The Kali Project by Indie Blue Publishing, Finalist at the 15th National Indie Excellence Book Awards (NIEA), was conceptualized by Megha Sood and Candice Louisa. It is born from a deep appreciation for Indian women authors and seeks to introduce to the Western readers those talents within India who speak with the same fierce voice and share the same goal of equality and an end to oppression.
It's truly an honor to be featured in this ambitious international poetry anthology alongside some of the finest contemporary Indian women poets—my heartfelt gratitude to the fiercely feminist team of "The Kali Project" for including my voice. The breathtakingly beautiful book cover has been designed by Mitch Green.
Indian writing has a gravitas and a brutal honesty that has existed for millennia, influencing poets from around the world.
Poetry lovers may be familiar with how gifted Indian writers are, but an entire collection of women writers from India sharing their experiences is a powerful cohesion of all aspects of oppression and defiance.
From the very young to experienced, renowned writers, The Kali Project has brought together the voices of Indian women speaking their truths. Be it infanticide, family violence, the emerging LGBTQ community in India, or the marital inequity Indian women face, these struggles are penned in exquisite poetry to enlighten and bring awareness.
In times where Indian women continue to be attacked in the news, this is not only relevant but has a long history, which is explored and illustrated by their emergence on the world stage.
India is set to become the largest populated subcontinent in the world, and they already influence the West enormously in their art and eloquence of feeling and expression.
Western readers can now appreciate an entire anthology devoted to Indian female poets and their courageous voices rising as one for equality and respect.
The Kali Project speaks to Indian women’s growing influence and power in the world; they are truly a force to be reckoned with.