ABOUT US

South Asian Avant-Garde: A Dissident Literary Anthology is a digital magazine that originated in the anthology format. We feature dissident, unconventional work in fiction, essays, journalism, plays, poetry, and multimedia, in the hopes if reclaiming radical traditions that have long been excised from South Asian histories, and forging new communities and reinforces necessary solidarities. Our digital platform allows the work to travel everywhere South Asians live and practice. At the core of this project is an argument and a claim that South Asian creatives have revolutionary and avant-garde traditions that have been marginalized in the histories of South Asia. But especially in the contemporary media landscape, we hope to be a contrast to the siloed worlds of literary magazines, art exhibits or academic journals, which gate-keep, and separate forms that must speak to each other. Thus, we seek works that think and reflect; that show new ways of telling stories; that use experimentalism in form, function, and craft.

We are a collective of South Asian writers, editors, academics, organizers, translators, playwrights, journalists, visual artists and designers who share a deeply political commitment to radical art that challenges unequal status quos.

Join us as we attempt to interrogate and shape the South Asian Avant-Garde in 2022.







Transgression, experimentation, and true radicalism are rare and expensive in a world structured around majoritarian consensus, conformity, and party-line loyalism. This is especially true for minority voices, who are routinely devalued. We must value creative labor, no excuses. Your support will go directly to the multitude of writers and artists who will be contributing to this project. In our shared commitment to respect creative labor, we’re happy to be partnering with the Asian American Writer’s Workshop, whilst reaching South Asians everywhere.

To show our gratitude, we offer perks at each level of support. Every donation brings us closer to amplifying South Asian voices that are imagining and building better and freer futures for us all.

For more details about our collections of prints, books, and other items, visit our perks page here︎︎︎.







COLLECTIVE


KAMIL AHSAN
Editor

is an environmental historian at Yale, interdisciplinary scholar, writer, and literary critic, based in New Haven, Connecticut.





ADITYA DESAI
Associate Editor

is a writer, activist, and Lecturer in English at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.



SEYHR QAYUM
Associate Editor

is a painter, photographer, and mixed-media artist at the Pratt Institute, currently based in Islamabad.



DIVYA KARTHIKEYAN
Associate Editor

is a journalist and host of the podcast Minor Feelings, currently at The New Republic. She is based in Brooklyn.





VISHAKHA DARBHA
Creative Director

is a multimedia journalist, currently an Associate Producer on The New York Times Opinion audio team, based in Brooklyn.



DIVYA NAYAR
Design Director

is a multi-disciplinary designer and artist, currently a Junior Visual Designer at Code and Theory, and the creator of Refusing Refusal. She is based in Baltimore and New Jersey.





SABIKA ABBAS
Senior Editor

is a poet, feminist activist, campaign strategist, and alternative educator based in Lucknow and New Delhi.



SENNA AHMAD
Senior Editor

is a freelance photographer and graphic designer, based in Philadelphia and Washington DC.



HASAN ALTAF
Editor-at-Large

is managing editor at Paris Review, based in New York City.



RITA BANERJEE
Editor-at-Large

is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the George Polk School of Communications at LIU Brooklyn. She is a writer, filmmaker, and author of Echo in Four Beats, A Night With Kali, and CREDO. She is based in New York City and Munich.



NEILESH BOSE
Senior Editor

He is Associate Professor of History and Canada Research Chair of Global and Comparative History at the University of Victoria. He is also a theatre artist, critic, and author of Recasting the Region: Language, Culture, and Islam in Colonial Bengal, among others.



KARTIKA BUDHWAR
Senior Editor

is a writer, editor, and educator, formerly with Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment. She is based in Ames, Iowa.



AHSAN BUTT
Senior Editor

is a writer and software engineer, based in Los Angeles.



NAZISH CHUNARA
Senior Editor

is a painter, installation artist, and aerodynamicist, currently based in Los Angeles.



SARAH ELEAZAR
Senior Editor

is a sociocultural anthropologist at UT Austin, formerly with Dawn and Express Tribune. She is also a journalist and activist, based in Austin.



APARNA GOPALAN
Editor-at-Large

is an economic anthropologist at Harvard, formerly with Boston Review. She is based in New London, Connecticut and Ajmer, Rajasthan.



ABEER HOQUE
Senior Editor

is a writer, photographer, and the author of The Lovers and the Leavers and Olive Witch, among others. She is based in New York City.



NUR NASREEN IBRAHIM
Senior Editor

is a reporter at Snopes, a producer formerly with Al-Jazeera and Patriot Act, and a writer based in Lahore and New York City.



ARUNI KASHYAP
Editor-at-Large

is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing & English at the University of Georgia. He is a literary translator, and the author of His Father’s Disease, and The House With a Thousand Stories, among others. He is based in Athens, Georgia.



PRITHI KHALIQUE
Visual Designer

is a visual designer and animator based in Dhaka and New York City.



SHREYAS R KRISHNAN
Senior Editor

is an Assistant Professor in illustration, comics, and visual storytelling at Washington University in St. Louis.



AISHWARYA KUMAR
Editor-at-Large

is a feature writer for ESPN and National Geographic, based in Hartford, Connecticut.



PRIYANKA KUMAR
Art Director

is an illustrator and visual artist. She makes comics, prints and murals, and teaches illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore.



NEHA MATHEW
Visual Designer

is a graphic designer and interactive artist currently studying at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is based in Toronto and Baltimore.



SARAH THANKAM MATHEWS
Editor-at-Large

is a writer and organizer, a fellow at the Asian American Writers Workshop, and founder of the mutual aid network Bed-Stuy Strong. She is currently based in New York City.



TISYA MAVURAM
Senior Editor

is a digital organizer at Act On Mass, a former staffer for Elizabeth Warren, and a contributor at Data for Progress. She is based in the Boston area.



NAIB MIAN
Senior Editor

is a writer and journalist. He works on interactives and multimedia at the New Yorker, and is based in New York City.



MUSHFIQ MOHAMED
Senior Editor

is a lawyer, writer, and activist based in London.



ZEESHAAN NABI
Senior Editor

is a composer, producer, educator, frontman of the band Ramooz, and founder of the label Meerakii Music. He is currently based in Delhi.



SHUBHANGA PANDEY
Senior Editor

is chief editor at Himal Southasian and is based in Colombo.



MAHMUD RAHMAN
Editor-at-Large

is the author of the story collection Killing the Water, and translator of Mahmudul Haque’s Black Ice. He is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.



CHANDRAMOHAN S
Senior Editor

is a Dalit poet, and activist. He is the author of Warscape Verses, Letters to Namdeo Dhasal, and Love After Babel. He is based in Thiruvandanapuram, Kerala.



ESTHAPPEN S
Senior Editor

is a playwright, threatre-maker and development sector professional based in Bangalore.



PALVASHAY SETHI
Senior Editor

is a writer and teacher, currently at Brown University. She is based in Providence, Rhode Island.



SANA SHAH
Digital Producer

is a UX Designer at Washingtonian Magazine. She is based in Maryland and Washington DC.



ZUNEERA SHAH
Senior Editor

is a gender & development professional and writer based in Lahore.



VAMIKA SINHA
Communications Director

is the founding editor of Postscript Magazine and also works for Canvas Magazine. She is a poet, journalist, and photographer based in Dubai.



HASANTHIKA SIRISENA
Editor-at-Large

is a Professor of English at Susquehanna University, visiting faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, editor at West Branch and 7.13 Books, and author of The Other One. She is based in Selingsgrove, Pennsylvania.



HANANAH ZAHEER
Senior Editor

is the fiction editor at the LA Review, the founder of the Dubai Literary Salon, and a writer based in Manila.



RAHEMA ALAM ZAHEER
Visual Designer

is a designer, experimental visual artist and performer, based in Dessau, Germany.






HIMAL SOUTHASIAN
Sister Publication


MYTHIC PICNIC

Sister Publication