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Teesta Review: A Journal of Poetry 

Call for submissions: Volume 5, Number 2 (November 2022)

Guest Editors: Amelia Walker  and Aden Burg

Image & Interest :

Theme:  Interliminal Encounters:Indian and Australian writers in po(i)etic dialogue

India and Australia are vastly different, culturally and geographically. Yet we share common histories of British invasion/colonisation with its ongoing ramifications across social, cultural, spiritual, ecological, epistemic and economic spheres. The present moment is one of increasing anxiety worldwide, fuelled by real threats to peace, health, our environment, homes, communities, and indeed, future life and values. Under these conditions, tensions are mounting between nations, reflecting the observations Rabindranath Tagore made in his important book Nationalism:


‘Because each nation has its own history of thieving and lies and broken faith, therefore there can only flourish international suspicion and jealousy, and international moral shame becomes anæmic to a degree of ludicrousness. The nation's bagpipe of righteous indignation has so often changed its tune according to the variation of time and to the altered groupings of the alliances of diplomacy, that it can be enjoyed with amusement as the variety performance of the political music hall.’

(Tagore 1917 [2011]: 178)

Poetry is a practice and a space via which we can overcome the false divides, isolation and suspicions such circumstances foster. Through poetry, we can find connection and modes of collaboration across borders of multiform kinds. While respecting differences, we can recognise commonalities and work together towards shared hopes. Such possibilities were demonstrated in Special Issue #60 of TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses:‘Indian-Australian exchanges through collaborative poetic enquiry’(Sarangi & Walker 2020). In our new November 2022 special issue of Teesta, we seek to expand the Indian-Australian connections fostered through the TEXT special issue, and to consider the potentials interliminal po(i)etic dialogue may raise for broaching the challenges both our lands—and others globally—presently face.

As noted in the introduction to the TEXT special issue, a limen is a border, threshold, or point of crossing-over, andthe concept ‘interliminality’ one we borrow from translation studies, where it is used to indicate ‘complex dynamics that arise at points of overlap or contact between differing liminalities oflanguage, culture, geography, and more (Sarangi & Walker 2020: 1). Through the term ‘po(i)etic’ we signal poetry’s connections with the Greek notion of poiesisas making. In our special issue, we thus specifically seek poetry and articles about poetry that makes something at the intersecting limens of culture, geography, society, knowledge, history and more.

We encourage those intending to submit to consult the TEXT special issue (Sarangi & Walker 2020: 1) for samples of the styles of work we seek to publish. We are interested in collaborative as well as individually-authoredcritical articles and reviews that establish connections and/or probe the fascinating differences betweenIndian and Australian writing, culture, experience, thought, philosophy and life. We are also interested in submissions of poetry and art images evoking these themes as well as those of place, space and placed-ness. Beyond this, we are potentially interested in any submissions exploring Indian-Australian connections, particularly from a postcolonial or decolonial standpoint.Those wishing to discuss submission queries with the editors are warmly encouraged to contact us via the email address provided in the submission instructions.


Works Cited in Call for Submissions

Sarangi, J & Walker, A 2020 ‘Introduction’ to TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, vol. 24, special issue no. 60, at:

Tagore, R 1917 [2011], excerpt from ‘Nationalism’, in The Essential Tagore, eds FakrulAlam& Radha Chakravarty, Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA.


Submission Instructions

Submissions should be e-mailed to Guest Editor Amelia Walker at with cc to

Works of literature should be attached to the email as a .doc, .docx . We will not consider submissions that are not within these file format. We suggest that submissions be formatted with 12 pt. Times New Roman type, APA. Please add a cover letter into the body of the email with  your first and last name, email address, and the title of your work(s). 


Art Gallery

·         Paintings, photographs, sketches related to the theme


All submissions should be accompanied by a brief bio note (30 words) and high-resolution photo . All work in a Word file must be electronically submitted to our  Guest Editor Amelia Walker at cc to with "Submission: Genre: Name, Title" in the subject line (for example, "Submission: Poetry :Jane Smith"). No fees required. Simultaneous submissions to other journals are permitted, as long as you notify us promptly if your poetry/paper /art is accepted elsewhere.

Deadline :  30 September 2022


For general inquiries, requests, and concerns, contact us at

While we are generally responsive, please give us up to 30 days to respond to your submission(s). We are not a paying market at the moment.

We ask for exclusive rights to published pieces for a period of two weeks. After that, republishing with attribution is welcome.

 Opinions and other statements expressed by contributors are theirs alone and not opinions of Teesta. Content created by any contributor is the sole responsibility of the contributor and its accuracy and completeness are not guaranteed by Teesta. The Editor of the issue reserves the right to modify your work(s) as per Teesta Review's standard policy.

We’re excited to see what you have for us.

Let us flow like the river.


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