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Victor Rangel-Ribeiro is the elder statesman of Goan literature, and an award-winning author, whose debut novel Tivolem, was named one of the twenty notable first novels to be published in America in 1998. His short stories were first published in Bombay in the 1940s and 50s, and have been featured in prestigious American literary magazines such as the North American, and Iowa Literary Review. A collection of his short stories, Loving Ayesha and Other Stories was published by Harper Collins, India. The New York Foundation for the Arts awarded him its Fiction Fellowship in 1991; and the novel Tivolem earned him the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. A member of MENSA since 1988, Rangel-Ribeiro is also a trained musician, which has led to him being at one time, the director of the Beethoven Society of New York, and producing two scholarly books on Baroque and chamber music. His forthcoming works include a much-awaited F N Souza biography, a collection of short stories, and a second novel. More information here.
Selma Carvalho is a columnist for the Oheraldo Goa and author of non-fiction books Into the Diaspora Wilderness (2010), A Railway Runs Through: Goans of British East Africa (2014) and Baker Butcher, Doctor Diplomat: Goan Pioneers of East Africa (2016); the editor of The Brave New World of Goan Writing (2018) and The Naked Liberal: The Writings of George Menezes (2012). Between 2011-2014, she led the ‘Oral Histories of British-Goans Project’ (British Library, Kings Cross) funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund UK. Her short fiction and poetry have been published by Litro, Lighthouse, online MIR (Birkbeck) and Kingston University Press, among others. Her work appears in 12 anthologies and has been translated into the Portuguese for the Journal of Portuguese Diaspora Studies, 2018. Between 2016-2019, she received a nod from 32 literary competitions, including Fish and Bath short story awards, the Erbacce Poetry Prize 2019, notably as shortlist finalist for the London Short Story Prize 2017, runner-up for the Dinesh Allirajah Prize 2017, New Asian Writing 2017 and the Dorset Fiction Award 2018, and winner of the Leicester Writes Prize 2018. Her collection of short stories was longlisted for the prestigious SI Leeds Literary Prize 2018 and a novella was shortlisted for the Mslexia Novella Award 2018. She lives in London with her husband, daughter and their fat tabby cat. A full list of her publications and contest listings can be found here.
An alumna of Iowa’s International Writing Program (2015), and Charles Wallace Writer’s fellowship (2017), Rochelle Potkar is the author of The Arithmetic of breasts and other stories (2013), Four Degrees of Separation (2016), and Paper Asylum (2018). Her poems ‘The girl from Lal Bazaar’ was shortlisted for the Gregory O' Donoghue International Poetry Prize, 2018; ‘Place’ won an honorable mention at the Asian Cha’s Auditory Cortex; ‘Skirt’ was made into a poetry film by Philippa Collie Cousins for the Visible Poetry Project; ‘To Daraza’ won the 2018 Norton Girault Literary Prize in poetry; ‘War Specials’ won 1st Runner up at The Great Indian Poetry Contest 2018; ‘Amber’ won a place in Hongkong's Proverse Poetry Prize 2018 Anthology. Her reviews have appeared in Wasafiri, Sahitya Akademi’s Indian Literature, Asian Cha, and Chandrabhaga. She has read her poetry in India, Bali, Iowa, Stirling, Glasgow, Hongkong, Ukraine, Hungary, and the Gold Coast. Winner of the 2016 Open Road Review contest for ‘The leaves of the deodar’, her story ‘Chit Mahal’ (The Enclave) appeared in The Best of Asian Short Stories, Kitaab International, and ‘Parfum’ was a notable entry at the Disquiet International Literary prize, Lisbon. Rochelle is working on her first screenplay, selected by the NFDC Screenwriters Lab 2018 for development. She will be a mentor at Iowa’s Summer Institute 2019. Find out more here.
Jessica Faleiro lived and worked in Kuwait, Mumbai, Miami, Paris and London before she moved to Goa, where she lives in a writing studio by the beach so that she can daydream her stories into being. She categorises herself as a global nomad and a typical adult 'Third Culture Kid.' Her fiction and non-fiction have been published in various anthologies, journals and magazines including Asia Literary Review, Forbes, Indian Quarterly, IndiaCurrents, Coldnoon, Mascara Literary Review, Muse India and the Times of India. Her debut novel Afterlife: Ghost stories from Goa (2012) was followed by The Delicate Balance of Little Lives (2018), a collection of interlinked stories about five Goan women coping with loss. She won the Joao Roque Literary Journal ‘Best in Fiction 2017' award for her short story ‘Unmatched.’ Jessica has previously worked as an editor for Kingston University Press and co-edited the March 2018 issue of the Joao Roque Literary Journal, curating writing from the Goan Diaspora. Jessica has an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University, UK, and runs creative writing workshops in India and abroad. To learn more about her work, click here.
Art Review Editor
Jugneeta Sudan is an academic, an art & literary critic, and poet based in Goa. As a curriculum advisor for educational institutions, she has developed workshop modules for book-reading activity. She mentors A Level Cambridge students, and is a trainer and visiting faculty at colleges in India. In her journey with literary criticism, critic as an artist, her writing births new perspectives of existing ways of seeing. She has curated talks on contemporary arts - Raza Dialogue, with the Raza Foundation, Delhi, and Museum of Goa, and an evening of poetry, art and music at the Serendipity Art Festival, 2017. At the same festival in Dec, 2018 she presented her critical writings on the international artist F.N Souza. She has also presented her work at The Story of Space Festival and Fundacao Oriente, Goa. Her writings have appeared in Art India and various other publications. Her essay titled, ‘Rethinking Representation: The Female Nude in FN Souza’s Early Art’ is to be presented at the ‘Souza in the 40s’ exhibition, at Sunaparanta Gallery, Goa. She heads - PAG, poetry appreciation group at Bookworm. She was runner-up winner for the Joao Roque Literary Journal’s Non-fiction award, 2018, for her essay on the poet Camoes. You can follow her blog here.
Dogears Bookshop, Margao
Dogears Bookshop is owned by Leonard and Queenie Fernandes, who initially started their enterprise with an online store for used books in 2006. They quickly moved to setting up CinnamonTeal Publishing, pioneering the business of providing publishing services to authors and trade publishers in India. They host Publishing Next, an annual conference on the future of publishing held in Goa, India. Apart from publishing, their flagship bookshop Dogears has become a creative space in Margao, in which regular literary events and workshops are held. As partners, Dogears will be the avenue for JRLJ literary events. Find out more here.
The Goan newspaper
The Goan Everyday was launched with the specific purpose of reporting Goa as it is, without comment, twists or personal bias. As our partner it publishes the annual winning fiction story as awarded by the Joao Roque Literary Journal. To access The Goan, click here.