Aparna Mohanty(b. Dec. 1952) is a hot favourite of Odia poetry lovers for her confessional writings on women. For more than three decades she is a distinct voice celebrating womanhood and pleading for women’s liberation. She is a pioneer poet in whose writing countless women readers identify their hidden ambitions, passions, sentiments, dreams and frustrations.
Aparna’s poems sans pretensions flow spontaneously with a lyrical undertone straight from the heart that was bleeding with pangs of love. Feminism for her is not mere bra-burning, but it is the essence of woman, the woman with love, tenderness, grace and compassion, that enriches the civilization.
Writing consistently but judiciously, Aparna has so far brought out eighteen books including eleven outstanding poetry collections, four translation works and three criticism books. Her JhiapaineJharka Tia(Window for the Daughter) has been awarded byStateSahitya Akademi in 2007.
Atithi, Purnatama, Nasta Nari, Ma ra Kandana Geeta are some of her much read and admired poetry collections. Her poetry collections are translated into Hindi and Bengali languages. Her recent series of poems is on “Women in Tantra” which she writes under the title,Yogini Geet’.