Hi and welcome! I’m Prasanta, a writer, poet, and artist, and mom of three fabulous kids. I’m a big fan of reading, chai, and popcorn, and of course, writing. When I’m not writing, I’m usually thinking about writing. I have been blogging and posting online here for 12 years and I am a member of the Redbud Writers Guild.
I was born under an Asian sun, raised in the Appalachian foothills in the south, and I now live in the Upper Midwest, digging out of snow piles all winter long. If someone asks, I consider the south “home”, as it is where I spent most of my formative years, but to be honest, the answer to that question is truly complex and layered. I no longer have my southern accent, but make no mistake, it comes right back when I talk to someone from the south. Ever hear an Indian gal with a southern accent? Come on over to my front porch. : ) I’ll make you chai (or coffee, I like that, too), and we’ll talk about all of the things.
I write about culture, identity, belonging, race, and what it feels like to be an outsider, and I am passionate about making the way for diverse voices. I occasionally write about parenting and food allergies, and I’m fascinated with the intersection between science and spirituality. I like to call myself a life-long learner because there is so much to know in this amazing, broken, and beautiful world, and so much I don’t know.
I wrote my first poem when I was in first grade, and well, never stopped writing. I write nonfiction and poetry, and one day, I’d like to try fiction.
I am a regular contributor at The Contemplative Writer and The Mudroom Blog, and have been published at Propel Women, (in)courage, The Redbud Post, The Mudroom, The Perennial Gen, Relief Journal, Tweetspeak Poetry, Red Tent Living, Barren Magazine, Silver Birch Press, and more.
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“Poetry is life distilled.” – Gwendolyn Brooks
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou
“To survive, you must tell stories.”
– Umberto Eco
“A poet’s work … to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it from going to sleep.” – Salman Rushdie
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