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Our editorial team comprises established fiction writers as fiction editors, established poets as poetry editors, a book and film reviewer, and several assistant editors.


Editorial Board:
Rajini Srikanth
is the co-editor of Contours of the Heart: South Asians Map North America (1996) and co-editor of Bold Words: A Century of Asian American Writing (2001). She teaches at UMass Boston.

Samir Dayal is Associate Professor of English at Bentley College, Massachusetts. He is the editor, with an introduction, of Julia Kristeva's Crisis of the European Subject, François Rachline's Don Juan's Wager, Lucien Gubbay's Jews under Islam, and Patricia Gherovici's The Puerto Rican Syndrome (forthcoming), among other books. He has contributed chapters to several edited collections on South Asian literature and articles in journals including Amerasia Journal, Angelaki: A Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, College English, Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, Contemporary South Asia Review, Critical Asian Studies, Cultural Critique, Genders, MELUS, Postmodern Culture, and Socialist Review. He has also published some short fiction. Currently he is writing a book about contemporary South Asian fiction and film.

Shona Ramaya has published a novel, Flute (Viking, Michel Joseph, Abacus) and a collection of stories, Beloved Mother, Queen of the Night (Secker & Warburg, Penguin India). Her latest book Operation Monsoon (a collection of stories,) was published in Fall 2003 by Graywolf Press. She has taught for several years at Hamilton College (Clinton, NY) and at Trinity College (Hartford, CT) as Writer-in-Residence. For more information go to

Roger N. Buckley is Professor of History and founding Director of the Asian American Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut. He was born in New York City to immigrant parents from the Caribbean. He earned a Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal. The focus of his research has been war in history. His writings have sought to demonstrate that the study of war is more than the study of conflict. He has received numerous research awards, among them the NEH, the John Carter Brown Library Fellowship at Brown University, the Sir William Osler Medical Library  Fellowship at McGill University, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the University of Connecticut Provost Research Fellowship. His books and articles have been published in the U.S., the Netherlands, the U.K., India, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Jamaica. His books include Slaves In Red Coats (Yale University Press) and The British Army In The West Indies (University Press of Florida). He has completed a trilogy that examines the issues of race, culture and national identity in the British colonial army of the 19th century through the medium of historical fiction. The “accommodation and resistance: three who chose rebellion” trilogy examines the lives of three historical soldiers who served in the british colonial army in Caribbean, Ireland and India. Congo Jack was published in 1997. I, Hanuman  was published in 2003 in India. Sepoy  O’Connor is being considered for publication. He is currently at work on a biogrpahy of human rights activist, Yuri Kochiyama and a documentary history of Japanese Canadian internment during world war two. In his spare time he is writing a series of political and cultural history novels with the same central character in each: a university history professor.

Bandana Purkayastha is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut. Her primary research focuses on South Asian-Americans and marginalized women in South Asia. Her scholarly publications on the intersection of racialized ethnicity, gender, and class formation processes have been published in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and India. Her book The Power of Women's Informal Social Networks: Lessons in Social Change from South Asia and West Africa, co-edited with Mangala Subramaniam, was published in 2004. Her research monograph Negotiating Ethnicity: Second-Generation South Asian Americans Traverse a Transnational World will be published by Rutgers University Press in spring 2005. She has been invited to speak on gender, globalization and transnationalism at universities including Hofstra, Yale, and Visva Bharati (India). She will join the editorial board of Gender & Society in January 2005. She has won several awards, including a recent university-wide award for excellence in teaching, a Woman of Color award for excellence in leadership, and a State of Connecticut Immigrant Day citation for leadership, service and commitment to Connecticut.

Subhashini Kaligotla, Poetry Editor: Subhashini Kaligotla holds an MFA in poetry from Columbia University and was awarded a 2006-07 Fulbright fellowship to India for literary translation. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, New England Review, Western Humanities Review, 60 Indian Poets:1952-2007, and The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets. Former poetry editor of Columbia: A Journal of Literature & Art, she is a doctoral student in art history at Columbia University.

Consulting Editors:
Tahira Naqvi grew up in Lahore, Pakistan. She teaches English at Western Connecticut State University and has taught Urdu at New York University and Columbia. She is a prolific writer and translator. Her short stories have appeared in journals and have been widely anthologized. Her first collection of stories, Attar of Roses and Other Stories of Pakistan, was published in 1997 (Lynne Rienner Publishers). Her second collection, Dying in a Strange Country, was published in 2001 (Toronto South Asia Review Press). She is currently at work on a novel. Among her translation credits are the works of Sa'adat Hasan Manto and Ismat Chugtai.

Vijay Seshadri's collections of poems include James Laughlin Award winner The Long Meadow (Graywolf Press, 2004) and Wild Kingdom (1996). His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in AGNI, The American Scholar, Antaeus, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Southwest Review, Western Humanities Review, The Yale Review, the Times Book Review, the Philadelphia Enquirer, TriQuarterly, and in many other journals and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 1997 and 2003. Seshadri has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and has been awarded The Paris Review's Bernard F. Conners Long Poem Prize and the MacDowell Colony's Fellowship for Distinguished Poetic Achievement. He currently teaches poetry and nonfiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

Editorial Board

Rajini Srikanth
Samir Dayal
Shona Ramaya
Roger Buckley
Bandana Purkayastha
Subhashini Kaligotla

Consulting Editors

Tahira Naqvi
Vijay Seshadri