APRIL 2016

DC: Split This Rock

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Split This Rock Festival, Washington DC

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The Names We Carry: Poetry Inspired by Radical India
4-5:30 pm Thursday, April 14

Vidhu Aggarwal, Minal Hajratwala, Tanuja Jagernauth, Ellen Kombiyil, Shikha Malaviya, and Leeya Mehta read poems reflecting the many names, labels, and categories we use/discard/attach to ourselves and others, throughout our lives. We will share poems exploring issues of exile, imperialism, identity, caste/color discrimination, sexuality, and more. We will encourage audience participation during the reading as well, asking them to fill in words and missing phrases, to help them create and think about the different kinds of dialogues we constantly must create and reinvent in order to highlight different causes.

Revolt: Writing Poetry Inspired by Radical India
4-5:30 pm Friday, April 15

Minal Hajratwala, Ellen Kombiyil, and Shikha Malaviya lead a powerful and engaging workshop, drawing poetic inspiration from activist art from various waves of political movements in India and the diaspora. Using prompts drawn from a variety of poets who have been engaged in activist movements, participants will write deeply into issues of exile, imperialism, identity, caste/color discrimination, sexuality, and more. We’ll explore how verse turns the deeply personal detail into the universal, bringing to light little-known voices from India’s radical political traditions and injecting new energy into American poets wishing to engage with global revolutions. We’ll share all the materials so that participants can take them back and share with their own communities and/or students, diversifying their reading lists to include vibrant contemporary global voices of protest.


MARCH 2016


Free Write-A-Thon
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 30

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Decolonize your writing:

A full day of FREE writing workshops with writers of color, organized by The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective and Kaya Press, on the USC campus.

Join us:


March 31-April 2, AWP Bookfair, LA Convention Center

Come meet our collective authors at Table #101, get special deals on our books and learn about our manuscript contest.  Fabulous prizes for lucky winners!

Thursday, March 31

12:00-12:30pm: Desi Writers Meetup
Meet and mingle and find folks to hang out with throughout the convention.

Friday, April 1

2:30-3:00pm: Vidhu Aggarwal & Minal Hajratwala

3:00-3:30pm: POETRY ORACLE (Free Prizes)

3:30-4:00pm: Ellen Kombiyil & Shikha Malaviya

Saturday, April 2

10-11 am, Booth #1101: Shikha Malaviya & Manisha Sharma, Writer to Writer Mentorship Ambassadors


Workshop for Artists, Mission, San Francisco

A fantastic collaborative workshop with amazing SF musician/composer David Molina, East Bay Poet Shikha Malaviya & acclaimed Slovakia sound artists and pianists Siller and Kiraly. In the workshop, participants will re-interpret various parts of visual art works by Slovak conceptual artists Monogramista. Click here for details & registration

November 5, 8, 11, 13Regular Line 2015, San Francisco  INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS COLLABORATION PROJECT with SF musician/composer David Molina, East Bay Poet Shikha Malaviya & acclaimed Slovakia sound artists and pianists Siller and Kiraly & other local bay area artists. See dates & locations below & click here for more details.

Live PerformancesThursday 5th November 
7:30pm – 10:00pm
1 Grove Street
San Francisco, California 8th November
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Institute of Possibility
3359 Cezar Chavez
San Francisco, California 11th November
7:30pm – 8:30pm followed by Q&A
Red Poppy Art House
2698 Folsom St
San Francisco, California 13th November
Community Music Center
7:30pm – 8:30pm
544 Capp St
San Francisco, California

October 29 – Poetry Reading, Voices from the Margins Reading Series,  7-9 PM, Octopus Literary Salon, Oakland, CA

JULY 2015
July 1 – Poetry reading hosted by Alameda Island Poets, 7-9 PM, Frank Bette Center for Arts, Alameda, CA 

JUNE 2015
June 8 – In conversation with Prajwal Parajuly, author of Land Where I Flee, 7:30 PM, Kepler’s Books, Menlo Park, CA