i write
/ fiction (I’m working on the 2nd draft of a novel and on a short story collection)

/ poetry (?) (spoken word, instapoetry)

/ i believe in the fluidity of all things
/ i think about place, space & time
about childhood, sexuality & the sea
my future, my ancestry
/ i have always loved and will always love my family
/ i’ve gone and come – to some obscure parts of the world
have found home in some of them

/ i was born in Villupuram, an incomplete town in Tamil Nadu, south-India
and live now in Berlin, Germany
plotting, writing and living a little
a தமிழ் queer woman

/ i tremble in bed at night with desire for the unknown. i have nothing else





A brief list of short/longlists:

…..my short story Selfportrait, 2017, Sagaya Rani, oil-on-linen, 196.2 x 157.5 cm was longlisted for the 2021 Desperate Literature Prize for Short Fiction. It’s not out anywhere yet, but how encouraging is that?


…..my short story Poochi was finalisted for the Indiana Review Fiction Prize 2021. It’s not out anywhere yet, but the announcement is here


…..my poem a gaslighter sighs on the other end won runner-up in the Radical Art Review Creative Writing Competition in April 2021. read it here

a gaslighter sighs on the other end by Avrina Prabala-Joslin shows a charged stream of consciousness tailored with a creative use of language to tell a story of deception and quiet rage” Matthew Magill, RAR Poetry Editor

…..my short story The Plumage was shortlisted for the Berlin Writing Prize 2019. read an excerpt here