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Beyond Borders: Vandana Kumar’s Melody of Multifaceted Words

In the vibrant literary landscape of New Delhi, Vandana Kumar stands as a polymath—a French teacher, translator, recruitment consultant, indie film producer, cinephile, and a poetic soul whose verses resonate both nationally and internationally.

Her poetic journey unfolds on prestigious platforms such as ‘Mad Swirl,’ ‘Grey Sparrow Journal,’ ‘The Piker Press,’ ‘Dissident Voice,’ ‘Borderless journal,’ ‘Madras Courier,’ ‘Outlook,’ ‘Ink Pantry,’ ‘Backwards Trajectory,’ ‘The Daily Pointers,’ ‘Synchronized Chaos,’ and more. Vandana’s verses have found a home in literary journals like ‘Fine Lines’ and anthologies such as ‘Harbinger Asylum,’ ‘Kali Project,’ and ‘But You Don’t Look Sick.’

The ‘Kali Project,’ a groundbreaking feminist anthology, now resides in the ‘North Carolina Regional Library’ and achieved recognition as a Finalist for the 15th Annual National Indie Excellence® Awards. Vandana Kumar’s contributions to this anthology showcase her commitment to amplifying diverse voices and narratives.

A testament to her influence in the poetry realm, Vandana served as a jury member for the ‘All India Poetry Competition’ organized by ‘Cocoa-Butter.’ Her editorial finesse shines through as she co-edited their debut print anthology, a tangible result of the competition in 2020-2021.

Stepping onto the global stage, Vandana represented India as the sole participant from a pool of 40 poets in the ‘INĐIJA PRO POET 2023’ festival held in Serbia. Her poem, translated into Serbian, found a place in the Pro Poet anthology published as part of the festival.

February 2023 marked a significant milestone in Vandana’s literary journey with the release of her debut collection of poems titled ‘Mannequin Of Our Times.’ This poignant compilation has not only captivated readers but also earned accolades, including ‘The Panorama International Book Award’ 2023 and ‘The Mighty Pens Awards’ 2023.

As Vandana Kumar continues to weave words that transcend boundaries and genres, she emerges not only as a literary artisan but also as a trailblazer, championing the cause of diverse voices and narratives on both national and international fronts. Her poetic expressions echo the vibrancy of New Delhi, resonating with readers around the globe.

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