Author of three books of poetry, Vinita is a Mumbai based, award winning poet and writer. Recipient of the Gayatri GaMarsh Memorial Award for Literary Excellence her poems have appeared in Asiancha, Constellations, The Fox Chase Review, Pea River Journal, Open Road Review, Stockholm Literary Review, Poetry Pacific, Mithila Review and over a 100 other national and international journals. She was nominated for the Best of the Net Awards in 2011. She was awarded first prize in the Wordweavers Contest 2014, commendation prize in the All India Poetry Competition 2014 and won the 2014 Hour of Writes Contest thrice. Her poems have found a place in significant national anthologies like Suvarnarekha and Dance with the Peacocks in several international anthologies compiled in Australia and Israel. She was co-judge for the Asian Cha Poetry Contest, 2015. She has read at SAARC events, at the U.S. Consulate, at Delhi Poetree and at Cappucino Readings, Mumbai.
"Her poetry abounds with such graphic word images that breathe life into her verse and make it a shared experience of understanding that comes from choiceless observation. Words in this case come in gently like snow flakes to give name and form to what we have seen in the essence because we have learnt to see things choicelessly. In the essence of that understanding comes ecstasy."
Maj.Gen G.D. Bakshi, Combat Veteran, Editor in Chief Indian Military Review, Author of over 27 books.
"Over the years Vinita has had many individual poems published in journals and so on, but this is her first volume of collected poems. She decided to include some older poems so as not to, “miss any step in her poetic journey,” we the readers are fortunate she made this decision, as nor will we miss out on these exquisite gems.It has been an enlightening and humbling experience reading Vinita's, Words Not Spoken and I cannot recommend this book highly enough both for lovers of fine poetry, librarians, and educators teaching poetry at any level."
Rob Harley, Writer, Artist, Academic Reviewer, Australia, robharle.com
"This is a wonderfully varied, lavish storehouse of memories, insights and acute observation that speak of a life lived to the full, with an open and ambitious heart. Here, amidst an impressive array of different stylistic approaches, there is a real feeling and understanding of the natural world, the patterns and rhythms of life – of childhood, of time passing, of love found and lost, of history itself and one soul’s journey within – and all observed with a knowing and sensitive eye that is at times startlingly original in its ability to capture the moment, the very essence of human experience. Indeed, a real treat awaits you all, dear readers…"
Scott Hastie, Poet and Writer, London www.scotthastie.com
"At a time when average fare also passes as good poetry in today's internet-driven world, Vinita Agrawal's poetry stands out as a refreshing experience. Her carefully chosen words sparkle like fresh dew on grass - tender, pristine and when strung together, they reflect the world in unique ways. But most importantly, the poems have the ability to touch your heart and reach out directly to the inner you."
Anupama Krishnakumar, Editor, Spark Magazine.
"Vinita Agrawal’s poems dramatise the moments of everydayness in the miniscule human universe inhabited by the poet and all of us. The poet through her consummate style, mastery of language and freshness of poetic approach turns each poem into a form that we read to enjoy the moments of discovery and poetic art. Each of her poem is an invention."
Abhi Subedi, Kathmandu, Nepal
Poet, literary critic, playwright and professor of English, PhD. Author of over two dozen books.
"Frankly, your talent is in fine blossom. The title poem, the first poem, and many others I took for a second and third read- which is a sure indication that they appeal to me dearly and so directly."
Gopikrishnan Kottoor, Writer, Editor, http://poetrychain.webs.com
"'Words not Spoken' makes delightful reading."
Santosh Alex Ph.D, Billingual Poet and Multilingual Translator and published poet.