She is editor of Out! Stories From the New Queer India (2012), the first anthology of LGBT literature published since the decriminalization of homosexuality in India. As a writing coach, she has taught workshops nationally and internationally at universities, online, and via community organizations including the Voices of New America summer program on the University of California-Berkeley campus. She is a graduate of Stanford University and a former National Arts Journalism Program fellow at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She spent 2010–11 as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in India researching a novel, while also writing poems about the unicorns of the ancient Indus Valley.

WafaEssays Editor Wafa Hamid is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR), New Delhi. She is pursuing her doctoral research at the Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi where she also obtained her M.Phil in 2011. Her research explores the relationship between aesthetics and politics and focuses on the representation of marginalized subjectivities thereby leading to a negotiation of boundaries between public/private, past/present, centre/periphery, and self/other. Her areas of interest include: Gender Studies, Literary Theory, Popular Culture, Women’s Writing, Culture Studies, and Translation Studies among others.

Webmaster Jed Hartman is a technical writer and former fiction editor whose extracurricular interests include logodaedaly, interdigitation, sesquipedalia, and lapsus linguae. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in All-Star Zeppelin Adventure Stories, Clean Sheets, Fishnet, Flytrap, Strange Horizons, and Wet.  For more about him (or to read his blog), see his website.

GhadaReviews Editor Ghada Ibrahim is a 21-year old student, blogger and graphic designer. A workaholic with a craze to devour all that the world has to offer, she currently writes for horror blog and freelances on the side. Expression in the form of writing comes easier to her than speaking. A bookworm, she is an avid reader of all genres focusing mainly on mystery, crime and thriller novels.


Senior Essays Editor Fazeela Jiwa is a writer and teacher from Vancouver, living in Ottawa, Canada. She recently graduated from Concordia University’s MA program in English literature, before which she worked in public and alternative education, as well as a crisis worker at a sexual assault centre and transition house. Her published poetry, fiction, and nonfiction considers complicity with, and resistance to, racialized and gendered representations in literature and other cultural productions. www.fazeelajiwa.comSoniah

Blog Editor Soniah Kamal is a Pushcart Prize nominated essayist and fiction writer. Her novel ‘UnMarriageable: Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice in Pakistan is forthcoming from Random House USA (2018). Her debut novel An Isolated Incident was a finalist for the Townsend Award for Fiction, the KLF French Fiction Prize, and is an Amazon Rising Star pick. Soniah‘s TEDx talk, Redreaming Your Dream, is about regrets, second chances and redemption. Soniah’s short story ‘Fossils’, judged by Claudia Rankine, won the Agnes Scott 2017 Festival Award for Fiction. Her short story ‘Jelly Beans’ is selected for the 2017 Best of Asian Fiction Anthology. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, Catapult, The Normal School, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Missing Slate, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, The James Dickey Review,, Literary Hub, and has been widely anthologized. Soniah was born in Pakistan, grew up in England and Saudi Arabia and currently resides in the U.S.

MananReviews Editor Manan Kapoor was born in Shimla. His debut novel, The Lamentations of a Sombre Sky, released in 2016. His poetry has appeared in Stockholm Review of Literature, Coldnoon Travel-Writing Quarterly, Indian Review of Literature, and wrote for SBCLTR. He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree (Literature and Creative Writing) at Ambedkar University and is now working on his second work of fiction.


Contributing Editor Ellen Kombiyil is a poet, writer, and writing teacher. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Barely South Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cider Press Review, Cordite Poetry Review, Poemeleon, Redactions, Spillway and Spry, among others. Honors include a 2013 nomination the Pushcart Prize, and a 2012 nomination for Best of the Net. She is a Founding Poet of The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective which publishes first and second books, showcasing new poetic voices from India.


Senior Poetry Editor Gowri Koneswaran is a Tamil American writer, performing artist, teaching artist, and lawyer whose family immigrated from Sri Lanka. Based in Washington, DC, she is a Kundiman fellow, poetry coordinator at the non-profit arts organization BloomBars, and co-editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly.

Blogger Mary Ann Koruth’s writing and reviews have appeared in The Indiana Review,The Rain Taxi Review of Books and The Hindu. She has written for while interning as web editor, and has covered art and culture for other publications. Her love for the English language came from growing up in a family where fidelity to literature and grammar bore a moral dimension. She is currently a candidate in the Rutgers-Newark MFA in creative writing.

Associate Editor Neha Kumar is a Management major at the University of Illinois at Chicago looking to pursue a career in human resources or public relations. In addition to her studies, she enjoys working on the executive board for the Management Leadership Association, watching documentaries, and cooking Indo-American fusion food.

AnuEditor-in-Chief Anu Mahadev is a left brained software engineer- turned right brained creative poet! Originally from India, she is now based out of New Jersey, with her husband and son. She is a recent MFA graduate of Drew University and a prolific writer. Other words to describe her are dreamer, choir singer, social bee, book and movie addict, avid hiker, lifelong learner and traveler. She writes mostly about love, life and the ties that bind us.



Essays Editor Sandhya Rao Mehta graduated from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi a millennium ago and got a PhD in expatriate literature as the diaspora was not a very fashionable term just then. She is presently working at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. Diaspora in all shapes and sizes interests her, even more so if its framed in the context of everyday life. Her most recent publications include an anthology on language studies, focusing particularly on the way English is evolving among those who have adopted it as their own.

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Consulting Editor Mary Anne Mohanraj was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and is author of Bodies in Motion (HarperCollins) and nine other titles. Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six languages. Previous titles include Aqua Erotica and Wet (two erotica anthologies edited for Random House), Kathryn in the City and The Classics Professor (two erotic choose-your-own-adventure novels, Penguin), and The Best of Strange Horizons. Mohanraj founded the World Fantasy Award-winning and Hugo-nominated magazine, Strange Horizons. She was Guest of Honor at WisCon 2010, received a Breaking Barriers Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women for her work in Asian American arts organizing, and won an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose. Mohanraj has taught at the Clarion SF/F workshop, and is now Clinical Assistant Professor of fiction and literature and Associate Director of Asian and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She serves as Executive Director of both DesiLit ( and the Speculative Literature Foundation ( Recent publications include The Stars Change, a Lambda-finalist science fiction novella featuring South Asians who have settled a university planet. She lives in a creaky old Victorian in Oak Park, just outside Chicago, with her partner, Kevin, two small children, and a sweet dog.


Contributing Editor Dipika Mukherjee’s second novel, Shambala Junction, won the UK Virginia Prize for Fiction (Aurora Metro, 2016). Her debut novel, Thunder Demons (Gyaana, 2011), was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize and republished as Ode to Broken Things (Repeater, 2016). She won the Liakoura Prize for Poetry (USA, 2016) and the Gayatri GaMarsh Award for Literary Excellence (USA, 2015) as well as the Platform Flash Fiction Prize (India, 2009). Her short story collections include Rules of Desire (Fixi, 2015) and edited collections include Champion Fellas (Word Works, 2016), Silverfish New Writing 6 (Silverfish, 2006) and The Merlion and Hibiscus (Penguin, 2002). She has two poetry collections: “The Third Glass of Wine” (Writer’s Workshop, 2015), and The Palimpsest of Exile, (Rubicon Press, 2009). She lives in Chicago,

Swapna Narayanan is a Bangalore based author who writes on women empowerment, parenting, corporate life etc. Her work has been published in, TheNewsMinute, TheWomanInc, The Centurion, YourStory etc. An efficient communicator, she lectures in various forums and participates in panel discussions, talk shows about Women in Corporate Life as well Technical & Business Communication.

Zohra Shaik is a software engineer who lives in Chicago,IL and hails from Hyderabad, India. She is an enthusiastic writer and an avid reader. She is a self-help specialist and runs Ayesha, a movement to empower teenage girls. She is heavily involved with volunteer work for the elderly and the disadvantaged. She reviews written works on her blogging site She is a contributor on Women’s web and writes passionately about women’s issues. She brings with her a diverse unique perspective that comes from years of reading, writing and simply being human.



Senior Reviews Editor Ravibala (Ravi) Shenoy is passionate about books and reading. She has been a reviewer for Library Journal since 1997. A former librarian, Ravi has published book reviews, short stories, creative nonfiction, and articles in Chicago Tribune, TribLocal, Cooper Street Journal, VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates), India Currents, The Copperfield Review, Sugar Mule.

ChinmayaReviews Editor Chinmaya Lal Thakur is an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction, especially by Indian writers. Some of his favourite authors include Shrilal Shukla, Amitav Ghosh, Franz Kafka, J.M. Coetzee, Margaret Atwood, and Kazuo Ishiguro. He is also a Research Scholar at the Centre for English Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His areas of interest include Literary Theory, Studies of the Novel, and Continental Philosophy. He has published a few stories, poems, and critical essays in various journals and magazines. He can be contacted at

BadriPoetry Editor Badri Varma is a Hindi poet whose work has appeared in magazines and been translated into English. His collection Boond se Nadi Tak: Ek kavita Yatra was released in 2009. In the 1960s he was a founding member of the Sahaj Kavita, a movement of Hindi poetry. He believes that poets have a responsibility to raise their voices against social injustice and promote consciousness about the suffering of people, especially issues related to minorities and women.

  1. jayati roy #

    Wow! Simply impressive group of people!

    October 2, 2012
  2. It appears to be an excellent team of individuals getting together and come to the fore.
    Congratulations and wishing you good innings in your combine efforts.

    July 15, 2013