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Bhumika R (Guest-Editor) teaches English in the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, IIT Jammu. Her areas of research interest include everyday life, contemporary literatures from Northeast India, Bhasha literatures, and memory studies. Besides her academic publications, she has also contributed to Cafe Dissensus Everyday, The Hindu and Deccan Herald. She also writes poetry and short fiction in English and some of her poems have been published in the Visual Verse. She is currently translating Mizo author Malswami Jacob’s novel Zorami into Kannada. She may be contacted at patrika.bhumika@gmail.com or bhumika.r@iitjammu.ac.in

Suranjana Choudhury (Guest-Editor) teaches literature at North Eastern Hill University, Shillong. Her essays and reviews have been published in different journals and magazines including Scroll.in, The Wire, Biblio, The Statesman, Café Dissensus, Humanities Underground, Coldnoon Travel Poetics and Elsewhere. She may be contacted at suranjanaz@gmail.com

Amit R. Baishya specializes in postcolonial literature and cultural studies. He teaches courses on postcolonial literature/theory, world literature, cinema, comic books, and popular culture (including courses on zombie cultures and mutants). He is currently completing a book manuscript on violence, terror, and survival in post-1980 fictions from northeast India. He also translates short stories and novels from Assamese to English.

Esther Syiem is Professor of English Literature at the North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong. She has been involved in the study of Khasi folk literature for more than a decade and has written on Khasi folklore, myth, and history. A bilingual writer and established poet, some of her publications include two collections of poetry: Oral Scriptings and Of Wit and Wisdom of Follies and Frailties. Other works include The Languages of Meghalaya (with G. N. Devy), Race of the Rivers, Oral Discourse in Khasi Folk Narrative, and a play in Khasi, Ka Nam. She has published with Orient Blackswan, Tulika, Easternbook Publishers and Writer’s Workshop.

KB Veio Pou teaches in the English Department at Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi, and is the author of Literary Cultures of India’s Northeast: Naga Writings in English (2015). He has a PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His area of interest includes Writings in English from the Northeast, Oral Tradition, Cultural Studies, Modernist and Post-colonial literature.

Laiamon Naomi Nengnong is from Shillong, Meghalaya. She finished her college education with a major in English from St. Mary’s College, Shillong and completed her Master’s degree in North Eastern Hill University. Apart from her interest in literature, she is also a pianist and music teacher, with a Grade 8 certificate from Trinity College, London. She also loves traveling and playing a few adventurous sports. She is dedicated to exploring pockets of the Khasi and Jaintia Hills that are well known to only locals of the different areas, especially for being the backdrop to the folktales and legends every Khasi child grew up on. Her other engagements include volunteering as an English teacher for the under-privileged students in a Free Tuition project by the Women’s organization of a local church. She is currently teaching English and Communication Skills at Synod College, Shillong.

Lalremtluangi, born and raised in the small hilly town, Lunglei, Mizoram, completed her Master’s Degree in English at North Eastern Hills University and has joined the PhD programme at the same university in February, 2020. With a few published work in different journals and magazines, she is undergoing a gradual process of mellowing her lifelong passion for literature.

Lede E Miki Pohshna is a PhD research scholar in the Department of English, North Eastern Hill university. His research interest is on Queer writings in general and South Asian Queer Fiction in particular. He enjoys writings that try to understand the human predicament and its darker side. He writes poems, short stories and is trying to complete a novel. Currently he divides his time between Shillong and Sohkha Mission, his native village.

Rongili Biswas is an economist by profession, and a musician and writer based in Kolkata. She is currently Associate Professor of Economics, West Bengal Education Service. She has published widely in political, development and public economics. She has recently completed an archival project on Hemango Biswas, Bhupen Hazarika, and the 1960s peace initiative in riot-torn Assam with the India Foundation for the Arts (IFA). This project is part of a larger collective she has been building on singer, composer and cultural activist Hemango Biswas over the past few years. She is trained in Indian classical and folk music and specializes in Bengali and Assamese folk forms. Her interests include protest music and songs of the Indian People’s Theatre Association. Rongili writes in both English and Bangla. She has a novel and a collection of short stories to her credit and has edited two books. She has been the recipient of ‘Katha’ award and the ‘Bangla Academy Shanti Saha’ award for fiction.

Sebanti Chatterjee worked on the choral traditions in Goa and Shillong as her central theme for her doctoral thesis, titled “Western Classical Music in Goa and Shillong: Exploring the Indigenous” at the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics. She has forthcoming publications (2020) based on her empirical research. Her specialization is Anthropology of Sound. She is also a storyteller. She has recently been awarded a joint IFA research grant with film maker, Soumik Mukherjee for working on a project related to her thesis topic. She is currently Assistant Professor of Sociology at Sharda University.

Z.D. Lalhmangaihzauva is a young academician from Mizoram in Northeast India. He completed his M.A in English from North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong and got his Ph.D. from Mizoram University, Aizawl, India. His doctoral thesis deals with violence in the works of Chris Abani, a writer from Nigeria who had settled in the United States. Apart from writing and publishing academic papers, he also translates from Mizo into English. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Saiha College. He is also keenly interested in environmental protection and has been involved with child protection.

Ananya S Guha was born and brought up in Shillong where he now lives. He writes poetry in English and is the author of eight collections. His poems have been published in several anthologies of Indian poetry in English. He holds a doctoral degree on the novels of William Golding and has worked for around 38 years as a teacher and academic administrator.

Gankhu Sumnyan teaches English at W. R. Govt. College, Deomali, Arunachal Pradesh. His poetry book, Old Friends’ Friend, was shortlisted for Satish Verma Young Writers’ Award 2015, organised by Muse India. His poems, “I Wish Love Were”, “Unconvincing Rain”, “Beauty-Body”, and “Depth of Sand”, were published in the Indian Literature journal in 2014. Apart from writing, he is stimulated by books, caffeine, and the hills.

Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih (Sohra, Meghalaya) writes poems, drama and fiction in Khasi (the language of his tribe) and English. His latest works include The Yearning of Seeds (HarperCollins), Time’s Barter: Haiku and Senryu (HarperCollins) and Around the Hearth: Khasi Legends (Penguin). His awards include a Tagore Fellowship (IIAS, Shimla, 2018), the first Veer Shankar Shah-Raghunath Shah National Award for literature (Madhya Pradesh, 2008) and the first North-East Poetry Award (Tripura, 2004). He teaches literature at North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong.

Lalnunsanga Ralte lives in Shillong, Meghalaya where he works as an Assistant Professor at Martin Luther Christian University. He is a member of the North East Writer’s Forum and has participated in various literary events. His poems have been published in various online magazines and anthologies. He was also part of the Poets Translating Poets project organised by the Goethe-Insitut, Mumbai and was invited to read his poems in a poetry festival in Germany.

Nabina Das is the author of three books of poetry – Sanskarnama (Red River, 2017), Into the Migrant City (Writers Workshop, 2013), and Blue Vessel (Le Zaporogue, 2012). A 2017 Sahapedia-UNESCO fellow, a 2012 Charles Wallace creative writing fellow (Stirling University), and a 2016 Commonwealth Writers feature correspondent, Nabina has an MFA from Rutgers University-Camden, and a Masters in Linguistics (JNU). Hailing from Guwahati, Assam, she is an NYS Summer Writing Conference and Wesleyan Writers Conference alumna, and also the co-editor of 40 under 40, an anthology of post-globalisation poetry (Poetrywala, 2016). A 2012 Sangam House fiction fellow, Nabina is the author of a short fiction collection titled The House of Twining Roses (LiFi, 2014) and a novel titled Footprints in the Bajra (Cedar Books, 2010), and teaches Creative Writing in classrooms and workshops.

Namrata Pathak teaches in the department of English, North-Eastern Hill University, Tura, Meghalaya. She has an M.Phil and PhD from English and Foreign Languages University (formerly, CIEFL), Hyderabad. She has four books to her credit, and her latest is forthcoming from Sahitya Akademi. Her articles and creative writing have found a place in Vayavya, Nezine, Café Dissensus, Northeast Review, Kitaab, Coldnoon, Setu, Indiana Voice Journal, Muse India, Raiot, The Tribe, Dead Snakes, The Thumb Print Magazine, Wagon Magazine, Bengaluru Review, to name a few. She has been a recipient of FCT-Ford Foundation Fellowship and UGC-Associateship by IIAS, Shimla. She is currently working on a book on drama/theatre and an anthology of poems from North-East India. Her debut collection of poems, That’s How Mirai Eats a Pomegranate, was brought out in 2018 by Red River. Her poems are included in the Sangam House Monsoon Issue: A Special on Poetry from North East, July, 2019 and anthologies forthcoming from Aleph and other publishing houses.

Rimi Nath is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, Meghalaya, India. Her research interests include Indian Writing in English, South Asian Literature, Partition Studies and Diaspora/Migration Studies. She is also engaged in creative writing and has published her poems in journals like Muse India, Yendai, Coldnoon, Setu, among others. She can be contacted at riminath664@gmail.com

Robin S Ngangom is a bilingual poet and translator who writes in English and Manipuri. He has three books of poetry in English and his poems have appeared in The New Statesman, Planet: the Welsh Internationalist, Verse and The Literary Review.

Shikhandin is the nom de plume of an Indian writer who writes for adults and children. Her published books, as Shikhandin, include Immoderate Men (Speaking Tiger), and Vibhuti Cat (Duckbill Books), with another forthcoming in 2020. A novel and a short story collection were published previously. Shikhandin’s accolades include, pushcart nominee by Aeolian Harp (USA) 2019, winner of 2017 Children First Contest curated by Duckbill in association with Parag an initiative of Tata Trust, first prize Brilliant Flash Fiction Contest 2019 (USA), runner up Half and One Short Story Competition (India), Shortlist Erbacce Poetry Prize (UK), 35th Moon Prize (Writing in a Woman’s Voice: USA), first runner up The DNA-OoP Short Story Contest 2016 (India), second Prize India Currents Katha Short Story Contest 2016 (USA), first prize Anam Cara Short Fiction Competition 2012 (Ireland), long list Bridport Poetry Prize 2006 (UK), finalist Aesthetica Poetry Contest 2010 (UK), Pushcart nominee by Cha: An Asian Literary Journal 2011 (Hong Kong). Shikhandin’s work has been published worldwide. Notably in HuffPost India, Scroll.in, Asia Literary Review (Hong Kong), Eclectica (USA), Per Contra (USA), Markings (Scotland), Himal Magazine (Kathmandu), Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine (UK), The Nth Position (UK), Mascara Literary Review (Australia), Cha: An Asian Literary Journal (Hong Kong), Stony Thursday (Ireland), The Little Magazine (India), Out of Print (India), Sybil’s Garage (USA), Pushing Out the Boat (Scotland), South: A Journal of Poetry (UK), Off the Coast (USA), Etchings (Australia), Going Down Swinging (Australia), Scoundrel Time (USA).

Sumana Roy is the author of How I became a Tree, a work of nonfiction, Missing: A Novel, Out of Syllabus: Poems and My Mother’s Lover and Other Stories, a collection of short stories. Her poems and essays have appeared in Granta, Guernica, LARB, Drunken Boat, the Prairie Schooner, Berfrois, the Common and other journals. She lives in Siliguri and Sonipat, where she teaches at Ashoka University.

Anand Sachin is a student of philosophy currently pursuing MPhil in Cinema Studies in JNU, New Delhi. His areas of interst include philosophy of shamanism, roots of tribal cultural philosophy. Heartfelt traveller, he finds inspiration in far away places from home, yet holds a passionate nostalgia for Home.

Pfokrelo Kapesa is a human rights activist and an aspiring story teller. She teaches Political Science at Tetso College, Dimapur, Nagaland, India.

Supromit Maiti teaches English literature at Raja N.L. Khan Women’s College, West Bengal. He is pursuing an M.Phil. at the Department of English, Vidyasagar University, working on the aspects of dream, desire and the unconscious in relation to the fictions by Japanese author Haruki Murkami.

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For more stories, read Café Dissensus Everyday, the blog of Café Dissensus Magazine.

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