Anitha Devi Pillai

Anitha Devi Pillai (PhD) is passionate about writing and heritage. She is a teacher educator and an applied linguist at National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), where she teaches courses on writing and writing pedagogy. She has published books, short stories and poetry with a focus on heritage, culture and language. Her recent books include From Kerala to Singapore: Voices from the Singapore Malayalee Community (Marshall Cavendish Editions, 2017), From Estate to Embassy: Memories of an Ambassador (Marshall Cavendish Editions, 2019) and The Story of Onam (National Heritage Board, Singapore, 2020). She has also translated a Tamil historical fiction novel to English titled, Sembawang (Marshall Cavendish Editions, 2020). Her short stories and poems published in 2019/2020 include Monsoon in Kolkata (poem) in ‘Wanderlust: The Best of 2019 Anthology’, That Kiss on your Forehead (poem) in ‘Poetry Moves: An Anthology of Poetry’, Home is a Three Syllable Word’ (poem) in ‘Southeast Asian Review of English Journal’, Mother Tongue (poem) in ‘Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature’, How do you want your dumplings? (short story) in ‘Food Republic: Literary Anthology’, and Voices (short story)in ‘The Best Asian Stories 2019’. She is currently working on an anthology of short stories.