Events in 2024

April 12: Book Launch at Booksweet Bookstore in Ann Arbor, MI, with poets Frances Kai-Hwa Wang and Alise Alousi.

April 27: New York Writers Workshop, Underland Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

May 5: Woodstock Jewish Congregation, NY 

May 8: Stream of Life Readings, with Pramila Venkateswaran. Hosted by Stephanie J. Russel.

 Franklin D. Roosevelt Center, Hyde Park, NY

May 18: Taste of Home, Noon-2 pm, Zoom event hosted by Megha Sood

May 24: Next Chapter Bookstore, Detroit, MI. Reading with poets Frances Kai-Hwa Wang and Sherina Sharpe

May 26: Kylyn APIA Arts and Culture Festival.Ann Arbor District Library. Poetry of Healing.

June 7: Beth El, Ann Arbor, MI. Event organized by Claire Wiener and Simone Yehuda

June 13: MLK Library, Washington DC. 

June 25: Skazat! Poetry reading hosted by Scott Beal and Ellen Stone. Via Zoom. 7-8pm Open mic. My reading at 8 pm

Sept 16-18: Keene State University, NH

Fall, 2024: Jewish Women's Archive. 

November: India and Thailand

Events 2023:

IAAC Literary Festival, Indo Amercian Arts Center, NYC

November 18 &19, 2023.

Bengaluru Poetry Festival, Bangalore, India, August 5-6, 2023

Please join us if you can! Panel discussion and reading with Sophia Naz, Nabina Das, and Maithreyi Karnoor

Article in The Hindu

and The New Indian Express

The Indian Jewish Heritage Center & The Cochin Heritage Center,  "Heritage On Zoom" talk number 99.

"Bird of the Sea and Fish of the Air" January 5, 2023. A recording is available here:

Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, Michigan, January 23, 2023, 7 pm

Reading with Frances Kai-hwa, Wang, Carlian Duan, and Kynghee Kim

Events 2022

My Readings and Podcasts:

Booksweet Bookstore, (in person) Ann Arbor. Reading with John Freeman, Diane DeCillis, Peter Markus. November 4, 7:30 pm.

Indian Jewish Heritage Center. Virtual event. Details will be posted soon.

The Room Project, Detroit. In-person reading with Terry BlackHawk and Diane DeCillis. Sunday September 11, 5 pm.

ISOBreak, an Asia Pacific Writers and Translators and New York Writers' Workshop event, hosted by Ravi Shanker:

Saturday September 10, 2 pm EST. Recording:

"Where are you from? Where are you really from?" Saturday May 5, 4-6 pm EST.

An event organized by the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC). Register here:

Webinar on Immigration and Reading for In-Sight Collaborative, Saturday April 30, 5 pm.  In-Sight Collaborative is a charity that works with refugees along the migratory pathway. More info will be posted soon.

Pages Bookstore, April 22, 7 pm. Book Launch of "Poolside by the Dearborn Inn" by John Freeman, and I'm reading with Michael Lauchlan and other poets:

Chaldean Center, International Women's Month Video Podcast on Friday March 4, 11 am EST

Hosted by Weam Namou Links will be posted soon

Pink Panther Magazine and Detroit Writers' Guild celebrates International Women's Month on March 8, 7 pm EST

A reading with Joy Gaines Friedler. Hosted by Jenifer DeBellis, editor of Pink Panther Magazine. Links will be posted soon

Humara Mushaira Poetry reading, South Asian Literary Association Conference March 11, 7 pm EST

AWP Conference Panel "L'Chaim: Jewish Poems in the Third Millennium, March 24, 12:10 - 1:10 pm EST

Panelists NN Carlson, Ilya Kaminsky, Joy Ladin, ME Silverman

International Women's Month Poetry Reading on Sunday March 27, 2 pm EST 

Hosted by ML Liebler. Reading with Ashley M. Jones (Poet Laureate of Alabama), Chaldean poet, Weam Namou, and Latina poet, Monica Rico.

Links will be posted soon

Rattlecast, hosted by the editor, Timothy Green, Sunday February 13, noon EST. Podcast to celebrate my book In Our Beautiful Bones:

Culturico Podcast, a conversation with Gerfried Ambrosch. Details will be posted soon.

Interlaken Podcast, hosted by Fleda Brown. Details will be posted soon.

Congregation Beth Ahm, West Bloomfield, Michigan. On Saturday February 5, after Havdalah (end of shabbath prayers), 
6:40 pm EST.

Virtual Events, 2021:

Srijan Poetry, Kolkata, India, November 27, 7-9 pm IST, 8:30-10:30 am EST

​A tribute to Margaret Atwood by Prof. Julie Mehta, followed by poetry readings in Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, and English

Poetry Street, Long Island, NY, November 27, 4-6 pm EST

Featured readers: Jill Wolcott, Bill Batcher and myself

Join us via Zoom:

Literary Excursions, Long Island, NY. 
Monday November 8, at 6 pm EST.
Hosted by Pramila Venkateswaran and Carmen Bugan via Zoom
Click here to attend the event:

The Living Room Online Literary Series, Detroit, MI. Hosted by M.L. Liebler via Zoom

September 12, 2 pm. Poets Kirun Kapur, Sumita Chakraborty, Indran Amirthanayagam and Zilka Joseph!

​Click here to watch the video:

Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI, on October 6, 7 pm

Book launch of my new book-- In Our Beautiful Bones, Mayapple Press, NY.

A reading with novelist Nawaaz Ahmed and translator and poet NN Carlson!

Click here to watch the video:

Beltway Poetry Quarterly

A reading by contributors such as Andre Bagoo, Olga Livshin, Jiwon Choi, Patricia S. Jones, and others including myself, to celebrate BPQ's newest issue, Saturday October 16, 2 pm

Click here to watch the video:

Book Beat Bookstore, Detroit, MI. April 24, 7 pm. 

Ed Hirsch, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Dunya Mikhail, Diane Decillis, M.L. Liebler, & me.

Click on the link below, scroll down, and register at Eventbrite

Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI. May 5, 7 pm. Book launch of Sparrows and Dust!

Robert Fanning, John (Cal) Freeman, and me.

Click here to watch the video:

Past Virtual and Recorded Events

Jewish Poetry Reading at JCC on Feb 22, 7 pm

Celebrating the anthology 101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium!

Jane Hirshfiled, NN Carlson, ME Silverman, and others including myself, will read.

Please register to attend,

Link on Facebook:

Rasa Multi-arts Festival 2020,  Inspired by India

Organized by Akshara Arts, Ann Arbor

Poetry Events:

City of Hibiscus Eyes
Event date: Saturday, October 3,2020  USA: 11 am EST / India: 8:30 pm IST
Music inspired by poetry: a short reading by poet Zilka Joseph, and a performance by pianist Veena Kulkarni

A Reading by Sumita Chakraborty
Event date: Sunday, October 18,2020  USA: 11 am EST / India: 8:30 pm IST

A Reading by Zilka Joseph 
Event date: Saturday, October 24,2020  USA: 11 am EST / India: 8:30 pm IST

Description of events, info about the readers/performers:

All Rasa Festival events:

Support Akshara Arts:

Matwaala Festival 2020: Charles B. Wang Center for South Asian Studies, Stony Brook University, NY

Panel discussions, workshops and readings which were to be held on April 1, 2020, were cancelled.
A video of readings by South Asian poets Pramila Venkateswaran, Sophia Naz, Usha Akella, Monica Ferrel, and myself has been produced by Stony Brook is posted here.

June 30, 6 pm PST and 9 pm EST

"Desi Poetry": a reading by South Asian women poets of the diaspora. Pramila Venkateswaran, Usha Akella, Monica Ferrel, Sophia Naz and myself. Hosted by India Currents, (San Jose).​
Password: 8p&1@29Q
Article on the event by Jyoti Bachani, in India Currents

June 25, 7 pm EST
Dragonfly Journal Poetry Reading, 2020
Hosted by Dragonfly, Hopeworks, Maryland

Past Events:

Third Man Records, All Access Cafe, Detroit.

February 21, 7 pm

Reading with ML and other Michigan poets.

Sean Forbes, hip-hop superstar will perform! Music performances by other bands as well.

Black Box Gallery, Dearborn, MI

Feb 28, 6:30-8:30 pm

Celebrating RESPECT: The Poetry of Detroit Music Anthology.

And a poetry reading with John (Cal) Freeman, Michael Lauchlan, and ML and his Band will be performing

RESPECT Anthology: The Poetry of Detroit Music Book Launch at Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor
March 2, 2020
Ann Arbor Book launch of RESPECT, published by Michigan State University Press. Editors M.L. Liebler and Jim Daniels
Several contributors to the anthology (including myself) who are Michigan poets will read work from this unique and groundbreaking anthology.

Springfed Arts Reading Series, at Royal Oak Library

April 22, 2020

Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, Michigan

June 19

Indran Amirthanayagam and I will be reading together. He will read form his new book "The Migrant States" published by Hanging Loose Press. I will read poems from Sharp Blue Search of Flame and some new work. 

Detroit Public Library, Detroit, Michigan

A Celebration of South Asian Poetry and Music, June 20 (Tentative)

Indran Amirthanayagam and I and others will be reading, and musician will play fusion music.

"Our Revolution" Event, Sunday Jan 12, at 2 pm, Livonia Public Library
Will be reading my poetry at this event supporting Bernie Sanders

Kelly Fordon and myself:

Wednesday Oct 23, Bookbound Bookstore, Ann Arbor, Michigan

RESPECT Anthology: The Poetry of Detroit Music

Wednesday Oct 30, RCAH Poetry Center, Michigan State University, 7:30 pm. 

Book launch of RESPECT, published by Michigan State University Press. Editors M.L. Liebler and Jim Daniels

Several contributors to the anthology (including myself) who are Michigan poets will read work from this unique and groundbreaking anthology. 

Terry Blackhawk, Dennis Hinrichsen, Zilka Joseph 
Tuesday Nov 12, Nicola's in Ann Arbor,   7 pm. Blackhawk's new book is "One Less River"

RESPECT Anthology: The Poetry of Detroit Music. Book launch in Detroit, Dec 1
Third Man Records in Detroit from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm:
Third Man Records,
441 West Canfield Street
Detroit, MI 488201

Matwaala: South Asian Diaspora Poetry Festival, New York City, April 3, 4 & 5, 2019

Featuring UK and US poets. UK poets: Yogesh Patel (poet-of-honor) and Kavita A. Jindal. US Poets: Pramila Venkateswaran, Usha Akella, Sophia Naz, Ravi Shankar, Zilka Joseph, Vivek Sharma, Ralph Nazareth, Vikas Menon, Yuyutsu Sharma, and Indran Amirthanayagam.

Matwaala, South Asian Diaspora Poets’ Collective, is a community of poets whose origins go back to South Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Afghanistan). Our mission is to promote South Asian poetry in the American literary landscape and collaborate with other arts in North America through a festival, publications and mutual support among poets.  For more information go to:

April 3rd, 6 to 7:30 pm, Reading at NYU Global/Liberal Studies Offices, 726 Broadway, 6th Floor, Conference Room 8, NYC
April 4th, 11 am to 2:30 pm, Readings & Panel discussions at Nassau Community College Library, 2nd Floor 1 Education Drive. Nassau, NY
April 4th, 7 to 9 pm, Reading at the Red Room, 85 East 4th St, 3rd Floor, NYC, NY
April 5th, 7-9 pm, Meena Alexander Memorial Reading at Hunter College, 695 Park Avenue, NYC NY 10065

Also, I will be reading at two other events, one in Stamford, Connecticut and the other in Long Island, NY

April 2: Curley's Diner in Stamford, Connecticut on Tuesday April 2, at 7:30 pm, sponsored by a writers' group run and hosted by poet Ralph Nazareth. Curley's Diner: 62 West Park Place. Stamford, CT (203) 348 2020
April 6: Smithtown Public Library, Smithttown, Long Island, NY, Saturday April 6, 1-3 pm. Hosted by Gladys Henderson, Poet Laureate of Long Island.

Being Brown:South Asian Narratives of Brownness in South East Michigan

Opening of Exhibition and Panel Discussion
Friday, April 5 3:30- 5:30 PM, Hatcher Library Gallery

Using an interdisciplinary lens, the exhibit explores the heterogeneity in the contours of brown narratives among South Asians in the Midwest. Although there is an emerging interest in the social construction of brownness on its own terms, most of such explorations are situated either in the East or West Coast. Rarely have the narratives of brownness in the Midwest been explored. The Midwest, particularly Ann Arbor and the greater Detroit area, has a sizable population of South Asians who work in a variety of blue collar to professional jobs that range from motel cleaners to doctors.
An exhibition by: Ram Mahalingam, Osman Khan, Aswin Punathambekar

April 5 - May 5 at the Hatcher Library Gallery

(Two creative writing workshops were conducted by me as part of this project. Poems written by participants and myself, as well as brief video clips of sessions will be on display).

Welcome & Introduction: Ram Mahalingam, Barger Leadership Institute, Dept. of Psychology Poetry Performance: Sakila Islam

Gunalan Nadarajan, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design
Leela Fernandes, Womens’ Studies
Akil Kumarasamy, English and Creative Writing
Aliyah Khan, Department of English
Swarnavel Pillai, English and Media & Information, Michigan State University

Pages Bookstore, Detroit, Friday April 18, 2019
Kelly Fordon's book launch event!
Reading with Kelly Fordon, John Freeman, Michael Lauchlan


International Neighbors

January 17, 2019: Reading and Reception,  International Day, an International Neighbors Event, Ann Arbor, MI
1 -2:30 pm. All women invited!
Zion Lutheran Church Social Hall
1501 W Liberty St
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103
For more information about International Neighbors go to:

Event Highlights, 2018

​Literati, Ann Arbor

September 21, Poetry Reading, Rasa Festival Of India, Literati Bookstore, 7 pm

Matwaala: South Asian Diaspora Poetry Festival, New York City, Sept 25 & 26

September 25, Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen St., NY 10002, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Featured Matwaala Poets: Meena Alexander, Usha Akella, Zilka Joseph, Varsha Saraiya-Shah, Ralph Nazareth, and Pramila Venkateswaran.

September 26: Matwaala – The BIG READ
Asian American Writers Workshop, 112 W 27th St., #600, New York, NY 1001, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Featured Poets: Meena Alexander, Ralph Nazareth, Usha Akella, Zilka Joseph, Abhay Kumar, Vikas Menon, Varsha Saraiya-Shah, Vivek Sharma, Rohan Chettri, Pramila Venkateswaran & others.

Past Events:

​August 21, Poets and Pies Event, Detroit Public Library, Detroit
Reading with David Cope and Dorene O'Brien, 6 pm

Midland Arts Center, Midland, MI
​July 25, Michigan Authors' Reading, at the Midland Arts Center, Midland, 7:30-9 pm
​Sponsored by the Alden B. Dow Foundation
Check out the Alden B. Dow home and studio:

The Michigan Quarterly Review Reading Event

Monday April 9, at Literati Bookstore

Release of MQR's Special Issue "Poetry at Michigan". Contributors to this issue, including myself, will read our work and copies of books will also be for sale.

Waterford Library Reading Series, Waterford Library
Thursday April 12, 7 pm, Waterford Library. Reading with Alise Alousi and Doris Plantus. Hosted by Glen Armstrong.


Bookbound Bookstore reading with Robert Fanning

Thursday April 26, 7 pm

Michigan Author Series, July 25, 7 pm, Midland, MI

Sponsored by the Alden B. Dow Foundation. Details to follow soon.

Past Events, 2018:

Nomads Reading, Feb 22, 6:30-10 pm, Kebob House in Hamtramck, MI

This really unique reading series event hosted by Stephanie emerging and established immigrant writers and celebrates them, their languages and cultures. There will be readings by high school students, and three featured readers. There will also be dinner before the event, and music after. The Feb 22 event is sponsored by MOCAD. Please click on the link below for details, directions etc., and to register. The dinner and event is free but registration is required!

​Women's March and Rally, Jan 20, at the DIAG at U-M, 2-4 pm

Join at that Diag to hear some inspiring women speak from 3-4 pm. I will be reading some poems at this event. Please come out to support women and to speak out for our rights and for our safety!

It's Ekphrastic!

Reading and reception at WSG Gallery on Main Street, at 4 PM on Sunday, January 21. Sixteen Ann Arbor poets will read work inspired by artwork displayed in WSG gallery.  The art show opens on Jan 2, 2018.

Waterford Library Reading Series

Thursday April 12, 7 pm, Waterford Library. Hosted by Glen Armstrong.

Upcoming presentations and/or classes:

Macomb Community College

SOAR Program, Poetry Workshop, Nov 10, 2016

Events, Fall  2017

Sept 10: Kerrytown Book Festival
4:00 pm - Main Tent
"Poetic Musings" with Robert Fanning, Cindy Hunter Morgan, Keith Taylor and Z.G. Tomaszewski moderated by Zilka Joseph

Sept 23: Alpena Book Festival

Sept 28: Rasa Festival of India, 6:30 pm, Faber Institute: Literary Event featuring Saleem Peeradina, Shri Thanedar and Zilka Joseph.
Rasa Festival in Ann Arbor will happen through September! Film, Dance, Food and more! Do support the events and the nonprofit organization, Akshara who is organizing this festival.

October 7: Horizon Bookstore in Traverse City, Reading and Book signing, 2-4 pm

November 29: Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, Ann Arbor, 7 pm 

Spring 2017 Events

March 18, 11 am, Women Writers of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti (WWAAY) Conference, U-M, Ann Arbor. Reading with lots of wonderful readers. Workshop by Joy Friedler at 9 am--details at:

March 26, 3 pm, International Women's Day Celebration at The Source Bookstore, Wayne State University campus, Detroit

April 20, 7 pm, Bookbound Bookstore, Ann Arbor, with Detroit poet M.L. Liebler

April 23, 2 pm, Nicola's Bookstore, Ann Arbor, along with several contributors to Water Music: The Great Lakes State Poetry Anthology, published by the  Poetry Society of Michigan

May 21, 7 pm, Reading Series at Franklin Farmhouse, hosted by Diane Decillis

June 15, 7 pm, Motor Signal Reading, Signal Return Press, Eastern Market, Detroit, curated by Literary Detroit

Waterford Township Public Library, Feb 9, 2017, 7-8:30 pm

Reading with Alise Alousi and Cal Freeman

Events 2016

Author's Forum Event hosted by Evans Young 

A discussion of my book Sharp Blue Search of Flame with Lolita Hernandez, author of Making Callaloo in Detroit
Sept 28, 5:30 pm, Hatcher Graduate Library, U-M, Ann Arbor, MI

Wayne State Universtiy Press 75th Anniversary Celebrations, Detroit, MI

Sept 29, 5 pm, N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art


Harbor Springs Festival of the Book, Harbor Springs, MI
Oct 1, 1 pm and 3 pm. Reading and Panel Discussion with WSUP authors Mary Ann Oomen, Thomas Lynch, Michael Delp

Wellspring Series hosted by poet and professor at CMU, Robert Fanning

Oct 3, 7:00 pm, Art Reach Center, 111 E. Broadway St., Downtown Mt. Pleasant, MI.

Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters: Made in Michigan Writers Event

Oct 28, Reading with M.L. Lielbler and Lynn Fay in Grand Rapids, MI.

Jewish Book Festival

Nov 13, 10 am, Local Authors, Jewish Community Center, Ann Arbor, MI.

Aug 28, 3 pm, Nicola's Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI
Reading with Ann Arbor poets, Chris Lord and Sue Budin


Celebration of 10 years of the Made in Michigan series, and 75 years of Wayne State University Press!

Panel discussion and reading on May 19, Hilberrry Theater in Detroit, 7 pm


Book Launch of Sharp Blue Search of Flame, sponsored by The Center of Education of Women, University of Michigan

Wednesday April 6, 2016, at 5 pm, Hussey Room, Michigan League

Poets and Pies Detroit: Reading with Terry Blackhawk and Dunya Mikhail

Thursday April 7, 7 pm. Hannan House, 4750 Woodward Ave., Detroit MI

Literati Bookstore; Reading with M.L. Liebler and Michael Delp

Thursday April 21, 7 pm at Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor

Appearances and Engagements:

Ann Arbor Area
Angell Hall, University of Michigan, Hussey Room, Michigan League, U-M, Ann Arbor Book Festival Conference and Readings, Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti; Sweetwaters Cafe; Brewed Awakenings; Chelsea Literary Walk 

Scarab Club, Hannan House, Detroit Opera House, Jazz Cafe, Detroit Public Library, Motor Signal Press

Metro Detroit
Oakland University, Oakland Community College, Rochester Hills Public Library, Barnes and Noble, Rochester Hills,  Farmingtom Hills Public Library, Birmingham Public Library, Ferndale Library, Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills Arts Center (BBAC); Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA), Rochester Hills; Cranbrook School

New York City

Blue Stockings Bookstore and Asian American Writers' Workshop. Upcoming: NYU, Nassau Community College, Hunter College, NYC


AJJDC, Kelly-Strayhorn Theater

Zilka Joseph