Writing for the necessity of joy and the joy of necessity...

R a s m a   H a i d r i


Rasma Haidri’s poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in River Teeth, Action Spectacle, Under the Radar, Prairie Schooner, Sycamore Review, Fourth Genre, among other journals, and anthologies in the US, UK, Norway, India, Hong Kong, and UAE. She is the author of a poetry collection, As If Anything Can Happen, and three college textbooks. Recognitions for her writing include theSouthern Women Writers creative non-fiction award, the Wisconsin Academy of Arts, Letters & Science poetry award, Western Michigan University’s Third Coast Conference prize for fiction, NewVerseNews’ Best of the Net nomination, Riddled with Arrow’s Ars Poetica prize, and EasyStreet magazine’s award for The Great American Sentence. Rasma reads for the Baltic Residency and is an editorial advisor for PRISM. She holds an M.Sc. in education from the University of Wisconsin and an MFA in writing from the University of British Columbia. She is a first-generation South Asian and second-generation Norwegian-American. As a child she lived in Detroit, Miami, Manhattan and Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Later years were spent in Wisconsin, France, Hawaii and Norway where she now makes her home on a seacoast island.