NYWW @ Red Room—First Thursdays Reading Series
Arundhathi Subramaniam is one of India's leading poets. Widely translated and anthologised, her most recent volume of poetry, When God is a Traveller (published by Bloodaxe Books) was the Season Choice of the Poetry Book Society in the UK, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Described by The Hindu (2011) as "one of the finest poets writing in India today", she is the recipient of various awards and fellowships, including the inaugural Khushwant Singh Prize, the Raza Award for Poetry, the Zee Indian Women’s Award for Literature, the International Piero Bigongiari Prize in Italy, the Homi Bhabha Fellowship, the Charles Wallace Fellowship, among others. She has written extensively on culture and spirituality for leading Indian newspapers, and has worked over the years as critic, poetry editor and curator. As prose writer, her books include The Book of Buddha and the bestselling biography of a contemporary mystic, Sadhguru: More Than a Life,among others. As editor, her most recent book is the acclaimed Penguin anthology of Indian sacred poetry, Eating God. She divides her time between Bombay, Madras and a yoga centre in south India.
Usha Akella has authored three books of poetry, one chapbook, and scripted/ produced one musical drama. She is pursuing a Masters in Creative Writing at Cambridge University, UK. She read with a group of eminent South Asian Diaspora poets at the House of Lords in June 2016. Her work has been included in the Harper Collins Anthology of Indian English Poets. Her recent book ‘The Rosary of Latitudes’ carries a foreword by Keki Daruwalla. She was selected as a Cultural Ambassador for the City of Austin for 2015. She has been published in numerous Literary journals, and has been invited to prestigious international poetry festivals in Slovakia, Nicaragua, Macedonia, Colombia, Slovenia, India etc. She is the founder of ‘Matwaala’ the first South Asian Diaspora Poets Festival in the US. (Edition 1: 2015, Austin, Director; Edition 2: 2017, Long Island/NYC, Director: Pramila Venkateswaran). She has won literary prizes (Nazim Hikmet award, Open Road Review Prize and Egan Memorial Prize), and enjoys interviewing artists, scholars and poets for reputed magazines. She has written a few quixotic nonfiction prose pieces published in The Statesman and India Currents. She is the founder of the Poetry Caravan in New York and Austin which takes poetry readings to the disadvantaged in women’s shelters, senior homes, hospitals. Several hundreds of readings have reached these venues via this medium. The City of Austin proclaimed January 7th as Poetry Caravan Day.
Gerard Farrell is the author of The Last Thunk, a satire of the magazine business recently released by Greenpoint Press. He has worked in the magazine industry since the late 90s for brands including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Allure, and the ill-fated business monthly Condé Nast Portfolio. His short humor has appeared in the literary anthology The Man Who Ate His Book, and he is a longtime contributor to the literary webzine Ducts. He is currently working on his second novel, Tailspin, the story of a disgraced eyewear salesman seeking revenge on the temp who got him fired.
Melissa Knox's essays have appeared in Brain, Child, The Wax Paper, The Doctor TJ Eckleburg Review, The Clarion Project, The Santa Ana River Review, and elsewhere. Short fiction has appeared in Flash Fiction Magazine and Gnu Journal. Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Offbeat, The Mom Egg Review, NonBinary Review, and elsewhere. Her books on Oscar Wilde were published by Yale UP and Camden House. She writes a blog, The Critical Mom, and teaches American literature at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. Her new book, Divorcing Mom: A Memoir of Psychoanalysis, will be published on January 22, 2019.