Manisha Anjali is a writer, artist, and researcher. Her work spans from publishing to performance; to ethnography and community education. Manisha was born in Suva, Fiji, then lived in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa New Zealand and is currently on the lands of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation in Naarm/Melbourne. Her life and practice is wholly pan-Pacific, indebted to these lands, oceans and skies.
Manisha is the founder of Community Dream Project, a research and documentation platform for dreams, visions and hallucinations. In 2020, Community Dream Project hosted the COVID-19 COLLECTIVE DREAM JOURNAL, a public archive of dreams experienced by the People of the World during the coronavirus pandemic.
Manisha believes the artist must work between two realms – the dream realm and the waking realm. She has facilitated workshops and courses on creativity and the unconscious at SIGNAL, University of Melbourne, RMIT First Site Gallery, Digital Writers’ Festival and Free Association.
Manisha embodies a creative practice rooted in poetry, performance and improvisation of the throat and tongue. She has exhibited at Casula Powerhouse, Bus Projects, c3 artspace and SEVENTH Gallery. She has performed at Melbourne Writers’ Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, Emerging Writers’ Festival and Brunswick Music Festival.
Her writings have been published in Portside Review, Best of Australian Poems 2021, ie – for the people we will be, Liminal Magazine, Cordite Poetry Review, IKA Journal, Peril Magazine and Meanjin. She guest-edited Runway Journal Issue 41: LOVE and was formerly the Poetry Editor at The Lifted Brow.
Manisha has been a recipient of BLINDSIDE’s Regional Arts & Research Residency at Mooramong, a Writer-in-Residence at Incendium Radical Library and a Hot Desk Fellow at The Wheeler Centre.
Photo by Jessie Prince for Tula the Label, Arakwal country.