Arjun Rajendran│Founder and Curator
Arjun Rajendran is the author of SNAKE WINE (Les Éditions du Zaporogue, 2014), The Cosmonaut in Hergé’s Rocket (Paperwall, 2017) and a chapbook, Your Baby Is Starving (Aainanagar/VAYAVYA, 2017). Arjun was the Charles Wallace Fellow in Creative Writing at The University of Stirling, Scotland in 2018. He is the Poetry Editor of The Bombay Literary Magazine. His third book, One Man: Two Executions, is forthcoming from Westland in 2020. Arjun is the founder of TQT, a poetry workshop that is an answer to the great pandemic.
Sivakami Velliangiri is a senior poet, born in Madras and brought up in Trivandrum, and now living in Chennai. When Sivakami Velliangiri was Sivakami Ramanathan, she published her poems in Youth Times. After coming to Chennai she has been published in various literary journals. Professor Srinivasa Iyengar included her among the women poets in his ’History of Indian Writing in English’ (1980). She is a founding member and Co-Curator at TQT. Her chapbook In My Midriff was published by Lily Literary Review online. How We Measured Time (Paperwall, 2019) is her debut poetry book.
Shobhana Kumar has two books of poetry and six works of non-fiction covering industrial and corporate histories. She works in the spaces of education, communications and social work. She is Associate Editor of Sonic Boom and its imprint, Yavanika Press. She is deeply influenced by haikai writing and her book of haibun, A Sky Full of Bucket Lists, is forthcoming by Red River. She hopped on to The Quarantine Train in search of a community and has found kindred spirits amongst its deeply committed writers and extraordinary people.
Aswin Vijayan│Managing Editor
Aswin Vijayan is an Assistant Professor at the Zamorin’s Guruvayurappan College, Calicut and has an MA in Poetry from the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University Belfast. His poems have been published in The Bombay Literary Magazine, Verse of Silence, The Tangerine, and Coldnoon among others. He is a Guest Editor for Nether Quarterly’s revival issue. Aswin joined TQT in search of a community of poets. He is currently part of the core team as the Managing Editor.
Pervin Saket│Managing Editor
Pervin Saket is the author of the novel Urmila and of a collection of poetry A Tinge of Turmeric. Her novel has been adapted for the stage, featuring classical Indian dance forms of Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Odissi. Her work has been featured in The Indian Quarterly, The Joao-Roque Literary Journal, Paris Lit Up, Borderless Journal, The Madras Courier, Cold Noon, Breaking the Bow and others. She is co-founder of the annual Dum Pukht Writers’ Workshop held at Pondicherry, India. Pervin is excited to contribute to TQT’s vision of a community of poets dedicated to the craft of writing.
Devanshi Khetarpal│Translations Coordinator
Devanshi Khetarpal is from Bhopal, India, and is a BA-MA candidate in Comparative Literature specializing in Italian Studies at New York University. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Inklette Magazine, the host of Ferrante Fever: an Elena Ferrante reading group, and an Outreach Intern for Fledgling Writing Workshop. Her poetry collection, Small Talk, was published by Writers Workshop in 2019, and her writing has been published or is forthcoming in nether, The Bombay Literary Magazine, Scroll and Diacritics among others. She knows English, Hindi, Italian and Punjabi. Devanshi currently lives in Manhattan, New York, and is a passionate runner. Website: www.devanshikhetarpal.co.
Kinjal Sethia is a freelance feature writer, based in Pune, mostly covering topics from culture and creativity. With a master’s degree in Industrial Psychology from Fergusson College, Pune University, she has been working as a freelance content creator for various organisations, including the editorial team at Agrahyah, a voice technology firm in Mumbai, and Entertainment Society of Goa’s annual IFFI (International Film Festival Of India) newsletter The Peacock. She contributes features to Pune Mirror edition of Times of India.
Prashant Parvatneni │Allied Arts Coordinator
Prashant lives in Bangalore, writes poetry, and teaches cinema and art. He won the Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize, 2019. His creative and critical writing has appeared in Seminar, The Bangalore Review, and Deep Focus Cinema among others. Prashant works with the Kabir Project and is part of an arts collective called brown-study works. For him, TQT opens up a space for experimenting with the art of writing, in a collective manner with peers of poetry, and to play with its possibilities – both aesthetic and political.
Anesce Dremen│International Coordinator
Anesce Dremen is a U.S. poet, travel blogger, and aspiring novelist. A first generation college student and domestic violence survivor, she studied in four cities in China (Xi’an, Beijing, Chengdu, and Suzhou) with the support of the Critical Language Scholarship and the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. She graduated from Carthage College with degrees in Chinese and English literature. Her bilingual work has been featured in Xi’an Daily, Shanghai Poetry Labs, T Ching, Global Tea Hut, Persephone’s Daughters, and Tiny Spoon, among others. She is a Fulbright ETA in India. Anesce is often found with a tea cup in hand, traveling between the U.S., China, and India. She is the international coordinator of The Quarantine Train. Her writing can be found @WritersDremen or on neverthelessaway.wordpress.com
Abbas Bagasrawala│Funds Manager
Abbas Bagasrawala is a writer of poetry, fiction, restaurant reviews and curiously long surnames, especially his own. TQT for him represents an opportunity for a tête-à-tête with diversity—through an interaction with poetry and the people behind the poetry. He’s been published in several magazines and periodicals notable of which is The Bombay Literary Magazine for fiction and poetry. He’s also an alumnus of the prestigious Dum Pukht writing workshop for fiction.
Soni Somarajan│Creative Head
Soni Somarajan is a poet, copywriter, editor, and content consultant. His poetry and writing have featured in anthologies, magazines, and newspapers including North East Review, Muse India, Kitaab, The Bangalore Review, New Indian Express, Marie Claire, Muse India, Madras Courier, Alipore Post, Samyukta Poetry, Bengaluru Review, and The Bombay Literary Magazine. He lives in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. First Contact, his debut collection of poetry, was published by Red River in 2020.
Arathy Asok’s debut collection Lady Jesus and Other Poems is described by Journal of Commonwealth Literature as “resistance poetry with a sharp edge”. Her poetry installation Word Me Out was showcased at the South Indian Poetry Carnival, Kerala. She is a bilingual writer and was featured poet at The Blue Nib Magazine (Issue 37, Ireland) and at Poethead, Index of Women Poets, Ireland. Recently a short story was included in the anthology One Surviving Story (icoe press, Australia). Her articles have appeared in The Hindu Blink and elsewhere. Arathy is moderator at The Quarantine Train.