Leeya Mehta

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Leeya Mehta’s work explores the intimate space of the family and how it relates to the physical geography of cities and nature. She is the author of a chapbook, The Towers of Silence (Aark Arts, 2004). She was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize for her poem, "The Abduction," on identity and nationalism in India. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Beloit Poetry Journal, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Origins, District Lit, Fulcrum, Poetry London, Chandrabhaga, Kavya Bharati and other publications. Her short stories have appeared in Eclipse, The Reader, The Little Magazine and International Gallerie. Leeya grew up in Bombay and studied at Oxford University and at Georgetown University where she was editor-in-chief of The Georgetown Public Policy Review. Mehta has published book reviews in Biblio: A Review of Books, and feature articles in The Times of India. After spending most of the last decade at the World Bank, she is currently working full time as a writer. She is Associate Editor-at-Large at Plume Poetry and a guest poetry editor at Origins Journal. She lives in Washington D.C and is working on a novel.

More on this poet: Beltway Poetry Quarterly: http://www.beltwaypoetry.com/poetry/poets/names/mehta-leeya/

You can read about her on her blog: http://leeyamehta.blogspot.com/

Other Links to her work:

The Abduction: http://www.bpj.org/poems/mehta_abduction.pdf

Watching the fifth war: http://leeyamehta.blogspot.com/2013/08/short-story-watching-fifth-war.html

The Towers of Silence: http://leeyamehta.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-towers-of-silence.html

Submitted by Leeya Mehta (date unknown); updated by Kim Roberts April 2018.

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