Manisha Anjali is an artist, writer and educator. She was born in Suva, Viti. She grew up in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa and currently lives in Naarm, on the unceded land of the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation.
She is the founder of Community Dream Practice, a research and documentation platform for dreams, visions and hallucinations. In 2020, Community Dream Practice 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 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.