Anita Nahal

Anita Nahal, Ph.D., CDP, is a Pushcart Prize-nominated Indian American writer and academic. She has one novel, four books of poetry, one of flash fiction, four for children, and five edited anthologies to her credit. Her third poetry book, What's wrong with us Kali women? (Kelsay, 2021) was nominated by Cyril Dabydeen, Guyanese Indian Canadian poet, and novelist, as the best poetry book 2021 for Ars Notoria. It’s also a compulsory reading in an elective course on Multicultural Society, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Anita’s first novel, Drenched Thoughts was released in 2023 by Authorspress and is also prescribed reading in the above university. Her latest poetry book is a collection of ekphrastic poetry, Kisses at the espresso bar (Kelsay, 2022). Anita’s poems have appeared in numerous journals in the US, UK, Asia, and Australia and have been anthologized in many collections, including The Polaris Trilogy, which will be sent to the moon in the Space X launch. Her poetry is also part of a recent anthology recent released by the Sahitya Akademi, Twenty Contemporary Indian English Poets. Anita is the editor of the Newsletter, Poetry Virginia Society and secretary of the Montgomery Chapter, Maryland Writers Association. Nahal teaches at the University of the District of Columbia, Washington DC. She is the daughter of Sahitya Akademi award-winning Indian novelist and professor, Late Dr. Chaman Nahal, and her mother, Late Dr. Sudarshna Nahal was also an educationist and principal of a K-12 school. Originally from New Delhi, India, Anita resides in the US. Her family includes her son, daughter-in-law, and a golden doodle. More on her at:

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