Why I Write

I write because I breathe new worlds into existence through my words, which emerge from the bowels of my body/spirit.

I write in order to integrate the many contradictions that besiege my soul; through my words, those contradictions can be friends and allies rather than sunder me into millions of irreparable fragments. My words allow my past, present, and future to coincide and inhabit the same places and spaces.

I write because it allows me to live into and know those selves that are not apparent, that are dormant or submerged in other realms and dimensions altogether.

I write because writing lets me hear the music and see the art and imbibe the nutrition and touch the ecstasy of my incarnation.

I write because my words heal.

I’m Nirmala Nataraj, a New York–based writer, editor, book midwife, theater artist, and mythmaker.

As someone who has woven in and out of a number of different word realms—nonprofit communications, advertising, theatre, publishing, and community arts, to name a few—I know that liberation is possible through the stories we choose to tell. As a first-generation South Asian American, I myself exist in the liminal spaces between cultures, art forms, and languages—and it is this multiplicity of narratives that informs my personal and professional approach.

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