Hosted at the New York Tibetan Services Center in Elmhurst, QCA's WordFeast program presents a reading of a short story-in-progress by Tibetan writer Tenzin Woeser. He will be accompanied by translator Nawang Gurung and an artist that will share techniques for producing Tibetan script calligraphy. Traditional Tibetan cuisine will be served and a Q&A will follow the reading.
Friday, June 3rd, 6:30pm
NY Tibetan Service Center
83-02A Broadway, 3rd Floor
Elmhurst, NY 11373
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tenzin Woeser is renowned as an editor of basic Tibetan textbooks which are specially designed for American born Tibetan children in the west. Additionally, he works as an adviser for Tibetan teachers at New York Tibetan Service Center. He is also the General Secretary of Tibetan Writers Abroad PEN, editor of the Tibetan PEN Website and PEN Tibetan Newspaper. His extensive career includes editing and publishing various books such as The Power of Truth Nationalist, and The Torment Record, as well as being a guest lecturer in Tibetan Literature in the College of Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarah, India in 2010. In his spare time, he was a workshop trainer for Tibetan Teachers in Sambhota Tibetan School and gave teaching method workshops to more than 300 Teachers in different schools. He taught Tibetan Language course for eight years in T.C.V. Gopalpur School. Tenzin Woeser holds Bachelor degree on Advanced Tibetan Studies Course from Sarah College and also trained in graduate training (T.G.T.)
ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR
Nawang is Cultural Development Director of New York Tibetan Service Center. He also served as a translator and voiceover artist in National Geographic filmmaker Liesl Clark's 2016 documentary "Himalayan Megaquake" and "Cave People of the Himalayas" (2012). Nawang has also worked as a research assistant on several projects with Sienna Craig, an anthropologist at Dartmouth College who has been working in his home region of Mustang for many years. This work has included ethnographic research in New York and back in Nepal. Nawang is a co-author on several presentations and publications based on this work, including "The Kora of Migration: Everyday Practices of (Well) Being and Belonging between Mustang, Nepal and New York," David N. Gellner and Sondra L. Hausner's, "Global Nepalis: Religion and Culture in a New Diaspora" (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
QCA’s multicultural WordFeast is a series of FREE public readings by 4 Queens-based authors who write in languages other than English. The readings will be held in varying sites throughout the borough selected to provide a specific culinary and literary experience for audiences. Each piece will be presented in several ways: in its original language; in translated form; and in a creative interpretation by a collaborating artist. The venue selection will immerse audiences in an intimate “cultural salon” environment with special food that enhance the literary event. Audiences will experience these literary works through different lenses with a heightened awareness and deeper appreciation designed to increase demand for literature that exists outside of mainstream access.
The curatorial approach to the series highlights writers who represent the cultural diversity of Queens County. Writers selected for the reading series are poetry and creative prose authors that QCA has previously funded through the Queens Art Fund, who have participated in our professional development program, are members of our Literary Artist Leader Circles, and/or were part of our Queens in Love with Literature (QUILL) program and our Immigrant Writers Initiative. To reach as many Queens authors as possible, QCA conducts town hall meetings and participates with the Office of the Queens Borough President in the selection of the Queens Poet Laureate. From these activities, QCA has a list of writers representing the borough demographically in terms of language and ethnicity and with regard to literary form/genre.
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