La Macina di San Cresci



“Artists are interesting creatures. We can be obsessive, dedicated, spirited and single minded in our pursuit for that perfect realisation of our art. We tend to be outsiders and are often that square peg in the round hole, so when you find an oasis like San Cresci you hold on tight -- for it’s that sense of belonging which welcomes you.”
Rebecca Rath , Australia

Discipline: Literary, Poetry
Country: India
At La Macina: 2017

Jonaki Ray studied Chemistry and Computer Science at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India (IIT K) and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), USA. After working briefly as a software engineer, she returned to India and her first love, English.

She says: My work is inspired by the words of Audre Lorde, because it is when we break our silence that we can create art, and that art is what will save us.
" I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We've been taught that silence would save us, but it won't." – Audre Lorde


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