Shayok Misha Chowdhury is a queer Bengali poet, playwright, theater director, and vocalist. Born on the coast of southern India, he developed a taste for sour rice cakes and the seaside before moving to old-colony Massachusetts, where, in a high school theater rehearsal, he received his mantra, “story comes first”, from an unlikely medicine man with a galaxy of Harley tattoos. He has been living his responsibility to story ever since. A Fulbright and Kundiman Fellow, Misha’s poems have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review,The Portland Review,Lantern Review, Asian American Literary Review, and elsewhere. Co-founder of The Lonely Painter Project, he creates original, interdisciplinary works for the stage.