Saheli Khastagir

Emerging Writers’ Residencies Artistic
Type of work
Literary Artist

Saheli Khastagir is a painter, writer & development professional from India, living in New Orleans. One third of her days are spent providing professional service in monitoring and evaluation, technical writing and research for programs spanning gender, education, health, labor, child protection and youth across the Global South. Another third of her days are spent making paintings of surreal worlds through which she tries to make the viewers take a leap of empathy and imagination. The rest of the time, she writes poems, fiction and essays to hold her reachings and longings. During her residency, she will be working on her first collection of poems (tentatively called “Doorways”) exploring the ideas of home, rootedness and belonging. Photo by Anjana Thampy.