Prema Bangera

Prema Bangera, a native of India, is an artist, a poet, an educator, and an editor. While she has lived in different parts of USA, her home-base has been Boston. Her writing has been published in Quick Fiction, Ibbetson Street, Muddy River Poetry Review, and other journals. She has had featured readings at Salem Arts Festival’s Afternoon Delight, Medicine Wheel, and other venues. Her artwork was exhibited at G Studios and at AAMARP Studios (as part of youth programs), and has appeared on music albums, as promotional designs, and as a book cover which has been archived at Harvard University, University of Buffalo, and UMass Boston libraries. She was a featured guest on the award-winning SCAT’s TV show “Poet to Poet, Writer to Writer.” Bangera is currently the Mixed Genre Editor of Midway Journal. And along with her passion for poetry, visual arts, dance, and theater, she is dedicated to social work and education in the Arts. She was formerly a Teaching Writer at the Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, as well as an Arts Instructor at the United South End Settlements. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Teen Voices Emerging, an all-girls program for Boston teens with a focus on writing and female empowerment. She also recently launched a healing Arts project called Narratives of Transformative Love, which began as an activity at the Cooperative Artists Institute’s Peace Drum Project, and since then she has led workshops in schools, libraries, for Boston Public School educators at the Summer Teacher Institute, and at the Kibera Kids Club in Kenya. The incentive of this project is to use art and writing to address past traumas, negative criticism, and societal expectations in order to heal and transform our identity to reflect our own strengths and develop self-love.