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Once, I was a human girl.
You wouldn’t know it to look at me now, but long ago, when devas and demons roamed the earth, I was a human girl who dreamed of being a dancer.
The rains had finished, and the Kaveri River swelled threateningly close to the outskirts of the village. In no rush to return home, I sat idling by the riverbank in the marshy reeds, my toes in the water, dreaming of dancing. I wanted to feel the rhythm of the drums in my body, of the high flute winding around my skin. More than that, I wanted to be free of my family.
But instead, that was the day I would meet my future husband. My family was eager to marry me off. I had heard them say as much that morning.

Read the rest of my recently published short story, "Kaliya, Queen of Snakes," over at Zooscape e-zine. Perfect for fans of Madeline Miller's Circe, this is a retelling of the Hindu legend of the epic battle between Krishna and Kaliya, in which Kaliya is a fierce, shapeshifting teenaged girl.

Please join me at The Writers' Loft during their Annual Literary Extravaganza and Winter Bazaar on Saturday, December 2nd, 2023. I'll be there starting at noon to celebrate the book launch for Gnomes and Ungnomes: Poems of Hidden Creatures, a poetry anthology featuring two of my poems along with many of the other participating authors and illustrators.

Hope to see you there!

I'm excited to announce that I will have two children's poems coming out soon in an anthology from Writers' Loft Press entitled Gnomes and Ungnomes: Poems of Hidden Creatures. The poems will be illustrated and I can't wait to see how it turns out! Until then, check out my interview about this title on the website, as well as those from all the other poet and illustrator contributors.

The anthology is currently slated to launch in December with a launch event at The Writers' Loft in Hudson, Massachusetts. I'll send more information, including buy links, as the date approaches!

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