Lab presents "A Letter Home: Nepali and Tibetan Women Tell their Stories"
Adhikaar, together with writers Meera Nair and Muna Gurung, and the creative writing experts at Kundiman will present “A Letter Home,” a dynamic evening of spoken word and storytelling from Nepali and Tibetan women. They will present autobiographical letters written in response to Nepal’s 2015 earthquake that creatively express their experiences as women, immigrants, domestic workers, daughters, mothers, and more.
This communal presentation of art is designed not only to record Asian American history but also generate a dialogue to spark change.The readers are all active members at Adhikaar, which serves and organizes the Nepali speaking immigrant and refugee population in New York. A program funded in part by Asian Women's Giving Circle and Poets and Writers Inc.
Saturday, May 21st, 7pm - 9pm
Queens Council on the Arts
37-11 35th Ave, Entrance on 37th St
Astoria, NY 11101
ABOUT THE FACILITATORS
Meera Nair is the author of Video (Pantheon) and a children's book Maya Saves the Day (Duckbill: India). Video won the 7th Annual Asian-American Literary Award and was a chosen as a Notable Book by the Kiriyama Pacific-Rim Prize. It was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year and the Editor's Choice at the San Francisco Chronicle. Her work has been featured on National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts, the Washington Post and in the New York Times magazine, the Hindu, Threepenny Review, Calyx, India Abroad, Departures magazine and in the anthologies Charlie Chan is Dead-2, Money Changes Everything and Delhi Noir. Nair has won the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship twice, as well as fellowships from the New York Times and from the MacDowell Artists’ Colony and Queens Council for the Arts. She was the Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University from 2011-2014, and led the University's Writing London Study Abroad summer program in the UK. She currently teaches writing at New York University and Brooklyn College. www.meeranair.net.
Muna Gurung is a writer and educator who splits her time between Kathmandu and NYC. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in The Margins, HimalSouthasian, La.Lit, VelaMag, No Tokens and PIX. Her translated works can be found in Words Without Borders. A 2015 Margins Fellow and founder of KathaSatha, Munacurrently directs a high school writing center in NYC.
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