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K. Srilata is an Indian poet, fiction writer, translator and academic based in Chennai.

Srilata K
Born 1968
Residence Chennai
Nationality Indian
Occupation academic, poet, author

Her first book of poems, Seablue Child, was published in 2000, followed by Arriving Shortly (2011).[2][3] Her poem, In Santa Cruz, Diagnosed Home Sick won the First Prize in the All India Poetry Competition (organised by the British Council and The Poetry Society (India) in 1998.[4] She has also been awarded the Unisun British Council Poetry Award (2007) and the Charles Wallace fellowship for a writing residency (2010).[5] Her debut novel Table for Four was longlisted in 2009 for the Man Asian Literary Prize and released in 2011.[6] She had earlier translated from Tamil to English two millennia worth of poetry Rapids of a Great River: The Penguin Book of Tamil Poetry - along with Lakshmi Holmstrom, Subashree Krishnaswamy to much critical acclaim.[7]

She is also a professor at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Madras where she researches and teaches Creative Writing, Fiction, Advanced English and Translation Studies.[8] She is also a visiting faculty at the Chennai Mathematical Institute where she takes a course on Readings in Fiction.





Featured inEdit

  • The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India,[9] featuring 151 Indian English poets, edited by Vivekanand Jha and published by Hidden Brook Press,[10] Canada.
  • "For [Jeanne Mukuninwa]", "What father left us", and "Gomati",The Harper Collins Book of English Poetry (ed. [Sudeep Sen]), India, 2013, ISBN 978-93-5029-517-5
  • Another Country: An Anthology of Post-Independence Poetry in English, (ed. [Arundhathi Subramaniam]), Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, 2013, ISBN 978-81-260-4067-4
  • "England, 1999", "A Somewhat Different Question", and "I Wear Wordlessness like a Tattered Dress", Caravan, February 2013,[11]
  • "Poem Walk", Kavya Bharati, 2011, No. 23
  • "Drunken, Gasping Fish-lungs", "Mining", and "Slow Trot", Muse India, Issue 63[12]
  • "A Brief History of Writing", and "Gravity", Prairie Schooner 87, no. 2, 2013[13]
  • "Mazhai/Rain", Sonic Boom, Issue 3, 2014[14]




  • "Cousin, Newly Acquired", Madras Mag, October 2014[15]
  • "These Things Happen if You Don't Watch it", Volume 28, Issue 3, Wasafiri, 2013[16]
  • "Game of Asylum Seekers", Breaking the Bow: Speculative Fiction Inspired by the Ramayana (edited by Anil Menon and Vandana Singh), Zubaan, 2012, ISBN 978-93-81017-04-3
  • "Sarasu", the Little Magazine, Vol. 5, Issue 4, 2004; First Impressions: Stories and Plays Shortlisted for the TLM New Writing Award, 2006 (the Little Magazine, New Delhi, 2006), Other People: The Sangam House Reader Vol. I, Sangam House 2011
  • "State of Whiteness", The Shrinking Woman and Other Stories, Bangalore: Unisun, 2009
  • "How Do I Love Thee?: Let Me Count the Ways", The Penguin Book of New Writing From India 2: First Proofs, New Delhi: Penguin, 2006


  • The Rapids of a Great River: The Penguin Book of Tamil Poetry Penguin Book of Tamil Poetry (co-edited with Lakshmi Holmstrom and Subashree Krishnaswamy), New Delhi: Penguin India, 2009.
  • Once There Was a Girl (translation of the Tamil novel Vattathul by R.Vatsala), Kolkata: Writers Workshop,2012,[17] ISBN 978-93-5045-027-7


  • The Other Half of the Coconut: Women Writing Self-Respect History, New Delhi: Zubaan, 2003, ISBN 978-81-86706-50-3
  • Short Fiction from South India, (co-edited with Subashree Krishnaswamy), New Delhi: OUP, 2008, ISBN 978-0-19-569246-4

Online referencesEdit


  1. ^ Pg.152, First Proof: The Penguin Book of New Writing from India, Volume 2, Penguin, Delhi, 2005, ISBN 978-0-14-400107-1
  2. ^ "Experience has no theme". The Hindu. 2011-10-01. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  3. ^ "Madras, my dear". The Hindu. 2011-08-29. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Literature and Languages – University of Stirling". Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 May 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Voices in verse - Livemint". Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ Grove, Richard. "The Dance of the Peacock:An Anthology of English Poetry from India" (current). Canada: Hidden Brook Press. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  10. ^ Press, Hidden Brook. "Hidden Brook Press". Hidden Brook Press. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Three Poems: England, 1999, A Somewhat Different Question, I Wear Wordlessness like a Tattered Dress". The Caravan. Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  12. ^ K, Srilata (March–April 2016). "Muse India". Muse India (66). 
  13. ^ Srilata, K. (2013-01-01). "A Brief History of Writing, and: Gravity". Prairie Schooner. 87 (2): 79–80. doi:10.1353/psg.2013.0053. ISSN 1542-426X. 
  14. ^!about/c10fk
  15. ^ "Short fiction by K. Srilata". The Madras Mag. Retrieved 2016-04-02. 
  16. ^ Srilata, K. (2013-09-01). "These Things Happen If You Don't Watch It". Wasafiri. 28 (3): 64–68. doi:10.1080/02690055.2013.802452. ISSN 0269-0055. 
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