I have a yellowing 4x3 postcard preserved in a photo album. It's a thank
you note from the US Congress for an essay that I wrote when I was in 7th
grade. I didn't save the essay but it's comforting to think that I wrote
about the 'meaning of freedom' with such resonance that my teacher felt
compelled to share it.
I write because it's a way to find comfort in my foibles and my triumphs, to take snapshots of my thoughts and emotions, to explore the beauty and the ugliness of the world, to leave a legacy… and, most of all, to connect by finding resonance with my readers.
Leena Prasad is the author of "not exactly haiku", a collection of short thought poems (senryū) with sketches, and of "iT felt Like A kiss", a book that explores the art personality of the Mission district of San Francisco. .
She has published non-fiction in The Press Democrat newspaper, India Currents magazine, public radio KQED's Spark website, Mission Arts Monthly magazine, and various other print and online periodicals and websites. She has also written, directed, and produced a few short films and a documentary.
Leena has a Journalism M.A. from Stanford University and published the South Asian literary magazine, Accent, prior to attending Stanford. At Stanford, she was a staff writer for the Stanford Daily.
When Leena is not writing, she works with computer software for fun and funds.