Interview with Kavya Sharma.


Kavya Sharma is a womanist, a poet and a fiction author. She has two books to her name, a poetry book called The Carmine Memories and a recently released women’s fiction novel To Naddiyaa. Apart from this her poems have been featured in various anthologies including Ninety Seven Poems by Terribly Tiny Tales, A Map Called Home by Kitaab Singapore, The 7 Transgressions by Half Baked Beans, Being Chained to Being the Change by Muktha Foundation, etc. She is among the 100 Most Inspiring Authors of India 2018 by The Indian Awaaz and has been given Honorable Mention by Delhi Poetry Slam for excellence in poetry, she has also been interviewed/featured in various newspapers like The Asian News, Deccan Chronicle, Zoom Delhi, The Sunday Guardian, The Pioneer, BBC Nottingham Radio, etc. She works as a creative writing trainer for The Climbers, My Captain Programme, and as a commissioning editor for a publishing house in Delhi. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Verse of Silence literary magazine.



1) How would you describe your journey so far?

Honestly, the journey so far has been exhausting and yet full of new experiences and amazing responses regarding my novel, regarding my poetry and I think that is exactly what keeps me going. It’s not easy making a name in this field, I know so many talented artists/writers and we are all struggling together. Over the years I’ve only grown and that’s the intention for times ahead. I think now, I’ve come to terms with my own art.


2) If you had to describe yourself in a poem which one would it be?

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou. I love that poem and I find it very inspiring.


Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

3) What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on my 2nd novel and third book. Apart from that I am working towards making my magazine Verse of Silence a more accessible platform for artists across the world and editing a few manuscripts.


4)Which are your favourite books?

Oh! I like quite a few, Beloved by Toni Morrison, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga, In Custody by Anita Desai, etc.

5)Would you like to dedicate a poem/ or quote from your books for our readers?

“We all are trying to find some meaning in life, trying to find some sense of the life we are leading and that’s how we all die having arrived at nothing but memories of the past to hold onto.”


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