Monica Mody is the author of Kala Pani (1913 Press) and two cross-genre chapbooks. Her poetry also appears in Poetry International, &Now Awards 2, Eleven Eleven, Boston Review, Immanence Journal, Wyrd & Wyse, and Dusie, among other places. Monica has been the recipient of the Nicholas Sparks Writing Fellowship, Naropa's Zora Neale Hurston Scholarship, and the Toto Funds the Arts Award for Creative Writing. She has performed at the Trauma and Catharsis symposium on performing the Asian Avant-Garde, the Asian American Writers' Workshop, UC San Diego's New Writing Series, and Delta Mouth Literary Festival, among other places. She holds a PhD in East West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, where her dissertation on a decolonial feminist consciousness for South Asian borderlands utilized multiple genres, including theoretical essay, personal autobiography, and poetry. Excerpts from her dissertation have appeared in Integral Review, and been awarded the Cultural Integration Fellowship Scholarship. Her presentations include a paper on visionary poetics and inhabiting the female gaze at the Association for Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference. Monica has an MFA from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) from the National Law School of India University. She is a dancer and practitioner of earth-ecstatic spirituality.