S. Rupsha Mitra (she / her)
S. Rupsha Mitra is a poet from India with a penchant for everything creative. She is a feminist writer and an advocate for disability and mental health.
Rupsha has been writing poetry since childhood and began to publish her work at the age of seventeen. Rupsha’s writing has appeared in Around the Round Table Journal, Audacity Magazine, The Birmingham Arts Journal, Brown Girl Magazine, Chautauqua Journal, Ekstasis (Christianity Today), The Frame Magazine, Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi), The Kali Anthology: Poems by Indian Women Poets, The London Reader, Mekong Review, Mermaids Monthly, Muse India, North Dakota Quarterly, Pif Magazine, Propertius Press, Science for the People Magazine, South End Stories, and South Seattle Emerald.
When Rupsha wrote the winning poem “Portrait of Woman” in the 2022 Building Legacy Artistry Community Culture (BLACC) poetry contest, Demetra Davis, the contest's creator, called the poem “a powerful…depiction of the beautiful, strong women in the Indian culture.” Rupsha was also the finalist in the 2021 Voice of Peace: International Poetry and Short Story Anthology Competition organized by The League of Poets. In 2020, her work received honours at the National Poetry Contest of India held by eShe Magazine. Aekta Kapoor, a publisher and contest judge, wrote that Rupsha's writing has “rare emotional maturity.”
Rupsha participated in the collaborative Nautanki Festival project organized by Nautanki नौटंकी Creation in 2022 and in 2021 Rupsha's chapbook Dandelion Skin was released by Origami Poems, her chapbook Soul God was the finalist in the chapbook contest held by The Poetry Question, and she took part in The Poetry inPrint Residency. In addition to her creative work, Rupsha wrote an episode for the National Diversity Awards nominated podcast Hear Myself Think.
Rupsha is enamoured with dance and believes that all art forms inspire one another. She studies psychology at the University of Calcutta and is fascinated by concepts such as defense mechanisms and aspects of religion and national heritage. Rupsha often likes to explore themes such as culture, spirituality, and identity in her writing and in her poetry collection Smoked Frames, forthcoming from JLRB Press in 2023, Rupsha writes about Indian cities, sites, and love.