Rochelle Potkar is a Goan-Indian whose heart beats to a universal rhythm. An alumna of Iowa’s International Writing Program (2015) and a Charles Wallace Writer’s fellow, University of Stirling (2017), she is the author of Four Degrees of Separation and Paper Asylum that was shortlisted for the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2020.
Her poetry film Skirt featured on Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland. Her poems ‘To Daraza’ won the 2018 Norton Girault Literary Prize UK, and ‘The girl from Lal Bazaar’ was shortlisted at the Gregory O’ Donoghue International Poetry Prize, Ireland 2018. The Coordinates of Us/सर्व अंशांतून आपण' is her co-authored book of poetry cross-translations in English and Marathi.
Widely anthologized, she has read her poetry at several festivals in India, Bali, Iowa, Macao, Stirling, Glasgow, Hong Kong, Ukraine, Hungary, Bangladesh, and the Gold Coast. Her first screenplay was shortlisted at the Atlanta Film Festival Screenwriting competition 2020. Her collection of short stories, Bombay Hangovers, released in 2021 to rave reviews.