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.
She is the author of Electric Lotus (Incendium Radical Library Press, 2019). Her first chapbook is Sugar Kane Woman, a collection of poems about the dreams and hallucinations of exiled Indo-Fijian women.
Manisha is the producer of Neptune—an audio archive of dreams, hallucinations and visions of artists, writers and thinkers.
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 has exhibited in group shows at Bus Projects, c3 contemporary art space, KINGS Artist-Run and SEVENTH Gallery.
She has performed 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, IKA Journal and Tell Me Like You Mean It Vol 3.
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 Auckland, Aotearoa. She currently lives in Naarm/Melbourne on unceded Wurundjeri country. Manisha pays her respects to their elders past, present and emerging.