A first-of-its-kind poetry residency in India

The Poetry Retreat is a unique residency that has been designed only for poets. Located in the lush Saraya Eco Stay in a quiet corner of North Goa, the residency consists of 4 facilitators. The residency is open to 8 poets from around India and 5 additional spots are reserved for Goa-based poets. 

Goa-based poets can avail of the residency on a non-residential basis at a reduced fee. Poets in varying stages of their poetry journey will be instructed on how to write, publish and perform poetry. Poets will have access to one-on-one mentoring as well as group lectures and discussions. There will also be an opportunity to explore Goan writing and to unwind and enjoy the scenic beauty of Goa.

The residency will take place at the beautiful Saraya Eco-Stay in Sangolda. All details of the residency are up on the website –

The mentors for the residency are Manohar Shetty, Rea Burman, Mustansir Dalvi and Rochelle D’silva. 

About the mentors

Manohar Shetty is a Goa-based poet, who has eight books of poems to his credit and is considered one of the prominent Indian poets writing in the English language. He has worked in various magazines and newspapers in Mumbai, Bangalore and Goa and was the editor of ‘Goa Today’ for eight years. He has been a Sahitya Academy Fellow (Indian Academy of Letters) and Homi Bhabha Fellow and has lived in Goa since1985.

Rochelle D’silva is a spoken word artist from Goa. She has been performing since 2011. She has a book of poetry (When Home Is An Idea), has been published in numerous anthologies and has performed on stages across Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal and India. Follow her work online at –

Rea Burman is a writer, a performing artist and a fashion designer. She has studied Method Acting at the Jeff Goldberg Studio in Mumbai and Physical Theatre at the Dunde School of Physical Theatre in Greece. Her workshops focus on the positive feedback model and are aimed at increasing self-awareness.

Mustansir Dalvi Mustansir Dalvi is an anglophone poet, translator and editor. He has two books of poems in English, brouhahas of cocks (Poetrywala, 2013) and Cosmopolitician (Poetrywala, 2018). Mustansir Dalvi’s 2012 English translation of Muhammad Iqbal’s influential Shikwa and Jawaab-e-Shikwa from the Urdu as Taking Issue and Allah’s Answer (Penguin Classics) has been described as ‘insolent and heretical’ and makes Iqbal’s verse accessible to the modern reader. This book was awarded Runner Up for Best Translation at the Muse India National Literary Award in 2012. His translations of the Sufi mystic poet Rahim are published in the anthology Eating God: a Book of Bhakti Poetry (Arundhati Subramanium, editor). Mustansir Dalvi has translated the poems of Hemant Divate from the Marathi in struggles with imagined gods published by Poetrywala in 2014/2019. He is the editor of Man without a Navel a collection of new and selected translations of Hemant Divate’s poems from the Marathi (2018, Poetrywala). Mustansir Dalvi was born in Bombay. He teaches architecture in Mumbai.

Venue: Saraya, Sangolda
Date: July 31, 2019 to August 4, 2019
Time: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
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