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POETRY@WE


"PoetryLIVE@Mumbai"
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WE believe in the transcendental, magical powers of poetry to create transformation and ring in change; for individuals, communities, societies.

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"Inspired @WE"
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Like gold in a furnace, let poetry fire up your ideas, your actions, your dreams...

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Proud Member of CLMP since 2018
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WE are proud members of the Community of Literary Magazines & Presses, New York

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"WE Speak Up with Women Scream International Festival"
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WE - Poetic Justice at US Consulate, Disti House, Mumbai, March 16, 2017; WE Speak Up, Kitabkhana, March 18, 2017, As part of the Women Scream International Festival of Art & Poetry 2017

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Awards



The Kamala Das Poetry Award, 2018
Poet Anna Sujatha Mathai is the recipient of the first ‘Kamala Das Poetry Award 2018,’  instituted by Women Empowered-India (WE), in memory of the firebrand feminist poet Kamala Das (1934 - 2009). This award is a recognition of Sujatha’s lifetime contribution to poetry, her fearless sense of justice that is an empowering force for us, her love and endurance in the face of all odds.

Anna Sujatha Mathai has been writing poetry for many years now. She has five Collections of Poetry in English. She has read them at various venues all over the world. Many have been translated into Danish and Swedish, Dutch and other European and Indian languages. She has also written critical reviews and articles for many magazines and journals, including The Hindu, The Times of India, Outlook etc. Her poems have been widely anthologised. Her main subject has been English Literature from the Universities of Delhi and Bangalore. She has also got a Post-Graduate Degree in Social Studies from the University of Edinburgh. Her work with troubled people has enriched her poetry.

The award ceremeony was hosted by the India International Centre Delhi (at the  Kamala Das Complex) on Sept 28, 2018. Eminent poet Keki Daruwalla gave away the award to Sujatha Mathai, amidst the love & good wishes of family, friends, well-wishers. The evening also saw the Delhi launch of Equiverse Space - A Sound Home in Words.

Poetry & Equality
This is the beginning of a new note of optimism in our shared journey towards gender equality, that started with thematically curated poetry readings and discussions since September 2016. WE have held an evergreen seventeen sessions so far, hosted by eminent organisations and wonderful venues. Our heartfelt thanks go out to each and every person who has participated with joy and enthusiasm in WE readings. WE have said this before and must say it again - WE are You; You make WE.
No matter erosions wrought of time/space/ideology/individual perception/ paths, you are an integral part of WE and will remain so.

This inaugural issue of Our Space invites you to reflect on rain and verse, laden with an all pervading magic that resides in each one of us,
Do you believe in magic?

Yes we do. The good-times kind when life is a merry-go-round of pure happiness, but even more, the dark-times kind that appears in the darkest hours, a magic touch of love pulling you out of abysses too deep and too dark to traverse alone.

Filaments, glimpses, tendrils, striations, reverberations, lighted rays and luminescence of its presence you may have felt all around, but it took special effort on your part to put together its whole being almost like a jigsaw created out of awareness, knowledge, sincerity, kindness, curiosity, tender faith and a heart full of gratitude. When it rose up in the shape of a kind loving caring powerful being of infinite tenderness, you knew that in your heart of hearts you'd always been right - fairies and magic do exist!

You just had to keep the faith and light!




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WE Awards 2017


Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal

Awarded the WE Love & Inspiration Award, 2017

Mahabanoo is our greatest source of inspiration and strength. She infuses us with deep confidence just by her presence and all-embracing love, her feisty feminism and path-breaking forays into new lighted pathways...

Priya Sarukkai Chabria

Awarded the WE Light & Verse Award 2017.

Priya is a guiding light for us with her aesthetic for the sacred & the mundane, combining both with exquisite refinement. Her verse lets us soar...

Menka Shivdasani

Awarded the WE Strength & Solidarity Award 2017

Menka encourages with her strong sense of kinship and community, building bridges with her fiery poetry. She is a source of inspiration..

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Kamala Das Poetry Award Conferred on Poet Anna Sujatha Mathai on Second WE Anniversary

Kamala Das Poetry Award Conferred on Poet Anna Sujatha Mathai on Second WE Anniversary

Our second anniversary celebrated with the Kamala Das Poetry Award, the launch of our inaugural anthology ' Equiverse Space - A Sound Home in Words' in Mumbai & Delhi...

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Droplets - Ideas, Memories, Rain

Droplets - Ideas, Memories, Rain

Tribute, Poetry, Conversation, A Warm Gathering - Hosted by Dr. Smita Bahuguna Agarwal . Organised by Women Empowered-India (WE) in collaboration with Menka Shivdasani, Anju Makhija, Smita Agarwal.

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Editor Pens - Poetry Communities


  • 14/2/2017 12:00 AM
  • David Sassoon Library, Kalaghoda, Mumbai

Hope Street Poets at Kalaghoda Art Fest, 2017

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  • 16/12/2016 12:00 AM
  • Bombay University, Kalina, Mumbai

The Nissim Ezekiel Memorial held at Deptt of English, University of Bombay, Kalina Campus

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  • 10/11/2016 12:00 AM
  • Max Mueller Bhavan, K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • 15/10/2016 12:00 AM
  • Kitabkhana

Eunice D'Souza's 'Learn From the Almond Leaf' launched at Kitabkhana, amidst the love and reverence of her community of ex-students,, friends, poetry-lovers, admirers, well-wishers...

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  • 10/10/2016 12:00 AM
  • Nehru Centre, Worli, Mumbai

Poetry at India Art Festival, 2016, Mumbai

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  • 20/9/2016 12:00 AM
  • Kitabkhana, Fort, Mumbai

Poetry @Sangam with 100TPC presented a pluralistic evening of poetry, with English translations of Japanese, French, English, Urdu, Gujrati, Hindi, flowing together...

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  • 30/3/2016 12:00 AM
  • Kitabkhana, Fort, Mumbai

An Evening in Paris ! IWP (International Writers Program, IOWA), PEN, 100TPC & the US Consulate presented an evening of enchantment at Kitabkhana, with poetry, camaradarie and beautiful memories. Participants - Christpher Merrill, Sandra Alcosser, Adil Jussawalla, Ranjit Hoskote, Arvind K Malhotra, Mustansir Dalvi, Menka Shivdasani, Sampurna Chattarji, Rochelle Potkar, Jennifer Robertson, Anjali Purohit

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  • 25/3/2016 12:00 AM
  • US Consulate, Dosti House, BKC, Mumbai

Poetry Workshop at the American Library

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  • 14/3/2016 12:00 AM
  • Kitabkhana

Cappuccino Readings at Kitabkhana’s 5th Anniversary March 14, 2016 The soft pull of poetry pushes away darkness into remote corners, from where it even seems to highlight the glow emanating from words, from poetry.... This evening the glow touched everyone as accomplished poets got together to share thoughts on what the heart longs to hear, and only poets speak out with such honest abandon! Sedition, feminism, poetry, belonging, redemption, departures, made up a heady cocktail of subjects served up at the 'Celebrating Books with Poetry' evening at Kitabkhana, at their fifth anniversary. Cappuchino Readings joined in with seven gifted poets reading their works. Priya Sarukkai Chhabria, Bina Sarkar Ellias, Sudha Arora, Menka Shivdasani, Damini Kane, Gayatri Chawla and Anjali Purohit held us spellbound, as Smita Sahay expertly navigated the evening.

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  • 20/9/2015 12:00 AM
  • Kitabkhana

An empowering session of poetry and shared thoughts presented by the 100TPC and US Consulate Mumbai at Kitabkhana

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  • 12/2/2015 12:00 AM
  • David Sassoon Library, Kalaghoda, Mumbai

Hope Street Poets at Kalaghoda

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  • 15/11/2014 12:00 AM
  • Cache Art Gallery, Bandra, Mumbai

In her 10th solo exhibition, Smeetha presented selected works from her 'Universe Series along with a poetry installation featuring works/books by Taseer Gujral, Nabina Das, Nandita Bose. Poets from the newly formed 'Poetry Club Mumbai' came and read their poems to much admiration & love.

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Poets @WE


Poets, Artists. Writers, Performers  who have participated in WE Readings/ Poetry Calls/WE Anthology (Sept ’16 till date)
Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal Keki Daruwalla Sujatha Mathai Priya Sarukkai Chabria Kala Ramesh Menka Shivdasani Bina Sarkar Ellias Dr Santosh Bakaya Anju Makhija Anjali Purohit Pratibha Saraf Chitra Desai Jayashree Hari Joshi Steffen Horstmann Kalpna Singh-Chitnis Jael Uribe  Anil Menon Sucharita Dutta-Asane Kiranjeet Chaturvedi Vanessa Ohri Hemant Divate Smruti Divate Sanjeev Khandekar Sudeep Sen Onir
Sumana Roy Taseer Gujral Pervin Saket Rochelle Potkar Ila Joshi Vinita Agarwal Maya Sharma Sriram Neha Mishra Jha Mallika Bhaumik Lopa Banerjee Mehak Mirza Prabhu Shuchi Kapoor Ishmeet Nagpal Aekta Khubchanani Urna Bose Ruby Kapoor Gayatri Majumdar Jasmine Khurana Gunjan Pant Pooja Bhadange Pooja Mehta Shweta Markendeya Gayatri Chawla Jhilmil Breckenridge Sharon Irani Smita Sahay Nabina Das Ankita Shah Harnidh Kaur Prakriti Kargeti Mrinalini Harchandrai Amrietaa Arun Rochelle D’Silva Trupti Shetty Ramneek Singh Simar Singh Sudeep Pagedar Sanket Mhatre Jackie Thakkar Anish Vyavahare Amit Shankar Saha Kinshuk Gupta Madhu Shyam Sundar Sharma Swarada Bodas Priyal Panchal Nikita Parikh B Bhubeneswari Ash Kalim Rakhee Pant
Seventy poets are in our anthology, whose names will appear here soon.

WEOURSPACE


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WE have published our first anthology of creative writing in 2018, with the works of more than seventy poets and writers from many countries around the world. The anthology 'Equiverse Space - A Sound Home in Words' carries poetry, short story, micro fiction, essay, book excerpt and reviews. It has been edited by Kala Ramesh, Abha Iyengar, Taseer Gujral, Mohd. Farhan, with Smeetha Bhoumik as the Chief Editor.


Will You sky-ku ?


Will You sky-ku ?
Last year at the Times Lit Fest during December 2017, met an enchanting new idea - Cloud Appreciation! Presented by the founder of the society himself - Gavin Pretor-Pinney from the United Kingdom, it was a delightful session.  When I got back home and checked out the site, this section where they invite people to 'sky-ku' (a variation of haiku, the Japanese poetry form) really spoke to me, and am so happy to share it with you. This is for people all over the world who share their love for clouds and the sky.  
The aim is to unite cloud-lovers all over the world...

https://cloudappreciationsociety.org/take-part-in-skydayproject-and-sky-ku-this-september/   

Leaving you with a sky-walk...

Walking down the sky this afternoon
Met an old friend
Who lives on the moon…
Nice house,
Large garden, lots of space
‘No one ever comes here though’, she said
‘It’s the distance you know’
I nodded…
Then decided to stay to tea.
The view from up here is worth dying for
And so is the tea!
Ah! I could stay on, I thought…
Earth’s a speck down there
Enmeshed in its own intrigues
Unaware of the rising unrest on the moon
Slogans outside “ justice, justice…”
I sip the tea & crumble a cracker
Feeling immune.


Smeetha


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Forthcoming -Workshop


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Workshop with Arundhathi Subramaniam- Voice & Silence

  • Date: 7/2/2019 04:00 PM - 7/2/2019 08:00 AM
  • Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (Map)

Price: 250

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