Indra Neil Mekala
Born: December 24 1978 in Rajamahendravaram, Andhra Pradesh, India
Resides: Rajamahendravaram, Andhra Pradesh, India
E-mail: dr_indraneil (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) in
Indra Neil is a radiologist by profession residing at Rajamahendravaram, a beautiful city situated by the banks of river Godavari. He loves reading and writing poetry and haiku is his favourite genre. His haiku have been published in various journals and websites - Akitsu Quarterly, Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, epheremae, Failed Haiku , Modern Haiku, Presence, Taj Mahal Review, The Asahi Shimbun, The Heron's Nest, Under the Basho, Wales Haiku Journal.
Awards and Other Honors: Grand Prize in 10th Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum English Haiku Contest (2018); Grand Prize in 22nd International Kusamakura Haiku Competition (2017); Second Prize in 7th Polish International Haiku Contest (2017); Third Prize in 6th Polish International Haiku Contest (2016); Third Prize in Betty Drevniok Award (2018) conducted by Haiku Canada; Shortlisted for the Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems (2017).
Credits: "dripping faucet" - Presence Issue #60, 2018; "starving refugee" - Grand Prize, 22nd International Kusamakura Haiku Competition, 2017; "paddy field" - Third Prize, 6th Polish International Haiku Contest, 2016; "Buddha's half-smile" - Under the Bashō 2018; "gibbous moon" - Wales Haiku Journal, Spring 2018; "Earth Day" - Taj Mahal Review Vol.17 No. 1, June 2018.