Sasha Kamini Parmasad (MFA, Columbia University) is an award-winning poet and fiction writer and author of the poetry collection No Poem (Yuganta Press). She began publicly and professionally engaging the space of Consciousness and Culture at age six, performing songs and poetry on a national scale in her native Trinidad and Tobago as well as in New Delhi, India. Sasha’s childhood poetry was published in Equality (All India Democratic Women’s Association Journal) and was awarded first place in national competitions in Trinidad and Tobago. A collection of her childhood poetry, Poems of a Girl Child, will be published in 2020.
As an adult, Sasha continues to engage the space of Consciousness and Culture as an educator, peace activist/meditation teacher, visual artist, and writer. Her first novel, Ink and Sugar, placed third in the United States in the First Words Literary Contest for South Asian Writers, while her poetry placed first in the annual Poetry International Competition and has appeared in a variety of online and print publications in the US, India, and the Caribbean, including Muse India, Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry, and Modern English Poetry by Younger Indians. Working as a community activist in Queens, NYC, Sasha co-edited the chapbook Bolo Bahen! Speak Sister!, which emerged out of an Arts & Empowerment Program co-sponsored by Sakhi for South Asian Women and Jahajee Sisters; this publication gives voice to immigrant experiences of domestic violence in Queens. Sasha’s other projects include screenplays for two short independent films, Land of Nothing (director, Amine Kouider) and Navaswan: A Tale of Self, Loss, and Love (director and cowriter, Marc Baraka Strauch), and essays on Consciousness and Culture, which have been published on the Transcendental Meditation for Women website, as well as presented at Matwaala (South Asian Diaspora Poets’ Collective) Festivals in 2015 and 2017, and at the Indenture Abolition Centenary Conference at the University of London in 2017. Over the years, Sasha has designed curricula, taught academic writing, creative writing, and multi-arts courses, and led meditation/personal development projects in programs at Columbia University and UN Women, in leadership/government circles in the US, in underserved communities (NYC, Chicago, Washington DC), and internationally. With more than twenty years of meditation experience, she has worked as a Specialist Transcendental Meditation Teacher and a Director of Special Projects with the David Lynch Foundation (NYC) and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing at Maharishi International University in Iowa.