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Sneha Sundaram

Sneha Sundaram

Born: in Mumbai, India
Resides: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
E-mail: sunshine (dot) haiku (at) gmail (dot) com

Sneha Sundaram is an engineer, poet and amateur photographer. Her background is in Engineering (BE, Mumbai University) and Business (MBA, The Pennsylvania State University), but poetry has always been the voice of her conscience. Originally from Mumbai, India, she now lives in Jersey City, USA. Her poems have been published in Asahi Shimbun, Texas Poetry Calendar, Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Whirlwind, JACLR by UC Madrid, Aaduna, Jaggery, Contemporary Haibun Online, Haibun Today, Sonic Boom, Tinywords, Qu Literary Magazine, and several other international publications and anthologies. An exhibition of her Haiku and Photographs, ‘A Gingko Walk’ will be displayed at the Asian American Resource Center in Austin TX, USA from January to March 2020.

Awards and Other Honors:

The 2019 Gayatri GaMarsh Memorial Award for Literary Excellence by Ananda Mandir, NJ.; Sakura award USA, in the 2019 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational; 3rd Prize in the 20th Kusamakura International Haiku contest; 2nd Prize 2016 Wordweavers Haiku contest; Semifinalist in the Ito En Art of Haiku Contest, 2017.She has received commendations and honorable mentions in the British Council & Sampad ‘Inspired by Museum’ poetry contest, Capoliveri International Haiku contest 2015 and 2016, the 5th Polish International Haiku Competition, the 2nd International Bulgarian Cherry Blossoms Haiku contest, the Tri Rijeke Croatian International Haiku contest, the Autumn Moon-Viewing Haiku Contest 2014, the 2015 International Matsuo Bashō Award, among others. Her haiku have also been displayed on the streets of Washington DC as part of the Golden Triangle DC Haiku Contest 2016 and 2017.

Books Published: Sunshine Blooms and Haiku, Copyright by Sneha Sundaram, October 2019

Selected Work
still filling 
the room you left
night blooming jasmine
long before
you walked away
winter moon 
jigsaw puzzle your fingers find mine
in the middle of the storm snow angels
cold sunshine
I merge into
your shadow
waiting for you
to make the first move
cherry blossoms


“still filling” –tinywords Issue 19.1, 2019; “long before“ – Frogpond vol. 41.2, Spring/Summer 2018; “jigsaw puzzle“ – Modern Haiku vol. 49.2, Summer 2018; “in the middle of the storm” – Four Hundred and Two Snails: The Haiku Society of America Members' Anthology 2018, ed. Nicholas M. Sola, 2018; “cold sunshine“ – ephemerae Issue 2, 2018; “waiting for you“ – USA Sakura Award Winner, Vancouver Cheery Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational, 2019.

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