Kulpreet Yadav is a bestselling author, motivational speaker, startup mentor, and Founder-Editor of Open Road Review, the leading ‘Literature + Culture’ online magazine of South Asia. Kulpreet’s latest novel, The Girl Who Loved a Pirate, is India’s first thriller based on marine piracy & hijacking. Passionate about Creative Writing, Kulpreet also mentors aspiring writers at schools and colleges and has spoken at many literary festivals in India & abroad. An ex-armed forces officer, he lives in New Delhi. More at www.kulpreetyadav.com
Jhilmil Breckenridge is a poet, writer and activist who speaks out about mental health, incarceration and abuse. She has just completed her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Westminster. Her poems often worry about issues of feeling lost in a changing world, the immigrant or foreign experience, love and loss and longing, and nostalgia for times gone by. When she is not writing, she is chasing clouds and rainbows with her iPhone.
Rachel Edwards’ passion for reading has fuelled a lot of her professional and private life. She is the Editor in Chief of Transportation Press, Tasmania’s newest publisher. She is a former editor of Island magazine and she produces and hosts the weekly The Book Show on Edge Radio, in the guise of Paige Turner, now in its eight year. She is a regular guest on ABC radio, discussing books and the publishing industry. She has also reviewed for Radio National and Crikey and guest edited a volume of the Review of Australian Fiction which featured Tasmanian authors exclusively. She has worked in bookshops around Australia, most recently as events manager at Fullers Bookshop in Hobart. She blogs at paigelovesbooks.blogspot.com
Amit Bhardwaj, Webmaster
Amit Bhardwaj is the webmaster of Open Road Review. With over 7 years of experience in the Web sector. He lives in Delhi and loves painting & playing guitar.
Pooja Garg Singh is a US based writer and poet. An IIM Lucknow alumna, Pooja studied English Literature at Jesus and Mary College, New Delhi and Print Journalism at Indian Institute of Mass Communication. Her poems and essays have appeared in various publications in India and US. Everyday and Some Other Days is her first collection of poems. Pooja is Reviews Editor for Jaggery, a South Asian Literature Journal based out of Chicago. She is also part of a motley group of story writers from India who write for radio, television, movies and other media formats. An ex-journalist, Pooja has worked with various publications such as India Today Group and IDG. Currently, she runs a content company, WordTree. Pooja is passionate about the use of poetry as therapy. She is at www.poojagargsingh.tumblr.com.
Shanti Perez received her M.F.A. and Post-Masters Certificate in the Teaching of Writing from Eastern Washington University. She is currently fiction editor at Open Road Review and was an assistant editor for Willow Springs. Her work has been published in PANK Magazine, Denver Syntax and RiverLit Magazine, to name a few. She is twice champion of The Pacific Northwest Inlander's 101-Word Flash Fiction Contest.
Vaughan Gunson is a writer and artist living in Hikurangi, New Zealand. He has taught art in tertiary institutions and been involved in running art galleries for 12 years, but is now devoting his time to writing and other creative endeavors, growing vegetables, doing community work, and looking after his children. A collection of his poems, this hill, all it’s about is lifting it to a higher level was published in 2012. Another collection, Big Love Songs, is available as an ebook. To read a selection of Vaughan’s poetry and to purchase both collections visit www.vaughangunsonpoetry.com
Leah McMenamin is a writer based in Wellington, New Zealand. She is currently a Programme and Student Advisor at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. Leah's work has been published in Takahe Magazine, Poetry New Zealand, and The Avalon Review. She was shortlisted for the Blackmore & Page National Short Story Competition in 2012. She regularly contributes to The Tuesday Poem, an international poetry hub that celebrates work from around the world.
Shernaz Wadia, a retired teacher, lives in Pune, India. A free-lance writer, her articles, short stories and poems have been published in many online journals and literary magazines lik
e Muse India, Boloji, Kritya and The Enchanting Verses etc. Her poems have been anthologised in Poets International, Roots and Wings and Caring Moments. Shernaz is in the process of publishing her poems in a book titled Whispers of the Soul.
She has also co-authored a book of poems titled “Tapestry”, with Israeli poetess Avril Meallem. It is an innovative form of collaborative poetry writing developed by the two of them.
Amit Dahiyabadshah, Guest Editor, Poetry, Issue 2
Amit Dahiyabadshah (ADB) is a working poet who has just returned to New Delhi India from two years of relief work in Ladakh. Mr Dahiyabadshah comes from a family of farmers and soldiers and a very small village on the west Yamuna Canal In Haryana India, his parents were freedom fighters, Gandhians crusaders and teachers. ADB's early writing was inspired largely by the environment and nature and in 2004 The Senior Environment Corps-CIP- G Town asked him to be their Poet laureate. Mr Dahiyabadshah is interested in communication planning, Organic farming, integrated development. He loves horses, camping and trekking in the wilderness, angling, and he recently became the biggest and oldest person ever to take up rock climbing. Mr Dahiyabadshah’s own poetry is remarkable for his ability to explore complex human situations and emotions with the greatest of simplicity and clarity. His poem the Last Will of the Tiger is a classic of sorts in the world of conservation and virtually an anthem for tiger conservationists. He has successfully published and sold 17 collections of poetry of which the next collection Unsquaring the Circle is actually in the process of being successfully pre sold before publication. AmitDahiyabadshah is arguably one of the finest reading voices in poetry anywhere his deep rich baritone has drawn audiences as large as 2500 to his readings. In Delhi. Amit Dahiyabadshah heads a poetry movement (Delhi Poetree) that is distinguished by three measurable objectives
1. To give Delhi and the National Capital Region 30 readings of poetry a month across the NCR.
2. To honour 100 Contemporary poets as the Living Treasure of Delhi and he intends this recognition to come from The Government, The Society of Delhi at large and The Local Community and neighbourhood of the poet.
3. To enable a hundred poets to earn a taxable income from poetry alone by the year 2018.
On the 28th of October 2012 The India Poetry Foundation headed by Mr Dahiyabadshah is leading an effort to host the Biggest single city Poetry event ever: Dilli Kavita Kumbh – The Thousand Poets’ Readings and The Great Poetry Marathon- a world record event.
This months guest editor brings to his task a passion for poetry and a simple responsible grace that has helped him to make a living from poetry alone for 18 years. He has helped 203 poets get published ( most for the first time) and has personally mentored over three hundred young poets.
He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org