I am a Malayali poet, fisherman and dad who shares stories to create a more tolerant Australia. I am interested in community, healing and justice, and work as the Creative Director of the Centre for Stories on Whadjuk country in Western Australia. We share stories from marginalised people to nurture an inclusive society.
I have lived in cities in India, the United States and Europe, and my education includes a double degree from ANU, masters from University of Pennsylvania, doctorate from UWA, and post-doctorate from Columbia University. Between 2013 and 2016, I edited for the journals Cordite, Peril, and Overland, and was on the Faculty of The School of Life in Melbourne. Since 2018, I have volunteered as the Chair of PEN Perth to support freedom of expression and advocate for the release of wrongfully imprisoned writers.
At the Centre for Stories, I am responsible for developing partnerships with artists and social change organisations; planning a program of activities, including writing, publishing and mentoring; quality control of all creative outputs; and implementing best-practice models that improve wellbeing. My concepts include Backstories and Portside Review.
Skills & Expertise
- Creative direction
- Community work
"Centre for Stories is a social change organisation that uses storytelling to create tolerance, challenge injustice and promote healing."
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