Anita Nahal, Ph.D., CDP is a professor, poet, flash fictionist, and children’s writer. She teaches at the University of the District of Columbia, Washington DC. Previously she’s worked at Howard University, George Mason University, Binghamton University, Chicago School of Professional Psychology-DC Campus, The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and at Sri Venkateswara College, Kamala Nehru College and IGNOU, in India.
Besides academic publications, her creative books include two volumes of poetry, Hey, Spilt milk is spilt, nothing else (2018) and Initiations (1988); a collection of flash fictions, Life on the go-Flash fictions from New Delhi to America (2018); and four children’s books: Cashew, Vashew & Other Nursery Rhymes (2020), I love Mummy and other new nursery rhymes, When I Grow Up and other new nursery rhymes, and The Greedy Green Parrot and Other Stories (1993–1995). Nahal is co-editor of two anthologies, In All the Spaces—Diverse Voices In Global Women’s Poetry (2020) and Earth Fire Water Wind (2021). She is also the co-editor of another anthology, Nursery Rhymes & Children’s Poems From Around The World—You May Not Have Heard (2021).
Her poems and stories can be found in national and international journals including, Aberration Labyrinth, Better Than Starbucks, aaduna, River Poets Journal, Colere, Visual Verse, Spectrum, Organizational Aesthetics Journal, Setu, The Journal of Expressive Writing, Pen In Hand, The Dillydoun Review, The Ekphrastic Review, Life and Legends, and a number of Medium publications in the US, Confluence and FemAsia in the UK, Lapis Lazuli International Literary Journal, International Journal of Multicultural Literature, Mirror of Time, Writers-Editors-Critics, and Borderless in Asia, and The Burrow and Poetryspective in Australia. Furthermore, her poems are housed at Stanford University’s Digital Humanities initiative, “Life in Quarantine: Witnessing Global Pandemic.”
Nahal is also a columnist and guest contributing editor for New York-based aaduna journal, and she co-hosted a monthly online creative series for several months in 2020, Tan Doori Gup Shup. Two books of hers are prescribed on university syllabus in a course on multiculturalism at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Her ongoing projects include a novel, a fourth collection of poetry, a fourth edited poetry anthology, and some children’s books. Her writings focus on the intersection of race, gender, immigration, socio-economic status, environment, humanism, bias, injustice, and fairness. Nahal is the daughter of Indian novelist and professor Late Dr. Chaman Nahal, and her mother, Late Dr. Sudarshna Nahal, was an educationist, author, and principal of a K-12 school. Originally from New Delhi, India, Anita Nahal resides in the US. Her family include her son Vikrant, daughter-in-law Sumona and their golden doodle, Cashew.
For more on Anita: https://anitanahal.wixsite.com/anitanahal
Paperback: 94 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books (August 9, 2021)