The list of Southlit writers September 2014 is alphabetical by first name.
Abdul Wakil Sulamal Shinwari was born in Haska Maina district of Nangarhar Province in 1964. He got his elementary and secondary education in Jalalabad. Then he was sent for higher education to the former Soviet Union. He obtained his masters degree in Military Pedagogy from the former Soviet Union. He returned to Afghanistan in 1989. Shinwari worked as an instructor in various military institutes of the Ministry of Defense, Afghanistan.
In 1994 he worked as a journalist with the “Writers Union of Free Afghanistan” in Peshawar. In 1995 he quit this job and went to the Slovak Republic and later on moved to United Kingdom.
Wakil Shinwari has written a number of academic, research, analytical, political and literary essays, which have been published in various journals in and outside Afghanistan.
Shinwari knows the Russian and Slovak languages very well. He is well versed in the Dari language, while his mother tongue is Pashto. He has to his credit two books of short stories in Pashto namely Old Castle and Fifty Million. The same twelve short stories in this book were also translated into Urdu by the same translator. Nowadays he is working on his novel and a collection of dramas.
Arif Ahmad is a Pakistani American Physician in practice in USA. He is also a Muslim. With this background, he often finds himself on the forefront and several hot seats all at one time. It also provides for him a platform to tackle a variety of today’s relevant topics. He emotes from the heart, big and powerful. He began writing in 2012.
Besides on his Facebook page, Twitter, CNN iReport and Tumblr his writing is also available at his blog: www.arifahmadmd.blogspot.com
Athena has been writing poetry for as long as she can remember. She took to prose when the voices in her head wanted a larger platform,preferably without scansion. She enjoys gourmet food, crisp mountain air and the smell of books. She currently works as an editor for a publishing house based in New Delhi.
Hailing from Kathmandu, Nepal; Civa Bhusal, 21, is a student of Computer Engineering and he loves writing poetry and fiction, in both Nepali and English. His works have been published in The Kathmandu Post, The Applicant, The Writer’s Asylum and The New Asian writing.
Iftekhar Sayeed teaches English. He was born and lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has contributed to The Danforth Review, Axis of Logic, Enter Text, Postcolonial Text, Southern Cross Review, Opednews.com, Left Curve, Mobius, Erbacce, Down In The Dirt, The Fear of Monkeys and other publications. He is also a freelance journalist. He and his wife love to tour Bangladesh.
Jackie Griffiths has a degree in Psychology and computing and an MA in Psychoanalytic Studies. In 2003 she founded an online copywriting business providing content for websites, print, and digital media, before selling the business in 2010 to concentrate on writing novels and short stories. She has self-published ‘Ox Herding…’ through Amazon, and is hoping it will get picked up by a publisher or agent. She is now starting work on her next novel – a full length story around the theme of unrequited love and longing.
Jude Chaminda Perera
Jude Chaminda Perera, is a CPA born in Sri Lanka and currently residing in Millpark, Melbourne. His imagination is fired by the colourful madness of an Asian tropical Isle and the more sedate change of pace in Down Under. His short fiction pieces have made appearances in Fiction 365, Hackwriters and The Fringe Magazine. His harrowing travel escapades have featured in the popular online travel magazine Travelmag.
R. Bremner of Glen Ridge, NJ, has worked as a cab driver, a truck unloader, a computer programmer, and a vice-president at Citibank. He is widely published, including International Poetry Review and many other magazines, ten ebooks, and two print books. His latest poetry ebooks are You are once again the stranger and Poems for the Narrow, available at Amazon, BN, Itunes, and Kobo. He has travelled extensively, especially to Sri Lanka, birthplace of his wife and home of his in-laws.
You can read his complete bio and bibliography at http://www.writers.net/writers/110743
Sreyash Sarkar , is a poet, a qualified painter, a practising Hindustani Classical musician and an aspiring Electrical Engineer.Educated in Kolkata and Bangalore, he has been a student correspondent at The Statesman, Kolkata from his school, South Point. In 2012, in an international poetry competition organized in memoir of Yeats, his poem was shortlisted among 40 other poets from all over the world. His interview was published in the ‘The Arty Legume’, where he was asked to speak on cubism, existentialism in art and intrusion in a painting. He has been extensively featured in “The Gooseberry Bushes”, ” Muses”, ” The Literary Jewels”, “Tagore for us”, ” The Country Cake-Stall” , ” The Orange Orchard” etc. Besides, being a freelance writer for several magazines, he is the editor-in-chief of Kalomer Kalomishak, a bilingual magazine, which he founded in 2013.
Sumant Poddar is based in Calcutta, India. He is primarily a businessman who has interest in writing and reading. He has completed his Masters in Commerce and is a qualified Chartered Secretary from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. Writing came to Sumant at a very young age but owing to academic pressure and family issues, he could not complete his book ‘One Amongst Us’ then. However, in 2009, after his sister Nina’s death, he finally completed the book and dedicated the same to her. Sumant currently lives with his family in Calcutta, India. He is a sports lover and loves playing cricket with his son, Anuj.
Tse Hao Guang
Hao Guang is interested in form and formation, creativity and quotation, lyrics and line breaks. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming inQLRS, Prairie Schooner, Tincture, Softblow and Third Coast. He has published a chapbook, hyperlinkage, with Singapore-based Math Paper Press, and is working on a full-length collection.