Kesang Choden T. is the Executive Director of Buddhist Art and Cultural Conservation Centre (BACCC), Zhung Dratshang, Bhutan. She is a writer, researcher and editor, Cultural consultant and development.
Chablop PaSsu is a blogger, social worker, and former teacher. He published his blog into a book in 2018. He founded Bhutan Toilet Org and started a much-needed action for change. He co-founded Writer Association of Bhutan (WAB) and Community of Bhutan Bloggers (CBB).
He is working on a new project called BOOKNESE, that’s going to exhibit an entire collection of Bhutanese books online and create a platform for discussion and distribution of Bhutanese literature.
Chador Wangmo, a teacher turned writer, has authored fifteen books which include two novels, one anthology of poetry, two chapter books and ten illustrated books for children. Her poems have been translated into Hindi, Nepali, Bangla, Assamese, Khmer and Sinhala Languages.
She has featured in
various literary festivals like Mountain Echoes, Dhaka
Lit. Fest, Brahmapaputra Lit. Fest, Arunachal Literary
festival, Darjeeling literary festival, SAARC literary festivals held in Delhi
and Sufi festivals held in Jaipur.
She has also
facilitated Writer’s workshop for teachers and students
in Zhemgang in collaboration with Save the Children
office, Thimphu and facilitated the Writer’s workshop for the
teachers of Highland organized by Bhutan Foundation. In her pursuit to do her
bit in encouraging reading and writing in Bhutan, she volunteers to give talks
and do readalouds in schools and colleges and in Reading & Writing
workshops organized by various groups.
Sonam Wangmo Dukpa-Jhalani is a development worker and a writer. She currently is on the Strategy Committee, and is the co-founder of Greener Pastures, an initiative that raises awareness on environmental issues, at The British School in New Delhi. She is also a Director for Drukyul’s Literature Festival: Bhutan Echoes, and an advisor to GOKAB, a community centre for learning in Bhutan. She has worked on development projects based in Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Myanmar. She has a MA in economic development, and a MFA in Creative Writing and Literature. She is the recipient of the Leslie Epstein Global Fellowship award at Boston University. Her non-fiction articles have appeared in Kuensel, Yeewong magazine and The Raven. She has taught fiction writing workshops at Boston University, The British School, Royal Thimphu College and at Mountain Echoes. She is presently working on finishing a book of fictional stories set in South Asia.
Kelly Dorji (born Kalden Sonam Dorji) is an actor and artist from Bhutan. He is also the author and illustrator of ‘The Hidden Rainbow’, which is an adult coloring book published by Penguin in 2019.
Dolma Choden Roder
Dolma Choden Roder is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Royal Thimphu College where she teaches undergraduate students. She earned her PhD in socio-cultural anthropology from Arizona State University. She is also involved in Riyang Books, a family run publishing house based in Thimphu. In this role she has edited a collection of Bhutanese poetry and a book documenting her ancestral home in Ogyen Choling, Bumthang.
Tshering Tashi is a writer based in Thimphu and Paro.