Malayali poet Nithya Mariam John nominated for American literary award, Pushcart Prize

Nithya Mariam John

Kozhikode: Malayali poet Nithya Mariam John has been nominated for an American literary award, the Pushcart Prize.

She was nominated for the prize for this year by the editors of Last Leaves Magazine, who had published her poem titled 'Seven Nights of Mourning'. The author shared the news with her social media followers.

Every year since 1976, 'Best of the Small Presses' has been released as a collection of award-winning works by the Pushcart Prize, which is "the most honored literary project in America," according to its website.

“The Pushcart Prize has been a labor of love and independent spirits since its founding. It is one of the last surviving literary co-ops from the 60's and 70's,” it says.

The Prize welcomes up to six nominations from “little magazine and small book press editors throughout the world.”

Nithya has published three short collections of poems. Her works are housed in Sahitya Akademi's Indian Literature, The Alipore Post, Borderless, Gulmohar quarterly, Hyderabad Literature Festival-Khabar, Muse India, The Samyuktha Poetry, Malayalam Literature Survey, Ink-Kochi, Usawa Literary Review, Sanglap, DoubleSpeak, Last Leaves, Qissa and Muddy River Review.

Her poems have been translated and published in Odiya. A few have been translated into Malayalam and Tamil as well. She has translated writers, including Unni R, Shahina E K, Anju Sajith and Gracy into English.

Nithya teaches in the English department of BCM College for Women, Kottayam.

'Seven Nights of Mourning' can be read here (page number 204).

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