Manisha Anjali is a writer and artist working with text, performance and installation. Her practice and research explores narratives and languages of dreams and exile.
Her chapbook Electric Lotus is available from Incendium Radical Library Press.
Manisha is the producer of Neptune—an archive of dreams, hallucinations and visions of the People of the World. Neptune hosts the COVID-19 COLLECTIVE DREAM JOURNAL.
Manisha is the recipient of BLINDSIDE’s Regional Art + Research Residency at Mooramong. She has been a Hot Desk Fellow at The Wheeler Centre, an Emerging Cultural Leader at Footscray Community Arts Centre and a Writer in Residence at Incendium Radical Library. Manisha is currently the Poetry Editor at The Lifted Brow. She recently guest-edited Runway Journal ISSUE 41:LOVE.
She has exhibited in group shows at Bus Projects, c3 contemporary art space, Casula Powerhouse and SEVENTH Gallery.
Manisha has performed and spoken on panels at Melbourne Writers Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, National Young Writers Festival, Emerging Writers Festival, West Writers Forum, Bendigo Writers Festival, Newstead Short Story Tattoo and a number of events around Australia and New Zealand.
Her published works can be found in Meanjin, Peril Magazine, Seizure, Blackmail Press, Lor Journal and IKA Journal.
In partnership with Free Association and Schoolhouse Studios, Manisha taught a series of creative writing workshops called The Two-Headed Bird: A Surrealist Writing Workshop, supported by City of Yarra. She has delivered workshops at Incendium Radical Library, Footscray Community Arts Centre, National Young Writers Festival and Digital Writers’ Festival.
Manisha has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and Film from the University of Auckland (Aotearoa) and a first class Honours degree in Creative Arts from Victoria University (Melbourne).
Manisha was born in Suva, Fiji and raised in Aotearoa. She currently lives in Naarm/Melbourne on unceded Wurundjeri country. Manisha pays her respects to their elders past, present and emerging.