Sunanda Mehta is a journalist with over twenty-five years of experience. She began her career at Femina and moved on to Magna Publishing, where she became the founder-editor of the Pune city magazine Citadel at the age of twenty-five. After this, she worked for the Indian Express for two decades, breaking many stories throughout her tenure. From 2010 to 2017, she was Resident Editor of the newspaper’s Pune edition, which made her the first woman editor of a national English daily in Pune.
A graduate of Lady Shri Ram College for Women where she studied History, Sunanda also has degrees in Education and Journalism. A former Chevening fellow, she has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Pune. Sunanda divides her time between Mumbai and Pune.
Vincy Quadros is a Konkani author, recipient of Bal Sahitya Puraskar of National Sahitya Akademi and Goa Konkani Akademi. He is also recipient of literary awards from Konkani Bhasha Mandal, Thomas Stephens Konkani Kendra and Dalgado Konknni Akademi. In all, he has penned down 30 books n different genres. He is versatile with Roman & Devnagri scripts of Konkani. Presently he is a Honorary Secretary of Dalgado Konknni Akademi (funded by Government of Goa). He has served Goa Konkani Akademi as Vice President and Konkani Bhasha Mandal as Secretary. He was also an Advisory Board Member for National Sahitya Akademi. He has presented several Research Papers at State & National level. In his home village of Raia, he actively participates in the field of education, sports & social fronts. He writes for Konkani newspapers & magazines besides All India Radio and TV channels. He is the Editor of Konkani Monthly Divine Voice from Kerala and Editorial Board member for For Mhoineachi Rotti (monthly magazine). He also takes part in debates on social and Konkani language issues and does the cover stories for Gulab, a monthly magazine in Konkani. He is an organiser, compere, translator and transliterator.
A young passionate entrepreneur and a prolific story-teller is what would best describe Mr Inacio A Fernandes. He comes with a rich IT experience, working with IT Majors like Wipro Infotech, CGI and OPSPL. He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Goa Institute of Management and Masters of Computer Application degrees to his credit. A vociferous reader and a budding author by passion and a techie by qualifications, Inacio inspires youngsters through his workshops and motivational talks to explore their imaginations and handholds them to into writing short stories in fiction. Inacio Fernandes is currently the CEO, and Founder Director of Criador Solutions and Curator of Novella Short Stories- an online portal for authors to publish their work in short story fiction. (https://novella.co.in)
Augusto Pinto is an Associate Professor of English at Dempo College in Goa. He is a book reviewer, essayist and translator from Konkani into English. He has translated several important Konkani writers over the last 30 years, most recently the short stories of Jayanti Naik in The Salt of the Earth (2017) and the poets Ramesh Veluskar, Soter Barreto and Vishnu Wagh in Goa: A Garland of Poems (2017). He is currently working on a book of plays on the eminent Goan dramatist Pundalik Naik. He is also a member of the Organising Committee of the Ambedkar Memorial Lecture Series that are conducted during GALF.
Krupa Ge is a writer and editor from Madras. Rivers Remember, her first book, on the floods of 2015 in Chennai, was published in June 2019 by Context. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Silverscreen.in. Her reportage and cultural writings have appeared in publications such as The Hindu, The Caravan, The Wire, Firstpost, Ladies Finger, The New Indian Express, etc, over the last eleven years. Her short fiction has appeared in Indian and international publications. She has a novel forthcoming in 2020.
Born c. 1949, Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, in postcolonial Ireland. Poet, tankaist, haikuist, novelist, essayist, playwright, author/translator of over 180 books, mostly in Irish (Gaelic). Member Aosdána (Irish academy of arts & letters). Former Chairman Poetry Ireland. Prolific translator into Irish of international poetry (among others Ko Un, Seamus Heaney, K. Satchidanandan, Rabindranath Tagore, Muhammad Iqbal, Hilde Domin, Peter Huchel etc.); plays (Beckett, Frisch, Yeats); songs (Bob Dylan, Kate Bush, The Pogues, Leonard Cohen, Bob Marley, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Nick Drake etc. He initiated the anthology Goa: A Garland of Poems, ed. Rochelle Potkar (The Onslaught Press). Rosenstock’s creative, collaborative work with visual artists and photographers has featured on many platforms, such as The Culturium: https://www.theculturium.com/author/gabriel-rosenstock/ His latest book is Walk with Gandhi, illustrated by Masood Hussain.
Saba Hasan is a noted contemporary artist with a diverse multimedia repertoire developed over twenty five years of highly distinguished practice. Saba has been nominated for the Celeste Contemporary Art Prize for her video La Verite/ Haqeeqat/ the Truth; she is the recipient of the French Government Cultural Fellowship, the Moscow Foto Award, the Raza National Award.
Her works have been exhibited at major international venues like the 55th International Venice Biennale, the Met Brauer Museum New York, the National Gallery of Art Colombo, The Assab One, Milan and the Hohenburg Castle Austria. Saba works in a plurality of media comprising photography, video art, book sculptures, paintings and sound installations spanning contemplative, conceptual ideas and a long engagement with organic materials. Her use of natural elements like the sun, sand, leaves, water, the Urdu script, and her voice make her work idiosyncratic, nuanced and powerful. In a subtle thoughtful tone she reminds us that human consciousness is capable of creating a reality which is not only beautiful but also filled with hope which is so integral to our fractured world.
Mona Zote is a poet living in Aizawl. Her poetry has appeared in various journals including the Cordite Poetry Review, Indian Literature, IQ Magazine, India International Centre Quarterly, Carapace, Sangam House as well as in anthologies such as Dancing Earth: An Anthology of Poetry from North-East India, the Oxford Anthology of Writings from North-East India, and The Borderlands of Asia: Culture, Place, Poetry.
R. Benedito Ferrão has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, N. America, and Oceania. He is an Assistant Professor of English and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies at The College of William and Mary and currently a Fulbright-Nehru Fellow at the Xavier Center of Historical Research. Curator of the 2017-18 exhibition Goa, Portugal, Mozambique: The Many Lives of Vamona Navelcar, he edited a book of the same title (Fundação Oriente 2017) to accompany this retrospective of the artist’s work. His scholarly writing appears in various international journals and edited books, including Research in African Literatures and Places of Nature in Ecologies of Urbanism (HKU Press 2017); his fiction and creative non-fiction can be read in Riksha, The Good Men Project, Mizna, The João Roque Literary Journal, and other publications.
Nishant Saldanha is an independent comics artist and filmmaker with degrees from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London) and the California Institute of the Art’s School of Film/Video (Los Angeles). This year, he became the first South Asian artist to be included in the prestigious Best American Comics anthology. After 5 years in Los Angeles, Nishant has moved back to his ancestral land, Goa to pursue an independent arts practice, working primarily in the medium of comics and book making, writing and photography. He self-publish his comic series Mr. Good Guy online.