Happy Birthday to Writer Rochelle Potkar

Rochelle Potkar is an Indian fiction writer and poet based in Mumbai. Her first book, The Arithmetic of breasts and other stories was shortlisted for The Digital Book of the Year Award 2014.

Rochelle Potkar was born on 9 March 1979 in Kalyan to Goan parents. She moved to Mumbai in 1998. Rochelle graduated in commerce and post graduated from Wigan and Leigh College. She completed an MBA from La Trobe University, Australia.

The Arithmetic of Breasts and other stories is her first book of short fiction, shortlisted for The Digital Book of the year award 2014. Her short stories have appeared in several journals. She writes realism and paranormal fiction. She won a gold medal for her story, The point of Irish coffee, and an editor’s choice award for, Ramayan redux.  

Four Degrees of Separation 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.

She was a Charles Wallace Writer’s fellow at the University of Stirling, Scotland, in 2017. She is co-founder of the Arcs-of-a-Circle artists’ residency program, a project by the US Consulate, Mumbai.

-Staff Reporter

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