Leeya Mehta


Leeya Mehta writes a bi-monthly column for the Independent on the reading and writing life, "The Company We Keep." She is a prize-winning poet and author of A Story of the World Before the Fence and The Towers of Silence. She is an editor with Plume Poetry. Leeya grew up in Bombay and was a Radhakrishnan Scholar at Oxford University. After travels through the Arctic borderlands and Japan, she now lives in Washington, DC, where she works in international development. She has just finished a novel, Extinction. Discover her latest work here.

[Photo by Michaela Hackner.]


19 entries by Leeya Mehta

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Allegories for the writing self.

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Keeping an eye on other people’s poets.

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Finding my way — with a little help from William Blake.

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…And other questions for a new year.

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Exploring the artist’s responsibility in times of turmoil.

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Presenting my fall pandemic schedule.

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Sharing books from around the world with my children and our friends.

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The everyday politics of “there is enough room.”

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Putting sacrifice in perspective amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Seeking self-help in the New Year.

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Reading tips, apps, and so much more

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DC’s literary life, venues, & dis-n-dat.

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The art of calculating one’s self-worth

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Anthems for our time, and remembering a hero

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Poetic inspiration for the holidays

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Understanding that we are the circumstances.

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