Bio

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Thanks for stopping by! You will find literary things here 🙂

I’m Michelle D’costa. Born in 1991, a Mangalorean from Bahrain, I studied at The Indian School (Bahrain). B.Com from Mount Carmel College (Bangalore) and MBA from Christ University (Bangalore).

I work in HR for a living. I love to read, write, edit, interview, dance, doodle, daydream…

I’ve started (June 2019) talking about books on Youtube. Follow my reviews here.


 

Editor

I edit Kaani- an ezine for short fiction. Previously edited at Decades Review and Jaggery Literary Magazine.


Writer

Poetry:

Forthcoming: One poem in Joao Roque Literary Journal

Publications: EclecticaVayavyaGuftugu, The Alipore PostThe Bangalore ReviewThe Bombay Literary MagazineVisual VerseThe Madras CourierSunflower Collective,  Cafe Dissensus, Big River Poetry Review, Antiserious, 40 under 40- An anthology of post-globalisation poetry, The Brown Boat (Raed Leaf Poetry India) among others.

Accolades: Longlisted for the RL Poetry Award 2017. 

Fiction:

Publications: Queen Mob’s Teahouse, ColdnoonThe Madras Mag, The Bombay Literary Magazine, Open Road Review, Eunoia Review, Aainanagar, Kitaab, The Bombay Review, Lakeview Journal of Literature and Arts among others. 

Accolades: Shortlisted/longlisted for-

The Open Road Review short fiction contest (2015)

The Out of Print- DNA short fiction contest (2015, 2016 and 2017)


Interviewer

Interviewed writers:

Rheea Mukherjee, Janice Pariat, Sharanya Manivannan, Anjum Hasan, Tejaswini Apte-Rahm, Deepti Kapoor, Rebecca Lloyd, Tishani Doshi, Sumana Roy, Darlene Campos, Sohini Basak, Annie Zaidi, Preeti Vangani, Urvashi Bahuguna and Indira Chandrasekhar.

Tendai Huchu, Tanuj Solanki, Mohit Parikh, Kaushik Barua, Manu Bhattathiri, Hansda Sovwendra Shekhar, Chandramohan S, Deepak Unnikrishnan, Prayaag Akbar and Arjun Rajendran.

Forthcoming: Mehdi Kashani, Mihir Vatsa, Sivakami Velliangiri…

interviews

Some of these  writers have won/been nominated for prestigious literary awards like the Man Asian Literary Prize, the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, The Hindu Prize, International Dublin Literary Award, Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar, TOTO award for creative writing, Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize, Tata Lit Live! First Book Award (Fiction), Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize, Eric Gregory Award, The Orange Prize, Crossword Book Award for fiction etc.


Events

  • Conducted a Creative Writing Workshop in Atta Galatta, Bangalore.
  • Featured poet at Tuesdays with the Bard, Urban Solace Cafe, Bangalore. 

Praise

For my short story ‘The Muse‘ in Coldnoon:

Congratulations on getting this story published. It’s really dope and has elements from one of your stories which I beta-read in the past. This flows nicely and your showing, rather than telling, makes it an enjoyable read for the the reader because there is something at stake. The characters also come to life and pop off the page.

Well done!

– Tendai Huchu, Author of The Hairdresser of Harare (Among others)


For my short story ‘Silence‘ in The Bombay Literary Magazine:

‘Very moving story. Honest and bold. Carefully woven with minute details. Congratulations. I started reading and could not stop. Very well written. It is balanced and does not cross the limits anywhere. There were moments when I felt it was going in a certain known direction but it stopped just short of it. It is not judgmental about any characters. This is the strength of the story. It has happened because the writer is very honest. Every character has got her/his space. Enough to live as they please.’

– Vivek Shanbhag, Author of Ghachar Ghochar (Among others) 

‘I just read your story. Made me cry. So much honesty there. Lovely work!’

– Roanna Gonsalves, Author of The Permanent Resident

‘ Read it. And liked it a lot. Very poetic.’

– Anees Salim, Author of The Small-Town Sea (Among others)



For my poem ‘Black Magic‘ in Guftugu:

‘Like the way you begin. Pat. The opening statement sort of hits you in the face. There is internal rhyme; The numbering in the smaller case also connects. (i),(ii) (iii) .Black doll, hair that leeches into toes and the black leash back home. Perfect length for the poem. Well crafted. I like this concept of Black magic that works with animals and birds and the girl and the man from Dubai. So we see that repetition of black adds impetus.Love this poem.I always wanted to write a poem about Black Magic which is very common in Kerala. We still put our cut nails into the wash basin and avoid walking on smashed limes on the streets.We are careful with hair and personal stuff.The poem makes the common thing look uncommon.’

– Sivakami Velliangiri, Author of How We Measured Time


 

For my poem ‘Ambition‘ in 40 under 40: An anthology of post- globalisation poetry:

‘I actually loved the fact that it defied the norm , or required us to defy the norm of reading in a linear manner. So, what happens is that first, one reads it in order of numbering–and it gradually becomes sinister, ending in that image of the people seeming like crows. Well, the thing is, I see the poem as an object, so its possibilities expand when I look at it counterclockwise, as opposed to the usual. 

Now, when I read it top to bottom, the implicit violence–the way the body/bodies are fading–eyeballs, jaundiced eyes, coals (which again reminds us of eyes, mouths, the taste buds–there’s that same kind of breaking down of the body into bits but the implied violence, afflicted by hunger–that really was magnified, when the poem ended with “sedated” because it seemed as if sedation (as in fulfilment v/s numbness) was being called into question. I like that. It’s not over the top. :)’

– Ranjani Murali, Author of Blind Screens

 


 

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10 thoughts on “Bio”

  1. First of all, let me thank you for publishing excellent interviews of upcoming writers on your blog. For me, this is a well of information and inspiration.
    I found your blog after having read your short story “My King” on Bombay review. Your story is very refreshing. It engages the audience despite having no extreme highs and lows. There is almost no action. The story comes full circle and surprises the reader. Now, I shall be always worried about what auto-rickshaw wallas may be thinking about me whenever I am alone in an auto. Jokes apart, it was a wonderful representation of an auto ride. Sometimes our thoughts can make a story. Once again, thank you for this wonderful story.

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  2. Eagerly came to your blog, being directed by Commonwealth Writers’ twitter account. Not at all disappointed, Michelle. Nice to get to know an acknowledged writer 🙂 I like your interviews, they add new dimensions!

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  3. nice to meet you Michelle, it was really interesting to read your words… i was wondering, do you have any portuguese ancestors? your name ‘Costa’ is so from here 🙂 PedroL

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