I have a yellowing 4x3 postcard preserved in a photo album. It's a thank
you note from the US Congress for an essay that I wrote when I was in 7th
grade. I didn't save the essay but it's comforting to think that I wrote
about the 'meaning of freedom' with such resonance that my teacher felt
compelled to share it.
I write because it's a way to find comfort in my foibles and my triumphs,
to take snapshots of my thoughts and emotions, to explore the
beauty and the ugliness of the world, to leave a legacy… and, most of all, to connect by finding
resonance with my readers.
Leena Prasad is the author of "not exactly haiku", a collection of short thought poems, and of "iT felt Like A kiss", a book that explores the art personality of the Mission district of San Francisco. She is a freelance writer for The Press Democrat newspaper and India Currents magazine and has written for public radio KQED, Mission Arts Monthly magazine, and various other print and online periodicals and websites. She has also written, directed, and produced a few short films.
Leena has a Journalism M.A. from Stanford University and published the South Asian literary magazine, Accent, prior to attending Stanford. At Stanford, she was a staff writer for the Stanford Daily.
When Leena is not writing, she works with computer software for fun and funds.