Jose Varghese - Bionote

jose varghese

      Jose Varghese is a writer/editor/translator from India who teaches English at Jazan University, KSA. He worked previously at SH College, Thevara, and is the founder and Chief Editor of Lakeview International Journal of Literature and Arts published from there. He is also the founder of Strands Publishers and judges the biannual Strands International Short Fiction Competition. He is also a contributing editor and writer for Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel and is in the advisory board of Mascara Literary Review. He writes reviews and features for Thresholds: Home of the International Short Story Forum, Chichester University, UK. 

His poems and short stories have appeared in the journals/anthologies The Salt Anthology of New Writing 2013 (UK), Unthology (UK), 10RED (UK), The River Muse (USA), Hourglass (Bosnia and Hercegovina), Chandrabhaga (India), Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis (UK), Kavya Bharati (India), Postcolonial Text (Canada), Muse India (India), Re-Markings (India), Dusun (Malaysia), The Four Quarters Magazine (India) and Street-Voice (Germany). He was the winner of The River Muse 2013 Spring Poetry Contest, USA, a runner up in the Salt Flash Fiction Prize 2013, UK and a second prize winner in the Wordweavers Flash Fiction Prize 2012. A short story by him was shortlisted and featured as Editor’s Pick in the Hourglass International Literary Competition 2016, and his poems were commended in Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize 2014 and shortlisted in an Eyewear Fortnight Poetry Prize in 2017. His first book, "Silver Painted Gandhi and Other Poems" was listed in Grace Cavalieri's Best Reading for Fall 2009, Montserrat Review. He is currently working on a collection of short fiction and his first novel.novel.