The call is up for the next The Sprawwl reading--if you're connected to the MFA for Writers at Warren Wilson college and might be in LA in June, do submit! Deadline extended to 3/15. And if you want to come listen, the reading will be open to all, 6/14/20 at Boston Court Theater, Pasadena.
Due to public health concerns related to coronavirus, we had to cancel our panel at the AWP Conference in San Antonio, "What's Poetry Got to Do With it? Creative Writing in the Wider World." However, we plan to try for a re-do at AWP2021 in Kansas City! Look out for Samantha Fain, Helena Mesa and me next year.
Our second The Sprawwl reading took place at Beyond Baroque Literary | Arts Center in Venice on December 7th, 2019 at 8 PM. Thanks to the wonderful readers: Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Rick Bursky, Peg Alford Purcell, Marc Morgenstern, and Andres Reconco!
On June 3rd, 2019 we held the very first reading of The Sprawwl literary series at Boston Court Theater. We got to hear terriffic work from Lili Flanders, Tommy Kim, Amanda Peppe and Blake Reemtsma.
April 17th, 2019: part of a panel on the Humanities and the Environment, 12-1 at the Hive, Pomona College.
April 6th, 2019 from 10-3: reading poetry in the open air with Fourth Sundays: Poetry in the Garden at Santa Ana Botanical Garden, Claremont.
March 28-31: Attending AWP Portland (first time at AWP!). I'll be in the lineup of an awesome offsite reading on March 30th from 7-9 PM at Cider Riot.
March 24th, 2019: Excited to be a featured reader in the reading series "Fourth Sundays: Poetry at the Claremont Library" along with Andrea Carter Brown.
January 2-12, 2019: traveled to Vietnam to learn about religion and traditional medicine as part of an EnviroLab Asia Faculty Research Lab.
November 16th, 2018: presented (in absentia due to illness) as part of the SORAAAD Workshop on Race and the Analytic Study of Religion at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
April 21st, 2018: one of ten featured readers at RHINO Reads! West, Hygge Bakery, Los Angeles, CA.
March 24th, 2018: “Experiments with Autobiography: Gandhi, Yogananda, and the 14th Dalai Lama.” Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.
February 4th, 2018: featured reader, Shadab Hashmi’s poetry mushaira, Carlsbad, CA.
November 21st, 2017: “ ‘An eminent Mohammedan moulvie’: Autobiography and Conversion in Colonial Punjab” (Religion in South Asia Group). Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Boston, MA.
November 19th, 2016: “Against Authenticity: What Fake Autobiography Can Tell Us About Real Religion in South Asia” (New Directions in the Study of Religion in South Asia Panel). Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, San Antonio, TX.
November 29th, 2014: Feats of Poetic Strength: Five Women Poets, with Hila Ratzabi, Shevaun Brannigan, dawn lonsinger, and Kimberly Ann Southwick, Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, Philadelphia, PA.
October 19th, 2014: “Improvisation, Authority and Polemic: Religious Autobiography in Pre-Colonial South Asia.” Conference on South Asia, Madison, WI.
October 10th, 2014, Red Sofa Reading Series, One Year Anniversary reading, with Patrick Rosal and Yolanda Wisher, Indy Hall, Philadelphia, PA,
April 28th, 2014, Friends of Writers Gala (Benefit for the Holden Fund), with R. Dwayne Betts and others, New York, NY.
February 6th, 2014: “‘Let me make my story known to all’: Religious Autobiography in South Asia.” Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network Biennial Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
February 22, 2012, BU Creative Writing Program Annual Faculty Reading, with Robert Pinsky, Dan Chiasson, Rosanna Warren and others, Boston University, Boston, MA.
April 28th, 2011, Voices in Contemporary Poetry Reading, with Dilruba Ahmed, Iain Haley Pollock and Megan Gillespie. Swarthmore Public Library, Swarthmore, PA.
July 10th, 2009, Warren Wilson MFA Graduate Reading, with Tua Chaudhuri, Matthew Olzmann and others, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC.
May 28th, 2006, M.F.A. Poets and Painters in Collaboration, Boston University, Boston, MA.
February 9th, 2006, B.U. Basement Series, Boston University, Boston, MA.
January 7th, 2001: "Mira's puja: Images of Temple Worship in the Poetry of Mirabai," International Conference on Mirabai, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.