In honor of National Poetry Month and in an effort to urgently raise funds for those that are especially vulnerable to domestic violence under the COVID-19 lockdowns, the Foxicity Collective presents Kitty Party on the Cloud, a virtual poetry salon featuring ten powerful voices from the South Asian and diasporic poetry communities. The lineup of readers includes Bhanu Kapil, Tarfia Faizullah, Kaveh Akbar, Rajiv Mohabir and more. |
This event is in partnership with the NY based not-for-profit SAKHI. All proceeds from ticket sales and donations will be directed to SAKHIs Isolated But Not Alone campaign, wherein the organization hopes to raise $500 thousand to support South Asian survivors during the COVID-19 crisis. You can learn more about the cause at https://www.sakhi.org/.
Many of us grew up watching our mothers, aunts, and relatives find a safe and sacred space in the Kitty Party where they could dance and laugh and find solidarity. We'd like to re-create our expanding visions of solidarity with the power of poetry and support our South Asian sisters and community.
Kitty Party on the Cloud will be run via Zoom on Saturday, April 25 at 5pm EST. The link will be emailed to you in your ticket confirmation.
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A lusty but trusty trinity comprising poets Inam Kang, Kiran Bath and Tara Jayakar.
ABOUT THE READERS:
ASHWINI BHASI is a bioinformatician from Kerala, India, interested in exploring the molecular genetics of shame, trauma and chronic pain through poetry and visual art. Her work can be found in RHINO, Room Magazine, Rogue Agent, Intima, The Feminist Wire and elsewhere. She is the winner of the 2018 William J. Shaw Memorial Poetry Prize from Dunes Review and was a finalist for the 2018 Rita Dove Poetry Award from the Center for Women Writers.
BHANU KAPIL is the author of Ban en Banlieue (Nightboat Books, 2015), Schizophrene (Nightboat Books, 2011), humanimal [a project for future children] (Kelsey Street Press, 2009), Incubation: a Space for Monsters (Leon Works, 2006), and The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press, 2001). The recipient of a 2020 Windham Campbell Prize, Kapil teaches in the Department of Writing and Poetics at Naropa University and in the low-residency MFA program at Goddard College.
INAM KANG is a Pakistani-born poet, student, and curator. His work can be found or is forthcoming in Winter Tangerine, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, The Margins, and other journals and anthologies. He works and lives in Southeastern Michigan.
KAVEH AKBAR was born in Tehran, Iran. He is the author of Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James Books, 2017) and the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). Akbar is the recipient of the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, a Pushcart Prize, and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. He is the founder of the poetry interview website Divedapper.
KIRAN BATH is a lawyer, poet and essayist. The recipient of fellowships and support from Poets House, The Vermont Studio Center and Kundiman, her work has been shortlisted for the Peach Gold in Poetry and nominated for Best of the Net. She splits her time between New York City and Sydney, Australia.
SEEMA YASMIN is a poet, medical doctor, and author of Muslim Women Are Everything (HarperCollins, 2020) and the forthcoming If God is a Virus: The Ebola Poems (Haymarket, 2021). A British-born Muslim of Indian origin she lives in California where she is director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative.
SRESHTHA SEN is a poet from Delhi, and one of the founding editors of The Shoreline Review, an online journal for & by south asian poets. She studied Literatures in English from Delhi University and completed her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College, New York. Her work can be found in Arkansas International, bitch media, BOAAT, Hyperallergic, Hyphen, The Margins and elsewhere. She was the 2017-18 readings/workshops fellow at Poets & Writers and currently lives and teaches in Las Vegas. You can find more at sreshthasen.com.
RAJIV MOHABIR is the author of The Cowherds Son (Tupelo Press 2017) and The Taxidermists Cut (Four Way Books 2016). He is translator of I Even Regret Night: Holi Songs of Demerara (1916) (Kaya Press 2019) which received a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant Award. His memoir won Reckless Books 2019 New Immigrant Writing Prize and is forthcoming 2021. Currently he is an Assistant Professor of poetry in the MFA program at Emerson College, translations editor at Waxwing Journal.
TARA JAYAKAR is the founder of Raptor Editing & Press. She works in web and content editing, writes poems, and lives in Brooklyn.
TARFIA FAIZULLAH was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Texas. She is the author of Registers of Illuminated Villages (Graywolf Press, 2018) and Seam (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014). She lives in Chicago, Illinois.
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