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Malathi Maithri

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Malathi Maithri (b.1968) is an acclaimed Tamil feminist poet, social activist, and public intellectual. She has been contributing to literary and political magazines with her poems and articles since 1989. She is the founder of the feminist literary movement Anangu and published a feminist political magazine with the same name.  She has been actively participating in and organizing movements for women’s rights, rights of the marginalized, and empowerment of fisher-folks in Puducherry, her native state, and Tamilnadu. She is a part of the People’s Movement against Koodankulam Nuclear Plants. Now she lives in Delhi.

She has published four collections of poems: Sankaraaparani (Name of a River, 2001); Neerindri Amaiyathu Ulagu (No World without Water, 2003); Niili (Name of a Goddess, 2005); and Enadhu Madu kuduvai (My Toddy Jar, 2012), and three collections of essays: Viduthalaiyai Ezhuthuthal  (Writing the Freedom, 2004); Nam Thanthaiyarai Kolvatheppati  (How to Kill Our Fathers, 2008); and Vettaveli Sirai (Open Prison, 2014). She has edited three anthologies of women’s writings. Her works have been translated into English, Galician, French, German, Malayalam, Hindi, and Kannada.

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