Muse India’s Contributing Editor for Diasporan Writings
Usha Akella has authored four books of poetry. She read with a group of eminent South Asian Diaspora poets at the House of Lords in June 2016. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Creative Writing at Cambridge University, UK.
She was selected as a Cultural Ambassador for the City of Austin for 2015. She has been published in numerous literary journals, and has been invited to prestigious international poetry festivals in Slovakia, Nicaragua, Macedonia, Colombia, Slovenia, India etc. She is the organizer of ‘Matwaala’ the first South Asian Diaspora Poets Festival in the US. She has won literary prizes (Nazim Hikmet award, Open Road Review Prize and Egan Memorial Prize), and enjoys interviewing artists, scholars and poets for reputed magazines. She has written a few quixotic nonfiction prose pieces published in The Statesman, and India Currents.
She is the founder of the Poetry Caravan in New York and Austin which takes poetry readings to the disadvantaged in women’s shelters, senior homes, hospitals. Several hundreds of readings have reached these venues via this medium. The City of Austin proclaimed January 7th as Poetry Caravan Day.
(Updated on Jan 23, 2017)