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Susmita Paul


First Language(s): Bengali
Second Language(s): English, Hindi, German


Susmita Paul. Indian. Bi-lingual writer. Writes in English and Bengali. Published poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction. Some places where her writings have found home are Through the Looking Glass Anthology (Indie Blu(e) Publishing), Montauk, Headline Poetry and Press, Plato's Caves online, and Poetry and COVID. She is the Founding Editor of The Pine Cone Review. Her website: www.susmitapaul.org.


What was your favorite book as a child?

A Bengali translation of a book of stories from epics from across the world.

Do you remember the original reason or motivation why you started writing creatively?

I guess creative writing was my way of stepping away from the rulebook existence that I lived as a child. At 5 I wrote my first rhyming poem. I remember the joy and pride that piece gave me. As an adult, taking to creative writing seriously was not a conscious decision. It chose me rather than me choosing it.

What was the most adventurous or thrilling thing you ever did/experienced?

I guess it has to be scuba diving in the middle of the Indian Ocean and being blinded into disbelief at the underwater life. And, I can't swim.

Do you listen to music while reading or writing?

I don't. I feel listening to music, or reading or writing –– each requires a deep meditative space. Overlapping them overwhelms me greatly.


Flash Nonfiction
Issue Fall '21

Supported by:

Land Steiermark: Kultur, Europa, Außenbeziehungen
U.S. Embassy Vienna
Stadt Graz