Rhodora Magazine was named after Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “The Rhodora, On Being Asked, Whence is the Flower”. Emerson wrote this poem about a wildflower he stumbled upon during an excursion in the woods. He wonders why such a breathtaking flower is tucked away in the woods but eventually realizes it is exactly where it belongs. This magazine is eager to mulch the soil for blossoming rhodoras who will enthrall any reader fortunate enough to stumble upon them.
We are a digital literary magazine from India. We publish poetry, short stories, book reviews, movie reviews, essays and translations.
We are currently accepting submissions for Issue 2 (June 2021). Read the submission guidelines and send your work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susanna is a lanky long-haired twenty-something from Chennai with handwriting that resembles a cardiogram. She recently completed her Master’s in Literature from Stella Maris College. She worked as an editor for a publishing company and was a regular contributor to the college magazine. She founded Rhodora on a quiet starry night for all the rhodoras in a world full of roses. Cats, Joan of Arc and Mark Twain are some of the things that get her excited.
Keerthana is a social-media-shy creature who giggles in short bursts. Articulate and laser-focused, she assesses submissions and situations with sensitivity. She doesn’t believe her WhatsApp texts could go straight to publication. She is fluent in Telugu, English and Tamil and can translate and interpret with ease. She obtained her Master’s in Literature from Stella Maris College in 2019. A Carnatic singer with an airy voice, she will calm your nerves on a bad day or make a good day sound better.
Mariam “Akku” is a soon-to-be Visual Arts graduate from Kottayam. She was the set designer of the play On Both Sides and has contributed doodles to The Ecology Project. She loves a colorful life filled with art, music, TV shows, flowers and dogs. Even her rough sketches look marketable. The fall of each leaf, the flourish of each stem and the inflection of each stamen in her renditions of the rhodora were mesmerizing. A platter of plump chicken dumplings and the color aqua make her happy.