Rochelle Potkar

Rochelle Potkar is an alumna of Iowa’s International Writing Program and a Charles Wallace Writer’s fellow, at the University of Stirling. She is the author of Four Degrees of Separation and Paper Asylum – shortlisted for the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2020; the co-author of The Coordinates of Us/ सर्व अंशांतून आपण – cross-translation of English/Marathi poetry; and her most recent short story collection Bombay Hangovers. Her poetry film Skirt was showcased on Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland. Her poetry readings also feature on Disney+ Hotstar/Shorts-English. Her first screenplay ‘A Brown coat’ was an NFDC India Screenwriter's Lab 2018 selection and a quarter-finalist at the Atlanta Film Festival Screenwriting competition 2020. Widely anthologized, she has read her work at all leading literature festivals of India, Bali, Iowa, Macao, Stirling, Glasgow, Hongkong, Ukraine, Hungary, Bangladesh, Dubai, and the Gold Coast, Australia. Her writings have been translated into Arabic, Hungarian, French, Spanish, Hindi, Marathi, and German. Her poems To Daraza won the 2018 Norton Girault Literary Prize UK, and The girl from Lal Bazaar was shortlisted at the Gregory O’ Donoghue International Poetry Prize, Ireland 2018. As a critic, her reviews have appeared in Wasafiri, Sahitya Akademi’s Indian Literature, Asian Cha, and Chandrabhaga. Outreach-wise, she is an industry expert on syllabi boards (English Lit.) of two top Mumbai universities. She was invited as a creative-writing mentor to Iowa’s prestigious International Writing Programs, Summer Institute 2019, and Between the Lines 2022. She conducts regular haiku/haibun/free verse workshops with the Himalayan Writing Retreat. Her 6th screenplay-in-progress got her selected for the Writer's Ink Screenwriting Lab 2023. Her latest novel The Terracotta Goddesses is due to release this year.

എഴുത്തുകാരി. 1979-ല്‍ മുംബൈയില്‍ ജനം. റോച്ചല്ലെ പോത്ക്കറിന്റെ ദി അരിത് മാറ്റിക് ഓഫ് ബ്രെസ്റ്റ്‌സ് ആന്റ് അദര്‍ സ്റ്റോറീസ് എന്ന ആദ്യപുസ്തകം 2014-ലെ ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ബുക്ക് ഓഫ് ദി ഈയര്‍ അവാര്‍ഡിന്റെ ചുരുക്കപ്പട്ടികയില്‍ ഇടം പിടിച്ചു. ഫോര്‍ ഡിഗ്രീസ് ഓഫ് സെപ്പറേഷന്‍, ബോംബെ ഹാങ്ഓവേഴ്‌സ്, പേപ്പര്‍ അസലൈം തുടങ്ങിയ കൃതികള്‍ രചിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്. 2023-ലെ റൈറ്റേഴ്‌സ് ഇങ്ക് സ്‌ക്രീന്‍ റൈറ്റിങ് ലാബില്‍ റോച്ചല്ലെ പോത്ക്കറിന്റെ തിരക്കഥ തെരഞ്ഞെടുക്കപ്പെട്ടിട്ടുണ്ട്.