About the Mafia

Nitin Lalit Murali is the co-administrator and co-founder of The Literati Mafia. He struggles with Bipolar Disorder and OCD and uses writing to cope. His writing is emotional, romantic, dark, satirical, lyrical and he writes both prose and poetry. His hobbies include reading philosophy and fantasy books, playing video games and studying poetry. He also loves music and listens to pretty much every genre.

Emily Cloward is the co-administrator and co-founder of The Literati Mafia. She struggles with Major Depressive Disorder and anxiety. Her writing reflects what she feels, ranging from hopeful to heartbroken. Writing is her catharsis as she attempts to understand humanity, relationships, and most of all, herself. She is a single mother raising teenagers. They are her “why”. Her hobbies include listening to audiobooks on long commutes, watching controversial dramas, playing video games with her kids, hiking and attempting CrossFit. Poetry is and always will be her primary passion.

tara caribou struggles with OCD-related depression, persistent repetition of thoughts, over-thinking, apprehension, and fear. She has a vivid fantasy life within which she finds respite from reality; is a Significant Dreamer; and buries her nose in hard science-fiction novels as well as works of poetry. Both her loves of music and nature are major vehicles for her inspiration and peace. You can find her writing from the heart about unrequited love, depression and longing out on her beloved beach or deep in the woods of rural Alaska.

Richela Rosales Maroto was fourteen years old when her teacher told her she’s good at capturing emotion in her writing and has ridden that wave ever since. She writes prose as a personal study on how to make unlikable people relatable and writes poetry for her own catharsis. When she’s not writing, she spends her time trying to convince her Spanish students that learning English is very important and studying English Studies at the university. Her hobbies include annoying her flatmates by playing music very loudly, spending way too much time researching astrology, playing computer games and, of-course, reading.

Samantha has been writing since she could hold a pen, and telling stories longer than that. She’s been recognized as a writer since elementary school, winning small awards and competitions. Between 2006-2010 she was published in Teen Ink magazine numerous times and small out of state anthologies. she took Creative Writing Workshops at the St. John’s State College before she was bound by mental illness and poverty. Now a movie buff, hoop dancer, and illustrator, she’s decided to answer the urge to write again and is currently working on publishing a poetry book. You can find her on Instagram @theprettypoems.

As a small child, awriterssoul only knew how to express herself through writing, capturing strong emotions and painting them through the stories she told in her head. She graduated with a degree in English Literature and a minor in psychology and pursues freelance writing and self-publishing. She has been published in numerous online journals and blogs, and is currently working to pursue a career in publishing and editing. She enjoys reading others’ works as much as creating her own: “Diving into a writer’s soul is discovering the broken treasure and beautiful mysteries that make you gasp for air.”

whenmarsmetsaturn: A disembodied spirit searching for his soul, while he wanders about within the portals of the Internet. Click on the link to visit his blog and see more of his fevered journey.

AP Christopher has been writing in some capacity or another since he was about ten, when he was first introduced to The Hobbit. In the years since, he’s written poetry, lyrics, short stories, and one novel. He’s a severe introvert, an INTJ, a math nerd, and lover of computer programming.

emje mccarty spends way too much time inside her own head–which, it turns out, is great for her art & writings as well as her inexhaustible self-analysis. She has had a lifelong love of writing & drawing and trying to find the magical place where these two passions can co-exist harmoniously for her. She is currently working on an art journal series of informal verse & self-portraits to help her cope with depression, anxiety, motherhood, feelings of worthlessness, body image, and disastrous relationships. When she isn’t playing with ink, emje gardens, raises goats & poultry, wrestles with four kids, and tries to live a sustainable lifestyle in the middle of nowhere.

Kaddie Tucker grew up in the backwoods of the Ozark Mountains, a shadowy contrary labyrinthine of hills and valleys. A quintessential loner, she roamed those mysterious byways, always drawn to the dark side of things, be it old abandoned houses and deep disquieting woods, or the convoluted workings of the human psyche. She started writing poems and short stories while in elementary school, and to this day when she puts pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), nine times out of ten, her mind veers left onto that well-worn familiar path—it goes home. She has fought depression most of her life, and has found writing to be therapeutic … “I bleed out what poisons me onto the page.”

Anthony Gorman is a writer, visual artist, and human rights activist with extensive recovered trauma. He’s worked in the field of Mental Health and addictions in crisis management. Much of his writing helps with processing and accepting the absorbed horrors and sorrows experienced vicariously through the recounts of resilient and amazing clients. Additionally, he lives with the daily splendors and burdens of life’s challenges, as do we all. With a fervor for micropoetry, his writing strives to back big emotions into small clusters of words. Grumpy is privileged to share with you. You can read more of his writing at Hands in the Garden.

After getting used to the predictability of living, Kat began to question what the meaning of life was. She started to delve into topics such as the consciousness, free will, and the nature of the wonderful thing that is the human brain. She also likes to explore topics within the neuroscience and physics areas, especially those that flirt with the edges of the unknown. Kat has also started to explore the art of poetry, as she finds some philosophical topics too incredible to fit into standard sentences. In her free time, Kat likes to draw, read, and connect with nature.

Matthias works as an educator by day and a poet by night. He is searching for the magic sparks in the interspaces, between the cracks of reality. His poetry often reflects him having sensory processing sensitivity and also his queerness finds its way into his words at times. Via his blog he has already met an amazing audience of international readers and found some meaningful exchange with other artists and readers. His wish is to make the world a little better, verse by verse.

G: I am a published author, and an academic. However, here I am just a humble blogger, a voice among billions of others. Every post that I write is for you. I do not seek accolades. All I seek is to touch your hearts.

By day, Eesha is an average college student with a secret identity and by night, she is a writer who enjoys creative writing and writes best from experience, occasionally dabbling in poetry. She suffers from GAD and mild depression and uses writing as a much needed form of expression. In her spare time, she ventures into fictional worlds and other people’s writings so as to learn from them. Her dream is to use her heightened sense of empathy and sensitivity to help as many people in the world as she can with her words.