Born in northwestern India, Lalita Noronha moved to the United States at 23 years of age, initially on a Fulbright travel grant. She earned a PhD in microbiology and has worked in the biopharmaceutical industry and as a science teacher. Meanwhile, she began writing in a variety of genres; indeed, she is the only person to have received Maryland Writers Association Awards in fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. The author of two books of poetry, Mustard Seed: A Collage of Science, Art and Love Poems and Her Skin Phyllo-thin as well as the short story collection Where Monsoons Cry, Noronha has been published in over 80 journals. Her home is in Baltimore, where she raised her children. She travels frequently to visit her siblings scattered all over the globe.
Poetry & Planet is produced by Ethan Goffman. Gerard Manley Hopkins “The Caged Skylark” and William Wordsworth’s “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” are read by R. Michael Oliver. Musical excerpts from “Elements of Life” and “Earth Revisited” are written and performed by Reginald Cyntje, with vocals by Christie Dashiell. Aural interludes are by Douglas Harvey.
The opening poetry chorus is voiced by Jomo K. Johnson, Dr. Michael Anthony Ingram, Marianne Szlyk, and R. Michael Oliver.