Aditi Rao is a writer, educator, and dreamer. Passionate about peace education and working with young people, especially teenagers, Aditi has worked extensively in the youth development and social change sectors in India, Mexico, and the USA. In 2014, she founded Tasawwur, a unique arts-for-social-change program that works with a diverse group of teenagers in New Delhi, for which she received the Change Looms With.in Fellowship 2014 and the World Learning Advancing Leaders Fellowship 2016.
Aditi’s essays and poems have been published widely in InfochangeIndia, Muse India, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Four Quarters Magazine, The Feminist Wire, the Indian Quarterly, People Building Peace 2.0 (published by the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict), Moments that Speak: Images and Stories of Connection (published by the Earth Charter Initiative) and others. Her first full-length collection of poetry, The Fingers Remember, was released by Yoda Press.
Aditi has been a fellow at the Sangam House International Writers’ Residency, and the Jayanti residency, and she will be at the Akademie Schloss Solitude Artists Residency in 2018. She received the 2011 Srinivas Rayaprol Prize for Poetry, as well as the 2013 TFA Creative Writing in English award. In 2014, she was one of five emerging Indian writers selected by the Caravan magazine to attend the Writers of India Festival in Paris, France. Her debut collection, The Fingers Remember won the 2015 Muse India – Satish Verma Young Writer Award 2015.
Aditi holds a Masters’ of Fine Arts in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a Bachelors’ in Liberal Arts from Soka University of America. She also has a certificate in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding from the School of International Training, Vermont, and a Diploma in Spanish, Level C1 (Advanced Operational Proficiency) from the Ministry of Education of Spain.
She currently lives between New Delhi and Shimla with her mother, cat, and dog.