Rochelle Potkar

Rochelle Potkar (born 9 March 1979) is an Indian fiction writer and poet based in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Her first book, ‘The Arithmetic of breasts and other stories’ was shortlisted for The Digital Book of the Year Award 2014by Publishing Next. ‘Four Degrees of Separation’ (Paperwall, 2016) is her first book of poetry.

She has represented India at the University of Iowa‘s International Writing Program and was a writer-in-residence at the UNESCO city of literature – Iowa‘s International Writing Program(IWP), Fall Residency 2015.

Early life and education

Born in Kalyan to Goan parents. She moved to Mumbai in 1998. Rochelle graduated in commerce and post graduated from Wigan and Leigh collegeMahalaxmi. She completed an MBA from La Trobe University, Australia. She began writing at 27, after giving up her corporate job.

Professional career

As writer

The Arithmetic of Breasts and other stories is her first book of short fiction, shortlisted for The Digital Book of the year award 2014, by Publishing Next, Goa.[10] Her short stories have appeared in several journals including Far Enough East, Sein und Werden, The Medulla Review, The Nassau Review, Women Writers, Writer’s Hub, Bewildering Stories, Cantaraville, Muse India, Marijuana Diaries, The Bangalore Review, Revenge Ink, Nivasini, Unisun, Triangulation, Lame Goat Publications, Annapurna magazine, and Rollick Magazine. Her themes are usually around relationships. She writes realism and paranormal fiction.

She won a gold place for her story, ‘The point of Irish coffee’, and an editor’s choice award for, ‘Ramayan redux’ (Triangulation: Parch, US). She narrated two true-life tales at Tall Tales Storytelling. She completed an Advanced Fiction Seminar offered by University of Iowa‘s International Writing Program via distance learning, 2013. She was also invited to participate as a writer-in-residence in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa in 2015, representing India.[11][12][13][14][15] Potkar won the Open Road Review Short Story Prize 2016 for her story “The Leaves of the Deodar”.[16]

She has also judged inter-collegiate competitions at Mood IndigoIIT BombayMalhar (festival)St. Xavier’s College, Spectrum – NIFT, Kharghar, and American Library.[17] She revently was part of the Project Called Hook Blue as a major author.[18]

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