Kashiana Singh is from India, lives in North Carolina and embodies her TEDx talk theme of Work as Worship into her everyday. She is a management professional by definition but a work or poet practitioner by personal preference.
Kashiana’s latest full-length collection “Woman by the Door” with Apprentice House Press is a knitted collage of poems rooted in lived experiences and saturated with the poet’s varied sensibilities and influences. The poems flow through three sections – Aperture explores poems of memory and family, Portal opens the door to transition and growth, Detours holds our hand through loss and ache. The woman herself is an intersection, always kneeling by the door – coming, going, waiting, leaning in. Witnessing. Relentlessly she receives and offers lifetimes. Woman by the Door is ultimately preoccupied with paying tribute to that woman.
Shelling Peanuts and Stringing Words is her debut collection of poems and was released in January 2019 by Impish Lass Publications. The book is divided into eight themed sections, with an illustrated section header and the sections progress forming an arc in their intensity. Starts with remembered routines, moves to pedagogy of permissions which is focused on female identity including rape. The next section is about death and acceptance. Continuing to expand outwards, the next section is about an abridged world weighed down by war, divide and borders. After peaking thus, it shifts to nature and people portraits before it comes full circle back to the theme of observations of everyday life. Kashiana has collaborated with New York based artist Japneet Kaur who has done the illustrations for each section of the book.
Crushed Anthills is her chapbook from Yavanika Press in 2020. Anthills are a by-product of hard-working ants digging subterrestrial tunnels. It is a proven fact that ants displace more earth/soil than any other organism. Kashiana has threading through different cities as similar to ants: moving constantly, creating anthills, and then crushing them as she moved on crate her next dwelling. Crushed Anthills is an unraveling of 10 cities through a maze of memories – with poems and accompanying photographs from personal archives.
Kashiana’s poems have been published on various platforms including Poets Reading the News, Visual Verse, Oddball Magazine, Café Dissensus, TurnPike Magazine, Inverse Journal, Counter Currents, Borderless Journal, Alien Buddha Press and she is also a Mogul regular.