About

Profile PicSaradha Koirala is from Wellington, New Zealand and is of Nepali and Pākehā descent. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters and her poetry has been published widely. Saradha has had all kinds of jobs over the years including washing dishes, shelving books, reading the news and preparing people to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For the last ten years she’s been teaching English literature and creative writing at High Schools and universities. She now lives in Melbourne.

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Publications

Books:

2016
(forthcoming) Lonesome When You Go (YA fiction), Mākaro Press 

2013
Tear Water Tea (poetry), Steele Roberts Aotearoa

2009
Wit of the Staircase (poetry),  Steele Roberts Aotearoa

Poetry:
2014
“Reach” in Truth or Beauty: Poetry and Biography chapbook

2013
“The First Farewell” in  ‘Gondwanaland’ Cordite Poetry Review
“At Ninety” and “Mise-en-scene” at A Place for Tulsi
“Tika” on Tuesday Poem Blog, with commentary from Harvey Molloy

2012
At Midland Park” in Eat Your Words: Wellington Cafe Poems
“Gravity” in Hue & Cry – Issue 06

2011
“The cat teaches me about death” in Hue & Cry – Issue 05
“And now” in New Zealand Listener 21st May
“Portrait” in broadsheet nz 7

2010
“Retreating” and “Butterflies from moths” in Hue & Cry – Issue 04

2009
“Echolalia” in Moments in the Whirlwind, NZPS

2008
“I once lived by myself in a treehouse” and “Zoo” in Sport 36
“The season” in Lumiere Reader

2007
“Framed” and “An old wolf of a day” in Turbine 07

Featured:

2013
“New Year’s Resolution” at Books in the Trees
“Archaeology” at Small Marks  (Elizabeth Welsh)
“Hinged” at Gurgle Words
“A secret I don’t mind you knowing” at Tim Jones’ Books in the Trees
“Tassel” at Mary McCallum’s blog

2012
“The News” at Helen Rickerby’s blog

2011
“Flowering Room” at Janis Freegard’s blog

2010
“Echolalia” at Tim Jones’ Blog

Reviews:

2015
“Anatomy + This must be the place” – Poetry review for Lumiere Reader
“The Music of Being Human” – Auckland Writers Festival at Lumiere Reader

2014
“Stuff I’ve Been Reading” by Nick Hornby for Lumiere Reader

2013
“A History of Silence: A Memoir” by Lloyd Jones for Lumiere Reader
“Sure to Rise” an interview with Latika Vasil for Lumiere Reader
“Unspeakable Secrets of the Aro Valley” Interview with Danyl Mclauchlan
Auckland Writers and Readers Festival 2013 for Lumiere Reader
“The Sportswriter” Interview with Shehan Karunatilaka for Lumiere Reader
“How to Speak New Zenglish” for Lumiere Reader
“I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen” for Lumiere Reader

2012
“Honoured New Zealand Writer: Maurice Gee” in Readings

2011
“An hour with David Mitchell” in Readings

2010
“Bright Star”, “Moon”, “Daybreakers” and “A Single Man” for Magneto

2010
“The Great Gatsby” for Magneto

2009
“The Clean House”, “Blood Wedding” and “The Year of the Rat” for Magneto

2008
“Big Day Out ’08” for Lumiere Reader

2007
“Word Play” for Lumiere Reader 

Guest Editor:

2015
Tuesday Poem Blog, 19th May Alice Miller

2014
Tuesday Poem Blog, 20th May Kirsti Whalen

2013
Tuesday Poem Blog, July 9th Maria McMillan

2012
Tuesday Poem Blog, October 9th Vaughn Gunson
Tuesday Poem Blog, February 7th Bill Nelson

2011
Tuesday Poem Blog, June 13th Janis Freegard

2010
Tuesday Poem Blog, August 31st Anna Livesey