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Srilata K
Portrait of Srilata in 2016
Srilata in 2016
Born 1968
Residence Chennai
Nationality Indian
Occupation academic, poet, author

K. Srilata (also known as Srilata Krishnan) is an Indian poet, fiction writer, translator and academic based in Chennai.

Her first book of poems, Seablue Child, was published in 2000, followed by Arriving Shortly (2011).[2][3] More recent poetry collections are Writing Octopus (2013) and Bookmarking the Oasis (2015).[4][5] Her poem, In Santa Cruz, Diagnosed Home Sick won the First Prize in the All India Poetry Competition (organized by the British Council and The Poetry Society (India) in 1998.[6] She has also been awarded the Unisun British Council Poetry Award (2007) and the Charles Wallace fellowship for a writing residency (2010).[7] Her debut novel Table for Four was long-listed in 2009 for the Man Asian Literary Prize and released in 2011.[8] She had earlier translated from Tamil to English two millennia worth of poetry Rapids of a Great River: The Penguin Book of Tamil Poetry - along with Lakshmi Holmstrom, Subashree Krishnaswamy to much critical acclaim.[9] Her other translations include a translation of R. Vatsala's Tamil novel Once there was a girl (Vattathul) and a translation of women's writing from the Self-Respect Movement The Other Half of the Coconut: Women Writing Self-Respect History.[10][11] Yoda Press has published an Indo-Irish collaborative poetry anthology All the Worlds Between that she co-edited with Fiona Bolger. Srilata has been a writer-in-residence at the University of Stirling, at Sangam House and at the Yeonhui Art Space in Seoul. She was a Fulbright pre-doctoral scholar at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She co-curates the CMI Arts Initiative along with Madhavan Mukund and K.V. Subrahmanyam which runs programmes and short-term courses in the arts, apart from hosting a writing residency in partnership with Sangam House. Srilata is also part of the team that runs Yavanika Press, an e-publishing site specializing in poetry.

She is also a professor at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Madras where she researches and teaches Creative Writing, Fiction, Advanced English and Translation Studies.[12] She is adjunct professor at the Chennai Mathematical Institute.[13]




  • Bookmarking the Oasis, Mumbai: Paperwall/Poetrywala, 2015, ISBN 9789382749295
  • Writing Octopus, New Delhi: Authorspress, 2013, ISBN 978-81-7273-785-6
  • Arriving Shortly, Kolkata: Writers Workshop, 2011, ISBN 978-93-5045-015-4
  • Seablue Child, the Brown Critique, Kolkata, 2002.

Featured in[edit]

  • The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India (2013) ed. by Vivekanand Jha and published by Hidden Brook Press, Canada.[14]
  • "For [Jeanne Mukuninwa]", "What father left us", and "Gomati",The Harper Collins Book of English Poetry (ed. [Sudeep Sen]), India, 2013, ISBN 978-93-5029-517-5
  • Another Country: An Anthology of Post-Independence Poetry in English, (ed. [Arundhathi Subramaniam]), Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, 2013, ISBN 978-81-260-4067-4
  • "England, 1999", "A Somewhat Different Question", and "I Wear Wordlessness like a Tattered Dress", Caravan, February 2013,[15]
  • "Poem Walk", Kavya Bharati, 2011, No. 23
  • "Drunken, Gasping Fish-lungs", "Mining", and "Slow Trot", Muse India, Issue 63[16]
  • "A Brief History of Writing", and "Gravity", Prairie Schooner 87, no. 2, 2013[17]
  • "Mazhai/Rain", Sonic Boom, Issue 3, 2014[18]




  • "You Expert Woman, You", Guftugu, May 2017[19]
  • "Mynah Hands, Flying Fingers", The Punch Magazine, April 2017[20]
  • "Rainbow Loom Bracelet", Out of Print, September 2015[21]
  • "Cousin, Newly Acquired", Madras Mag, October 2014[22]
  • "These Things Happen if You Don't Watch it", Volume 28, Issue 3, Wasafiri, 2013[23]
  • "Game of Asylum Seekers", Breaking the Bow: Speculative Fiction Inspired by the Ramayana (edited by Anil Menon and Vandana Singh), Zubaan, 2012, ISBN 978-93-81017-04-3
  • "Sarasu", the Little Magazine, Vol. 5, Issue 4, 2004; First Impressions: Stories and Plays Shortlisted for the TLM New Writing Award, 2006 (the Little Magazine, New Delhi, 2006), Other People: The Sangam House Reader Vol. I, Sangam House 2011
  • "State of Whiteness", The Shrinking Woman and Other Stories, Bangalore: Unisun, 2009
  • "How Do I Love Thee?: Let Me Count the Ways", The Penguin Book of New Writing From India 2: First Proofs, New Delhi: Penguin, 2006


  • The Rapids of a Great River: The Penguin Book of Tamil Poetry Penguin Book of Tamil Poetry (co-edited with Lakshmi Holmstrom and Subashree Krishnaswamy), New Delhi: Penguin India, 2009.
  • Once There Was a Girl (translation of the Tamil novel Vattathul by R.Vatsala), Kolkata: Writers Workshop,2012,[24] ISBN 978-93-5045-027-7


  • The Other Half of the Coconut: Women Writing Self-Respect History, New Delhi: Zubaan, 2003, ISBN 978-81-86706-50-3
  • Short Fiction from South India, (co-edited with Subashree Krishnaswamy), New Delhi: OUP, 2008, ISBN 978-0-19-569246-4

Online references[edit]


  1. ^ Pg.152, First Proof: The Penguin Book of New Writing from India, Volume 2, Penguin, Delhi, 2005, ISBN 978-0-14-400107-1
  2. ^ "Experience has no theme". The Hindu. 2011-10-01. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
  3. ^ "Madras, my dear". The Hindu. 2011-08-29. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
  4. ^ Parthasarathy, Anusha (2013-11-11). "Penning verse". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  5. ^ Daftuar, Swati (2016-02-13). "A kaleidoscope of colours". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  6. ^ http://www.indianpoetry.org/comp8.htm
  7. ^ "Literature and Languages – University of Stirling". www.english.stir.ac.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 May 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  9. ^ "Voices in verse - Livemint". www.livemint.com. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
  10. ^ Daftuar, Swati (2012-10-06). "First Look — New English books". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  11. ^ "The Hindu : Troubling questions". www.thehindu.com. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  12. ^ http://www.hss.iitm.ac.in/srilata/
  13. ^ "Chennai Mathematical Institute". www.cmi.ac.in. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  14. ^ "The Dance of the Peacock : An Indo/English Poetry Anthology". Hidden Brook Press ( Canada ). Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  15. ^ "Three Poems: England, 1999, A Somewhat Different Question, I Wear Wordlessness like a Tattered Dress". The Caravan. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
  16. ^ K, Srilata (March–April 2016). "Muse India". Muse India (66).
  17. ^ Srilata, K. (2013-01-01). "A Brief History of Writing, and: Gravity". Prairie Schooner. 87 (2): 79–80. doi:10.1353/psg.2013.0053. ISSN 1542-426X.
  18. ^ http://sonicboomjournal.wix.com/sonicboom#!about/c10fk
  19. ^ "Guftugu |You Expert Woman, You". Guftugu. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  20. ^ Srilata, K. "Mynah Hands, Flying Fingers". http://thepunchmagazine.com/. Retrieved 2018-05-27. External link in |work= (help)
  21. ^ "Rainbow Loom Bracelet by K Srilata; Online Short Story; Out of Print Magazine; September 2015". www.outofprintmagazine.co.in. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  22. ^ "Short fiction by K. Srilata". The Madras Mag. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
  23. ^ Srilata, K. (2013-09-01). "These Things Happen If You Don't Watch It". Wasafiri. 28 (3): 64–68. doi:10.1080/02690055.2013.802452. ISSN 0269-0055.
  24. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/books/first-look-new-english-books/article3967895.ece