Indian born Usha Kishore is an award winning Manx poet and translator. Usha teaches English at the Queen Elizabeth II High School in Peel. Usha has authored 3 collections of poetry and a book of translations from the Sanskrit. The winner of an Arts Council Award and a Culture Vannin Award, Usha's debut collection On Manannan's Isle was published in 2014 by dpdotcom, Isle of Man. A second collection, Night Sky between the Stars, was published in January 2015 by Cyberwit India, followed by a book of translations from the Sanskrit, Translating the Divine Woman in December 2015 (Rasala India). In 2016, Usha was conferred with the Word Masala Award by the Word Masala Foundation, London. In 2017, Usha co-edited Home Thoughts: Poetry of the British Indian Diaspora, with the Indian academic Jaydeep Sarangi. Usha's latest collection, Immigrant was published by Eyewear
Publishing, London in 2018 and received a Culture Vannin Award.
Usha is internationally published and anthologised by Macmillan, Hodder Wayland, Oxford University Press and Harper Collins India and Orient BlackSwan India, among others. Her poetry has won prizes in UK Poetry competitions and has been part of national and international projects and features in the British Primary (Oxford University Press) and Indian Middle School and Undergraduate syllabi. Usha has read at The House of Lords, The Indian High Commission, Manx Radio, Manx LitFest, Isle of Man TV and Near FM (Dublin), among others.
Currently, Usha is pursuing a PhD in Postcolonial Poetry with Edinburgh Napier University.