My Projects & Publications
My work is forthcoming in Bluestockings, Heavy Locks, and Reveries & Rage.
I have created, presented, edited (or have otherwise participated or been featured in) the following literary, artistic and political projects:
aaduna, Four for the Fourth: A Retrospective [LINK]
- POEM: dusty blues
A Queer Disposal / Community Accountability via Social Media: An Investigation [LINK]
This in an ongoing project that I began conducting to present at the Five-College Film and Media Studies Conference at Smith College, though I hope to continue it elsewhere as well. For this project, I have received and continue to solicit submissions on marginalized people's (especially queer and trans* activists') experiences of accountability and disposability politics as they play out on social media. I presented a particular case study at the conference. This project is part of my ongoing work on the politics of safety, precarity in the context of marginalized communities, and the fraught issue of transformative justice in response to abuse.
Asian American Literary Review, Volume 7, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2016: Open in Emergency: Asian-American Mental Health [LINK]
- MICRO-ESSAYS: fuck normal
The Felt [LINK]
- POEM: & so i loved another white man
- POEM: How to Get Into a Psych Ward
Nilgiri Wagon [LINK]
- POEM: grief
- POEM: childhood memories
- POEM: nostalgia
Transforming Abuse: Western Mass QTPOC Perspectives on Abuse, Community Accountability, and Transformative Justice [LINK]
I conducted this project for the Trans Symposium at Hampshire College. I undertook a survey of perspectives on transformative justice and community accountability in response to abuse, as experienced by queer and trans(*) people of colour in Western Massachusetts. I then synthesized the responses and creative interpretations into paper collages, which I exhibited at the symposium. These collages can be viewed at the above link. At the symposium, I also had an open-format time period available for discussion of the issues presented in this project.
Voices de Queer Femmes, November 2016 Anthology [LINK]
- POEM: finding
- POEM: Femme and don't I know it
- POEM: bedroom strip club
Before I Leave, I Want You To See This, October 2016 Issue [LINK]
- INTERVIEW: Featured Author
Before I Leave, I Want You To See This, October 2016 Issue [LINK]
- POEM: for you & me & other qtpoc: [AUDIO]
Before I Leave, I Want You To See This, August 2016 Issue [LINK]
- POEM: lover, listen: [AUDIO]
Loculus Journal: A Dance Collective, Vol. 1 Issue 4: lock stock and barrel [LINK]
- COLLAGES: dance, parts 1 & 2 (made in collaboration with Anyazelie Zéphyaire)
Rethinking 'Safe Spaces' [LINK]
This is a self-published project that addresses the complex theoretical, personal, political, practical, intersectional and ethical issues involved in attempting to create 'safe spaces' for marginalized people. Much of my undergraduate academic focus was devoted to this topic, culminating in an independent study I took with Professor Karen Remmler at Mount Holyoke College in Spring 2016. I also presented an introduction of this project at the Senior Symposium in April 2016.
traumopheliac (a collaborative project) [LINK]
This is a self-published project my classmates and I compiled for our class, Feminist & Queer Disability Politics, with Professor Eli Vitulli at Mount Holyoke College, in Spring 2016. It consists of poetry and multimedia work addressing intersecting themes of trauma, sexuality, and disability. My specific works that appeared in this project are listed as follows.
Disabled and Neurodivergent People in Western Massachusetts: Experiences of Alienation and Isolation [LINK]
I conducted this project for the second iteration of the annual Five-College Disability Studies Conference at Smith College. I undertook a survey of perspectives on alienation and isolation experienced by disabled and neurodivergent people in Western Massachusetts. I then exhibited the responses in poster format at the conference. As a creative extension, I also made paper collages to accentuate the posters. Both collages and responses are available at the above link. At the conference, I also led a peer-based group discussion on the relevant issues, in which many important activist and general perspectives were represented.
Koi Lakeer Sach Nahi Hoti: Poems by Laltu aka Dr. Harjinder Singh (my father)
- COVER ART: Love by me and Vidhi Maheshwari
Asian American Literary Review, Volume 6, Issue 1, Spring 2015: Trading Futures [LINK]
- POEM: assimilation [AUDIO]
Right Click Queer by Caitlin Shea [LINK]
I volunteered to be a model for Caitlyn Shea's photography project, which was designed to showcase the variety of queer people's presentations and expressions in the Pioneer Valley, MA.
Loculus Journal: A Dance Collective, Vol. 1 Issue 1: Where the Knife Hits the Wall [LINK]
- CONTRIBUTING EDITOR: of Molly McBride's poem, interior of a dance
Self-Care for Skeptics: A Feminist Manifesto [LINK]
- MULTIMEDIA BLOG EXCERPTS: My Self-Care Confessions project
Five College Disability Conference at Smith College: Disability & Fashion feature by Blythe P. Newton-Haynes [LINK]
I did an interview with Blythe P. Newton-Haynes about my relationship with disability and fashion. She also photographed me. Mine and other interviews/photographs were showcased in posters at this conference.
Calling Us Crazy: Psychiatric Survivors' Stories on Forced Institutionalization: zine made by the D Center at the University of Washington
- POEM: How I Learned To Institutionalize Myself On Purpose [AUDIO]
Vagabonds: Anthology of The Mad Ones, Volume 4, Issue 1 [LINK]
- POEM: i wish we were in the same psychward [AUDIO]
Hindi Translation of Heart of Darkness by Laltu, aka Dr. Harjinder Singh (my father)
- COVER ART: My painting, The Garden Of Eden is featured.
- INTERVIEW: (I'm "Woman B")
- FULL INTERVIEW: [LINK]
Window Cat Press zine, Volume 1 / Winter 2014 [LINK]
- POEM: middle class fantasy world [AUDIO]
(parenthetical zine) by the words(on)pages press, Issue 4 / November 2014 [LINK]
- POEM: fly like cathedrals [AUDIO]
The Outrider Review, Welcome Sensibilities, Volume 1, Issue 4 [LINK]
This project consisted of the stories of many USAmerican women's experiences with mental illness. My part involved video montages of myself juxtaposed with audio performances of (parts of) my poems.
- POEM: Sad Girls
- POEM: crazy psycho bitch
- POEM: at what point
- POEM: ode
Displace Me Project [LINK]
This is a self-published project I compiled for my class, Dynamics of Displacement, with Professor Jill Lewis at Hampshire College, in Spring 2013. It consists of family's and friends' stories, as well as my own.
aaduna, Second Anniversary issue, Spring 2013 [LINK]
BlazeVOX, Spring 2013 [LINK: PDF]
Everyday Abolition [LINK]
- ARTICLE: You have to face the monster within you...
cosmoqueer zine, The Femme Issue [LINK: PDF]
I used a pseudonym, areyana, for this publication.
- POEM: this is not an advertisement [AUDIO]
Positive Spaces Anthology, a collaboration between Kinaara literary magazine and Open Spaces India [LINK]
- POEM: viscera [AUDIO]
Art Exhibitions at Kalakriti Art Gallery and Oakridge International School
My paintings were included with poems of the same titles in an exhibition of artwork by students at Oakridge at Kalakriti Art Gallery in Hyderabad. Later, I also had another exhibition of my artwork at Oakridge for my International Baccalaureate (IB) Visual Arts final exam.
- POEM/PAINTING: Indian Kiss
- POEM/PAINTING: Movie Theatre
- POEM/PAINTING: Stillborn
- POEM/PAINTING: Eye of the Tornado
- POEM/PAINTING: Cliched Life
- POEM/PAINTING: The Garden of Eden
- POEM: ?? (title unremembered)
Get Lit! Spokane Poetry Festival [LINK]
I performed a poem that won the 2nd Prize for Poetry in this poetry festival.
- POEM: She (?)
Unfortunately, this journal no longer exists.
- SHORT STORY: Re-encounter
- SHORT STORIES: ?? (titles unremembered)
- POEMS: ?? (titles unremembered)