Our Team

Our team is a group of poets and artists, who work honorary for the kritya fest.

Babitha Marina Justin is a poet, artist and academic from Kerala, South India and a Pushcart Prize nominee, 2018. Her poems have appeared in national and international journals and magazines. Her first collection of poetry, Of Fireflies, Guns and the Hills, was published by the Writers Workshop in 2015 and the second collection, I Cook my Own Feast, was published in 2019.




Kamayani Vashisht- teaches English at a Government College in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. She thinks poetry as a friend that cheers her darkest moments. Her   area of interest has been a feminist understanding of fantasy, especially in fairy tales. She has two published books: The Witch must Die and Other Poems (Poetry), 2019,Dioramas of Girlhood, 2016




Smitha Sehgal is a corporate legal professional who celebrates law and literature with equal zest. She is a bilingual poet who writes in English and Malayalam. She is recipient of the Reading Hour Short Story Prize, 2015. Her poems have appeared in three anthologies of English Poetry: ‘Dance of the Peacock, ‘Suvarnarekha and “40 Under 40: An Anthology of Post-Globalization Poetry.



Shelly Bhoil is an Indian writer and scholar, living in Brazil. Her publications include An Ember from Her Pyre (Writers Workshop, India, 2016), (co-editor) Tibetan Subjectivities on the Global Stage (Lexington Books, US, 2018), (editor) New Narratives of Exile Tibet (Lexington Books, 2020), and Preposição de entendimento (Urutau, Brazil, forthcoming). Shelly is the co-founder and managing editor of Yeshe: A Journal of Tibetan Literature, Arts and Humanities.






Usha Rani Rao is a poet, critic, translator and professor from Karnataka, India. She has two poetry collections and one literary criticism to her credit. She has translated two books (Kannada to Hindi and vice versa) and has edited 5 books. She has been awarded with “Anand Rishi Sahitya Puraskar”.




Pooja Priyamvada is an author, columnist, translator, online content & Social Media consultant and poet. Her poetry has been published at several leading global and national portals, anthologies and journals in English and Hindi, and has also been translated to other Indian languages. As a poet, she represents the chaotic and uncertain times  She has translated A Night in the Hills, a collection of short stories by Manav Kaul published by Westland Books in 2019 and Caregivers’ Handbook for Down’s Syndrome published by Sangati Foundation in 2021.




Mandakini Pachauri is a poet and creative non-fiction writer of Indian origin, living at the edge of the Viennese Forest. She writes in English as well as in German and Hindi. She has been published in Words and Worlds Magazine (PEN Austria), World Literature Today, Berfrois Journal and most recently in Setu Journal. Currently, she is working on a cross-media book of poetry and photography as well as a literary correspondence in collaboration with other artists and writers.




Shail Raghuvanshi is a poet, freelance journalist, editor and artist. She has around 30 years of writing experience for newspaper, magazine, radio, television and internet. Her poems, short stories and articles have been published in leading magazines, journals, e-books and anthologies. Poetry, she believes is the connecting link between loving and living, strife and marching ahead and that little dot of survival in the black hole of existence.


Mita Das is a poet, story writer, critic, translator ( Hindi to Bangla and vice versa), editor, and activist from Bhilai ( Chattishgarh) India. Her poetry has been published at several leading global and national portals, anthologies, and journals in Bangla and Hindi and has also been translated by her in other languages. She has edited 10 books. She has been awarded “Ravindra Sur Samman “, Rastra Bhaskar Prachar Prashar “Mahatma Gandhi ” Samman, ” Prem Chandra Agasdiya Samman “. 



Brajesh Singh– is a writer, poet and translator, Postgraduate in Law Management from Lucknow University, India. He has worked with the editorial team of Kritya International Poetry Festival 2021, currently, he is working in UP State Government.