A poet and editor, Kala Ramesh writes and teaches haiku, tanka, haibun and renku to children, undergrads and senior citizens. An external faculty member of the Symbiosis International University Pune since 2012, she teaches Japanese short forms of poetry to undergrads — a first in her country.
In collaboration with artists, musicians, and dancers, Kala has given several readings in public places. Her recent one was on 24 June at India Habitat Centre Delhi. She created the ‘Rasika’ form, an eight-verse renku (collaborative linked verses) fashioned after Matsuo Basho’s non-thematic style.
Kala is Editor at Under the Basho (USA); Editor of the Youth Corner, Cattails (USA); Ex-poetry Editor of Katha.org (Delhi); Editor of Haiku and Short Verses, Muse India (Hyderabad); Deputy Editor-in-Chief, World Haiku Review (UK) and serves on the editorial team of Living Haiku Anthology and Living Senryu Anthology (USA).Chief Haiku Mentor at the Katha’s ‘Search for Excellence in Creative Writing for Children.’(Delhi)