August 7, 2022

Finding Our Voice: Desi Poetry Reading – Best Indian American Magazine | San José CA


To join the poetry reading Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 6 p.m. PST and 9 p.m. EST, click the button below!

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With America on the verge of historic socio-political change, India Currents invites you to celebrate activism through a virtual poetry reading! This effort is in collaboration with Matwaala, a South Asian poetry collective designed to provide immigrant and POC writers with a literary platform.

In their own words, Matwaala embodies “voices that dare to say the unspoken and hear the unheard of … voices that break down barriers … voices that dare to be South Asian, American and simply human”. Since their training, they have hosted several poetry festivals and writing workshops. Most notably, they recently led the Smithsonian’s Beyond Bollywood Project, where they created a poetry wall honoring South Asian writers at the Irving Museum and Archives.

Poetry has always represented rebellion – against injustice, against hierarchy, against the status quo. And this event, complemented by live readings and a stimulating question-and-answer session, seeks to honor that sense of rebellion by addressing topics such as women’s rights and the Black Lives Matter movement. This discussion features an all-female panel of Desi poets, who will reflect on their own experiences to analyze these issues from an immigrant perspective.

Poets: Usha Akella, Pramila Venkateswaran, Zilka Joseph, Sophia Naz, Monica Ferrell

Moderators: Srishti Prabha, Kanchan Naik

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To learn more about this event and its panelists, stay tuned for updates on our Facebook and Instagram!

Kanchan Naik is an aspiring student at Quarry Lane School in Dublin, California. In addition to being the Youth Editor at India Currents, she is also the Editor-in-Chief of her school’s newspaper The Roar, Pleasanton Poet Laureate and Director of Media Outreach at the nonprofit Break the Outbreak.