Shweta Rao Garg

To the One Riding the Rooster

Sometimes I’m a goddess, sometimes, a slut

Dear Goddess

Shweta Rao Garg is an artist, poet, and academic from India living in Baltimore, US. Her poetry collection, Of Goddesses and Women, was published by Sahitya Akademi in 2021. She is one of the co-editors of Quicksand Borders: South Asia in Verse (forthcoming Macmillan, New Delhi) and one of the four contributors in Shakespearewalis: Verses on the Bard (forthcoming Flowersong Press, McAllen, Texas).
Her poems have been published in Indian Literature, Coldnoon, Everyday Poems, Postcolonial Text, Transnational Literature, Muse India, Visual Verse, Yugen Quest Review, etc. Like her art, her poems are about her lived experiences as a woman; mythology, popular culture, love, and motherhood are recurring themes. She seeks to create a conversation between her visual art and writing through visual poetry.

Her artwork can be found at