Twenty-six-year-old Aditi Rao has been declared the winner of the Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize for 2011.

A writer, educator, and activist, Aditi has spent the last eight years travelling between India, Argentina, Mexico, and the United States; all the places, cultures, and languages she has encountered on this journey have had a profound influence on her writing and her life.

Aditi currently lives in New Delhi, where she works as a consultant for non-profit organisations in the field of peace education, facilitates creative writing workshops at educational institutions, and carves out time for her twin passions of poetry and pottery.

She holds a MFA degree in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College (New York).

The Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize was instituted by the Hyderabad-based Srinivas Rayaprol Literary Trust to recognise excellence in poetry written in English and is jointly administered by the Department of English, University of Hyderabad.