Aditi Rao is a writer, teacher, and potter..
Aditi’s essays and poems have been published widely, including in Eclectica, Muse India, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Four Quarters Magazine, The Feminist Wire, the Indian Quarterly, Qarrtsiluni, The Black Rabbit Review, InfochangeIndia, People Building Peace 2.0 (published by the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict), Moments that Speak: Images and Stories of Connection (published by the Earth Charter Initiative) and others. Her first full-length collection of poetry, The Fingers Remember, was released by Yoda Press in 2014, and her second collection A Kind of Freedom Song will be released in 2018.
Aditi has been a fellow at the Sangam House International Writers’ Residency, the Jayanti residency, and the Akademie Schloss Solitude Artists Residency. She received the 2011 Srinivas Rayaprol Prize for Poetry, as well as the 2013 TFA Creative Writing in English award. In 2014, she was one of five emerging Indian writers selected by the Caravan magazine to attend the Writers of India Festival in Paris, France. Her debut collection, The Fingers Remember on the 2015 Muse India – Satish Verma Young Writer Award 2015.
Passionate about peace education and working with young people, especially teenagers, Aditi has worked extensively in the youth development and social change sectors, including with Pravah and the Gandhi Fellowship in India, SEDEPAC and UNITONA in Mexico, and The Possibility Project and Student Press Initiative in the USA. In 2014, she founded Tasawwur, a unique arts-for-social-change program that works with a diverse group of teenagers in New Delhi, for which she received the Change Looms With.in Fellowship 2014 and the World Learning Advancing Leaders Fellowship 2016. She has also been guest faculty at the Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) South-Asia program, run by the School for International Training in Vermont, and the Teacher Research Fellowships offered by the Regional Resource Centre for Elementary Education at Delhi University, along with many other short term teaching and facilitation projects at organisations, think tanks, and universities.
Aditi has a Masters’ of Fine Arts in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a Bachelors’ in Liberal Arts from Soka University of America. She also has a certificate in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding from the School of International Training, Vermont, and a Diploma in Spanish, Level C1 (Advanced Operational Proficiency) from the Ministry of Education of Spain.
Additionally, after over a decade of pursuing pottery as a hobby, Aditi set up her own ceramic studio in 2017, where she makes functional and whimsical pots from start-to-finish. She currently lives between New Delhi and Shimla with her mother, cat, and dog.