Aditi Rao is the author of The Fingers Remember (Yoda Press, 2014) and A Kind of Freedom Song (Yoda Press, 2019). Her essays and poems have been published widely, and her work has been recognised by several awards and fellowships, including the Akademie Schloss Solitude Fellowship, the Hedgebrook Residency, the Sangam House Writers’ Residency, the Srinivas Rayaprol Prize for Poetry, the TFA Creative Writing in English award, the Muse India – Satish Verma Young Writer Award, amongst others. She has taught creative and research writing, while also working in the youth development and education sectors, for over a decade.
Aditi is currently working on The Daughters Project , a collection of oral histories of women across India who were raised by single women. Cutting across class, caste, region, religion, queerness, and various other demographics, the stories in this collection move beyond stereotypes of single mother households and ask a new, more interesting question: In what ways do we become women in the world differently if our childhood centre of nurture as well as power was a woman?