Indian born Usha Kishore is an award winning Manx poet and translator from the Sanskrit. Usha teaches English at the Queen Elizabeth II High School in Peel. Usha has authored 2 collections of poetry and a book of translations from the Sanskrit. The winner of an Arts Council Award and a Culture Vannin Award, Usha's debut collection On Manannan's Isle was published in 2014 by dpdotcom, Isle of Man. A second collection, Night Sky between the Stars, was published in 2015 by Cyberwit India and a book of translations from the Sanskrit, Translating the Divine Woman was published in December 2015 by Rasala India. Recently Usha was conferred with the Word Masala Award by the Word Masala Foundation, in London and will be reading at The House of Lords in June.
Usha is internationally published and anthologised by Macmillan, Hodder Wayland, Oxford University Press and Harper Collins among others. Her poetry has won prizes in UK Poetry competitions; the most recent being, the Exiled Writers Ink Poetry Competition, 2014. Usha's poetry has been part of international projects and features in the British Primary (Oxford University Press) and Indian Middle School syllabus.
Usha is committed to Ekphrasis and has undertaken a number of Ekphrastic projects including, Bones of Time and Nine Threads Woven (with British artist Carola Colley) and Prerna (Inspiration) with Indian artist Sandhya Arvind. Currently Usha is engaged in the project Radha, the Sensuous Goddess, with UK based Indian dancer Prajyoti Madhusudhan.