Rhea Iyer

Writer and visual artist currently based in Bombay, India.
Background in illustration, graphic design, creative writing, narrative, publication design and events/festival marketing. MFA in Creative Writing from California Institute of the Arts. In my research and practice, I have cultivated interests in the fields of grief, mythology, inheritance, feminine identity, the nature of language, eco-fiction and other consequences of the human condition.


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Publishing History

  • Birthday Suits. Short story. For The Veranda’s Masalazine: Volume 1, Issue 1. June 2021.
  • First, a Wakening. Excerpt. For the 2021 edition of the Next Words Anthology:Elysium is Empty. May 2021.
  • Artwork in collaboration with Cards for a Cause, a design-led social initiative aimed to fund the fight against COVID-19 in India. August 2021.
  • Artworks featured in Room Magazine, Issue 42.4: Fucked As We Are. Winter 2019.
  • Them, As They Dance. Prose poetry. For the Anthology of New Writing. September 2019.
  • Kaali-Peeli. Short story. For Kommune’s Bookends Anthology, Issue 2: Bombay. May 2019.
  • Six-Inch Nails. Short story. For the Indian Quarterly, Volume 7, Issue 1: Secrets. October 2018.
  • 140762. Short story. For Chaicopy: A Literary Journal, Volume 2, Issue 1: When Pigs Fly. February 2018.
  • Goodnight. Poem. For the Bombay Review, Issue 17: NYPS Special. January 2017.

Reading, Exhibition & Performance

  • Inheritance: A Reading, for ‘Next Words’ by CalArts, in collaboration with Marissa Johnson, Sarah Stockton and Simone Zapata. California. September 2021.
  • Elysium is Empty: MFA Creative Writing Showcase at REDCAT, California. May 2021.
  • In the Spit of Spring, Remote, CalArts MFA2 Cohort. February 2021.
  • In Proximity: A Reading, A Haunting. Halloween Special. CalArts. October 2020.
  • Sister Library Art Bazaar, at Blankspace Company, Mumbai. March 2019.
  • Meandria: Festival of Stories, in collaboration with Firki, Bangalore. October 2017.
  • Paraphrase, in collaboration with Firki. Bangalore. November 2016.
  • Representative for Srishti Institute at the National Youth Poetry Slam by Airplane Poetry Movement. Bangalore. September 2016.
  • Public Art in collaboration with Art in Transit. Bangalore. September 2016.


Client List

  • Andrew Sabu
  • Airplane Poetry Movement
  • Asian American Writer’s Workshop
  • Bahía Colectiva
  • Broth Bitches
  • CalArts School of Theatre
  • Coca-Cola India
  • Edgar Jorge Baralt
  • Joey Archie
  • Kaya Press
  • Kommune Arts India
  • Milkteeth Books
  • Robin Sukhadia
  • Saikishore Annamaraju
  • Seismic Sound Studio
  • Spokenfest
  • Street Konnect
  • Surface Dwellers Collective
  • TIA - Hand Painted Fabrics
  • Tricycle Review
  • Udaan - A KLM Enterprise
  • Water & Rum
  • Zaina Bseiso & Luis Gutiérrez Arias