Prema Bangera

Prema Bangera, who is ethnically South Indian (from Tulu Nadu) of lower caste, born in Mumbai, and partially raised on the unceded land of the Wampanoag and Massachusett people (so-called Boston), is a multidisciplinary artist, an editor, an educator, and a community organizer. She is the Mixed Genre Editor for Midway Journal. Her writing and artwork has appeared in various publications and showcased at the Boston City Hall and painted on the streets of the unceded Naumkeag lands (so-called Salem, MA) as part of the Raining Project at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. She had founded & was the executive director of a grassroots nonprofit organization called Teen Voices Emerging, geared towards empowering girls, non-binary youth, and female-identifying youth through using their voice & words. Bangera also established a healing Arts program called Narratives of Transformative Love which was facilitated for youth and adults in various venues, students in Boston Public Schools, educators at the Summer Teachers Institute in Boston University, and at organizations and schools in Kenya and India. She was selected by the Boston Women's Fund in partnership with the Boston Foundation for their 2022 Women of Color Leadership Circle. She is also part of the Red Sage Stories playback theatre troupe, a BIPoC theatre group using arts as a catalyst for social change. Bangera has been a teaching artist & writer at the Institute of Contemporary Art, the United South End Settlements, and Company One Theatre. Follow her work-in-progress Instagram via @premapaintspoetry