About the author

Janavi Held starting writing poetry and wandering around with her father’s camera as a child. At the age of nineteen, she began practicing Bhakti yoga. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Goddard College where she studied poetry, photography, and media studies. She is the author of, Letters to My Oldest Friend, a book of poetry and photography. She has contributed poems to two poetry anthologies, Bhakti Blossoms: A Collection of Contemporary Vaishnavi Poetry and  GODDESS: When She Rules: Expressions by Contemporary Women. In 2017 two of her poems were also shortlisted for the prestigious Hammond House International Poetry Prize and where included in their 2017 anthology called Eternity.  She hails from New York, where she was born into a family of writers and publishers.

Photograph by Gil Sanchez
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