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Vandana Parashar

Vandana Parashar, 2021
Self-portrait

Vandana Parashar (born Vandana Mehta, January 2, 1975, Ambala Cantonment, Haryana, India), past part-time lecturer in microbiology at Kurukshetra University, editor, and poet writing primarily in English. Since 2015 her haiku, senryu, tanka, and tanka prose have been published in national and international journals and have won top awards in competitions including the Samurai Haibun Contest (2017), the Setouchi Matsuyama Photo Haiku Contest (2019), the Golden Triangle Haiku Contest (2022), the Fujisan Tanka Contest (2022), and the Polish and the Kusamakura international competitions (both 2023). A haiku of hers was shortlisted for a Touchstone Award for Individual Poems (2020). She has published two senryu chapbooks, I Am (PDF, 2019) and Alone, I Am Not (paperback, 2022). Parashar is an associate editor of haikuKATHA, an editor of Poetry Pea and #FemkuMag, and has been the featured columnist for Whiptail: Journal of the Single-Line Poem. After having lived in several places, she has now settled in Panchkula, Haryana, India.


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Updated on January 27, 2024