About Us

The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective is the coming together of poets who believe words can transform lives. Founded in 2013 in Bangalore, India, as a not-for-profit press, the Collective publishes innovative, diverse poetic voices from India & the Indian diaspora. Through a mentorship model, members of the collective support one another in producing beautiful poetry books, chapbooks, and anthologies. Through workshops, readings, and community and school events, the Collective is building a poetry community in which artistic expression leads to positive action, as each poem initiates a dialogue with society and the greater world.

Founding Poets

Minal Hajratwala  •  Ellen Kombiyil  •  Shikha Malaviya 

2016-2018 Collective Poets

Subhashini Kaligotla, Emerging Poets Prize
Akhil Katyal, Editor’s Choice Award
Ranjani Murali, Editor’s Choice Award 

2015-2017 Collective Poets

Rohan Chhetri, Emerging Poets Prize
Vidhu Aggarwal, Editor’s Choice Award
Jennifer Robertson, Editor’s Choice Award


Poet Advisors

Meena Alexander
Sampurna Chattarji
Eunice de Souza
Carolyn Forché
Ranjit Hoskote
Ravi Shankar
Prageeta Sharma
Arundhathi Subramaniam


Advisors Emeritus 

Jerry Pinto
Sudeep Sen