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Geethanjali Rajan

Geethanjali Rajan

Born: India
Resides: Chennai, India
E-mail: gvengunad (at) gmail (dot) com

Geethanjali Rajan teaches Japanese and English in Chennai, India. Her journey into haiku and other Japanese poetry forms started around the year 2003. Her poems have appeared in international journals and anthologies. She also conducts workshops in India to help spread the awareness about haiku and allied poetry forms. Her interests include music, books, Japanese calligraphy. She currently serves as the editor of haiku at cattails.

Awards and Other Honors:

Redleaf Poetry India Award 2013 (haiku); Honourable Mention in the Genjuan International haibun Competition 2014, 2016 and 2020; second place (haiku) at the Tata Lit Live, 2014; second place in The Sonic Boom International Senryu Competition 2015; VBCF Sakura award (International category) 2017.

Books Published:

longing for sun longing for rain (haiku, senryu, haibun and tanka prose) Red River (India), 2023; Unexpected Gift, Éditions des petits nuages (Canada), 2021, an e-book of collaborative haikai poetry co-authored with Sonam Chhoki, Bhutan.

Selected Work
clear sky―
the vendor sells clouds
of cotton candy
last night’s storm―
mother sweeps away
   the broken nest
through an empty nest 
on a bare branch―
pieces of moon
hearing aid―
grandma now complains 
about the squirrels
sakura flurry
the pre-schooler turns
into an airplane
incontinence . . . 
remains of rain
from the red-tile roof


“clear sky” – The Mainichi Shimbun Dec. 12, 2013; “last night’s storm“ – RaedLeafPoetry India Award (haiku) – First Place, 2013; “through an empty nest“; “hearing aid“ – A Hundred Gourds 2:4, Sept. 2013; “sakura flurry“ – Sakura Award International Category - Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2017; “incontinence“ – Gene Murtha Third Annual Senryu Contest – Honorable Mention 2018.

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