Shinie Antony has authored short-story books The Orphanage For Words, Barefoot and Pregnant and novels When Mira Went Forth and Multiplied, A Kingdom for his Love. She has compiled the anthology Why We Don’t Talk. Co-founder of the Bangalore Literature Festival, she won the Commonwealth Short Story Asia region prize in 2003 for her story A Dog’s Death. Her novel The Girl Who Couldn't Love will be out this year.
Hindi Poet. Author of three books. Editor of Karnakavita, an anthology of Hindi poets based in Bangalore, published by Atta Galatta. Translator of American historian Howard Zinn’s plays into Hindi, currently under publication. Researching Asian poetry, and translating selected poets to Hindi. Editor at YourStory. Hindi Editor at Indiaree, a Kolkata-based multilingual literary magazine. Political columnist for the London-based NRI magazine, which dedicates itself to the vast majority of Indians living abroad.
Armed with a Master's degree in Sociology from the Bombay University, Amruta Dongray worked in the tourism industry for eight years. She continues to work full-time as a mother to two human and three canine children. She considers herself as an "accidental poet". She started writing poetry in 2010. Her first book PASTPRESENT saw its release in 2013. Her poems are her take on the dynamics in society and are generally very short. She now also enjoys writing longer poems which read like stories. Her second book is due for release this year. She co-hosts an evening of poetry every month at Atta Galatta.
Maitreyee B Chowdhury is a poet and writer, with two books to her credit- Where Even the Present is Ancient: Benaras (poetry) and Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen: Bengali Cinema’s First Couple (Non fiction). Her book on Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen was shortlisted for the Crossword Award ( Nonfiction category) in 2013. Her work has appeared in Scroll, Antiserious, The Four Quarter's Magazine, Sangamhouse, Swarajya, The Brown Critique, The North East Review, Himal South Asian, YOMO Art( Berlin), Gallery-2000(Washington), amongst others. She is also the fiction and poetry editor of The Bangalore Review, a literary magazine from Bangalore.
Shikha Malaviya (www.shikhamalaviya.com) is an Indo-American poet & writer. Her book, Geography of Tongues, was published in December 2013 and featured in several literary festivals. Shikha is a co-founder of The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, a literary press dedicated to new poetic voices from India. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and featured in Prairie Schooner, Chicago Quarterly Review, TAB-The Journal of Poetry & Poetics, Drunken Boat & other fine journals. Shikha was a featured TEDx speaker in GolfLinks, Bangalore, in 2013, where she gave a talk on poetry. She has been a two-time mentor for AWP's Writer to Writer Mentorship Program & was selected as Poet Laureate of San Ramon, CA, 2016. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area, but calls Bengaluru home.
Subodh and Lakshmi are co-founders of Atta Galatta, a Bengaluru-based bookstore with a focus on Indian, vernacular writing and is a venue for literary, art and cultural events.
Since its inception 4 years ago, the bookstore has hosted over 500 events, including book launches, poetry readings, theatre performances, art shows, screenings, storytelling sessions and workshops.
The bookstore has partnered with festivals such as the Bangalore Literature Festival and the Lekhana Writers Festival as their official bookstore.
In 2015, Atta Galatta partnered with the Bangalore Literature Festival to present, for the first time, The Atta Galatta Bangalore Literature Festive Book Prize in three categories – Fiction English, Non-Fiction English and Literary Achievement in Kannada. The annual prize carries a cash component of Rs. 2 lakhs and a specially commissioned trophy.
Atta Galatta has ventured into publishing, and their first publication Karnakavita, an anthology of Hindi and Urdu poetry by 30 Bengaluru-based poets, was launched in August 2015.
Prashant Sankaran stepped off the hectic corporate treadmill after 25 years on it, to mentor small entrepreneurs and serve on the advisory boards of a few not-for-profit and for-profit organisations. He also dabbles in photography, performing arts and film making. He is currently working on his first book. He blogs at: Shoonyata.
Performance storyteller and theatre practitioner Vikram Sridhar believes in storytelling as a strong medium for conservation, which is highly relevant in the modern context. He combines his work and interest in theatre and conservation in his storytelling. He is the co-founder of Tahatto, a Bangalore-based theatre entity and Around The Story Tree is his initiative to connect the modern-day listener to the environment around through the power of stories through arts.