Upcoming Virtual Events!
April 24, Bookbeat, Detroit, MI
May 5, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI
September 13, Literary Excursions, Long Island, NY
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
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:
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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).
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
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
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
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.
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: https://www.abdow.org
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!
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.https://rasafestival.org/literary-events/faber-institute-reading/
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. https://akshara-arts.org
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 http://www.poetry-leaves.com/events
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. http://www.readwritelive.org/wsup-oct-2016.html
Jewish Book Festival
Nov 13, 10 am, Local Authors, Jewish Community Center, Ann Arbor, MI. http://book.jccannarbor.org/schedule/local-authors-2/
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
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