Yuyutsu Sharma’s Columbia University Reading

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1st at 6:00pm, DODGE ROOM, EARL HALL Columbia University, Main-Campus at Morningside

Recipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, Trubar Foundation, Slovenia, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature and The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature, Yuyutsu Sharma is a world renowned Himalayan poet and translator.
He has published ten poetry collections including, The Second Buddha Walk, A Blizzard in my Bones: New York Poems, Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems, Nepal Trilogy, Space Cake, Amsterdam and Annapurna Poems. Three books of his poetry, Poemes de l’ Himalayas (L’Harmattan, Paris), Poemas de Los Himalayas (Cosmopoeticia, Cordoba, Spain) and Jezero Fewa & Konj (Sodobnost International) have appeared in French, Spanish and Slovenian respectively. In addition, Eternal Snow: A Worldwide Anthology of One Hundred Twenty-Five Poetic Intersections with Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma has just appeared.
Half the year, he travels and reads all over the world and conducts Creative Writing workshops at various universities in North America and Europe but goes trekking in the Himalayas when back home.
Currently, Yuyutsu Sharma is a visiting poet at Columbia University and edits, Pratik: A Quarterly Magazine of Contemporary Writing.

New Release: Making of The Indian Muse Context and Perspectives in Indian Poetry in English

 

 

 

 

 Making of The Indian Muse Context and Perspectives in Indian Poetry in English Edited by Goutam Karmakar 2019  pp 427

Though at the very outset Indian English Poetry imitated the patterns of the British poetry, over the decades the genre has evolved along with Indian ethos and bears a distinctive feature and sensibilities. Since without understanding the nuances of this genre one can’t explore its diversity, the present volume attempts to explore its various dimensions, studying it from numerous perspectives. The book begins with an overview of Indian English Poetry, and moves on to explore the various themes of Pre and Post-Independence period of this genre the writers discussed in the book include Toru Dutt, Rabindranath Tagore, Sri Aurobindo, Sarojini Naidu, Shiv K.  Kumar, Nissim Ezekiel, Bibhu Padhi, Jayanta Mahapatra, A.K. Ramanujan, P. Lal, Arun Kolatkar, Kamala Das, Meena Alexande, R. Parthasarathy, Keki N. Daruwalla,Dilip Chitre, Dom Moraes, Adil Jussawalla, Agha Shahid Ali, Vikram Seth, R.Raj Rao,  Sujata Bhatt, Yuyutsu Sharma, Robin S Ngangom and Ranjit Hoskote.

A must read for all interested in the making of the Indian Muse.

A ground breaking volume that offers new and surprising insights into canonical writers as well as introducing less known (albeit equally interesting) authors…This book is highly recommended to any scholar of Indian literature.

-Elisabetta Marino, Associate Professor of English Literature, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy.

Goutam Karmakar has curated a much-needed critical collection that traces the history of modern Indian poetry in English…The span and erudition of this collection is impressive for it shows both the concordances and discordances in the rich literary history of Indian writing in English, tracing a lineage of poetic creation that has canonicity and craft on the level of any Western nation. This is a welcome addition to our scholarship, deepening the depth of our learning and freeing the streams of our wisdom into flow.

–Ravi Shankar, Poet, Editor, Drunken Boat

Young Indian Poet and Critic, Goutam Karmakar is an Assistant Professor at the Department of English, Barabazar Bikram Tudu Memorial College, Sidhu-Kanhu-Birsha University, West Bengal, India.
A PhD Research Scholar at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Institute of Technology Durgapur (NITD), India, Goutam is an Associate of Setu: A Bilingual & Peer-Reviewed Journal of Literature, Arts & Culture published from Pittsburgh, USA and interview editor of Verbal Art: A Global Journal Devoted to Poets & poetry and Phenomenal Literature: A Global Journal Devoted to Language & Literature.
Widely published scholar, he specializes in Indian Literature in English, Marxism and Post Marxism, Postmodern and Postcolonial literature, Gender Studies, Ecocritical Studies, Dalit literature, Mythology, Folklore and Culture Studies.

Contributors
Abina Habib is an Assistant Professor, the Department of English, Amar Singh College, Srinagar, India. She has received her doctorate from University of Kashmir. Her current research interests include the history and appropriation of English language, literacy studies and the impact of globalization on native literature.
Aparna Ajith is a Ph.D. Research Scholar in English at the Central University of Rajasthan, India. Her area of specialization is Comparative Literature and her interest lies in Gender, Diaspora, Film and Culture studies.
Bonosree Majhi is an Assistant Professor of English at Memari College, Burdwan East. She is also a PhD research scholar of English literature at Burdwan University, WB, India.
Chaitali Giri is working as a Guest Lecturer in English at M.U.C. Women’s College, Burdwan, West Bengal, India.
Debaditya Mukhopadhyay is an Assistant Professor at the Department of English, Manikchak College, WB, India.
Durba Mukherjee is a PhD Research Scholar at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India.
Durga Patva is a PhD research Scholar of English literature at University of Lucknow, Lucknow, India.
Ebrahim SK is a research scholar, working in the Department of English, A.M.U., Aligarh. He has qualified for Junior Research Fellowship in Year 2015. His interested areas of study and research are Indian writings in English and Postmodern poetry.
Hemant Kumar Jha, Professor of English literature at Amity School of Liberal Arts, Amity University Gurgaon, India is a widely published author and has brough out several books, including, Hindu-Buddhist Festivals of Nepal, (Nirala, Reprint, 2019) and The World of Nirad C Chaudhary, Nirala ( Forthcoming)
Hemanga Dutta is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Linguistics and Contemporary English, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India. He did his Masters and PhD in Linguistics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and completed his Post Doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US in 2015 under the auspices of Nehru Fulbright fellowship. His research interests are Phonological theories, Phonetics phonology interface and Sociolinguistics.
Huzaifa Pandit is a PhD Scholar at the Department of English, University of Kashmir, India.
Indrani Chakraborty is an Assistant professor and Head of the Department in Prabhu Jagatbandhu College. She did her MPhil on Selected Texts of Amitav Ghosh analyzing his style of representing the Subaltern. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the University of Calcutta. Her special area of interest is Fin De Siècle Speculative Fiction.
Jimmy Sharma is an Assistant Professor (English), University College, Kurukshetra University, Haryana, India
Manisha Bhattacharya is a PhD Research Scholar at the Department of English, Presidency University, Kolkata, India.
Monika Manidarshan is an Assistant Professor of English, Shree L.R. / Tiwari College of Engineering, Kankia Park, Mira Road (East), Thane -401 107 (MS).
Nahid Kaiser is an Assistant Professor at the Department of English, Daffodil International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Pankti Desai is an Assistant Professor of English at Dr. S & S.S. Ghandhy Government Engineering College, Surat, Gujarat, India.
Parneet Jaggi teaches English at Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar Government College, Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan, India. A gold medalist in Indian classical music as well as English literature, she has published several books, including, Euphonies of Heart and Soul (Allahabad: Cyberwit, 2013), Live Love Light (Calcutta: Writers Workshop, 2014) and Show Me How Not to Grow (Allahabad: Cyberwit, 2017). Her work has appeared in several journals including The Enchanting Verses International Journal, the Taj Mahal Review, Contemporary Literary Review India, and The Criterion.
Prasun Maji is pursuing his PhD on American Women Writers of Pakistani origin at Bankura University. He teaches as a Guest Faculty at M.U.C.Women’s College, Burdwan, India. His areas of interest include Translation Studies, South Asian Diaspora, Shakespearean Studies, Indian English Fiction and post 1950s British literature.
Rima Ghosh is an Assistant Professor in English, Swami Niswambalananda Girls’ College, Bhadrakali, Uttarpara, Hooghly WB, India and a PhD Research Scholar at Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan.
Rimpa Roy teaches at the Department of English, Subhas Chandra Bose Centenary College, University of Kalyani, Murshidabad, WB, India.
S. Barathi teaches English literature at Srinivasa Ramanujan Centre, Sastra University, Kumbakonam, India.
Santanu Ganguly is working as an Associate Professor of English at Netaji Nagar Day College, Kolkata. He has received an M Phil and a PhD from Jadavpur University, Kolkata on the works of Sarojini Naidu. He was UGC Junior and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of English, Jadavpur University from 1999 to 2003. His areas of interest are Old English literature, Medieval English literature, Drama and Indian Writing in English. He has guest-edited an issue of the Journal of the Department of English, University of Calcutta and has also completed a UGC-Sponsored Minor Research Project on Old English Literature.
Seema Sarkar is an Associate Professor at theDepartment of English, Navyug Kanya Mahavidyalaya, Lucknow, India.
Subhas Chandra Dasgupta is a former Associate Professor at the Department of English, Raiganj University.
Sudhir K. Arora teaches English at Maharaja Harishchandra PG College, Moradabad. He has published Cultural and Philosophical Reflections in Indian Poetry in English.
Sutanuka Ghosh Roy is an Assistant Professor in English at Tarakeswar Degree College Tarakeswar, Hooghly, WB, India.
T. Vaudeva Reddy is a renowned poet, critic, and novelist of international repute. His poems have appeared in various journals in different countries. He is the subject of doctoral dissertations and research papers.
Tanima Shome is a PhD Research Scholar at the Department of English, DSB Campus Kumaun University, Nainital, India.
Timothy Jairaj is pursuing his Post Graduate degree in English language and literature at The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. He learned how to read poetry during his graduation at St. Joseph’s college in Bangalore, and it has become his most cherished research interest apart from Gender studies and Critical Discourse analysis.

Yuyutsu Sharma Upcoming North America and Europe Tour

October – November, New York

Thursday, Oct 25, 2018– 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Reading the Himalayas at Cornelia St Café Readings & Book Launch, Yuyutsu Sharma reading with Jill Hoffman, Robert Scotto, Anna Halberstadt and Mike Jurkovic,  29 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014, USA Phone: +1 212-989-9319 http://corneliastreetcafe.com/

 

Friday, Oct 26, 2018– 7 pm: Book Culture on 112th as David Austell & Yuyutsu Sharma read from their latest poetry books, The Tin ManGaruda & New Poems of Astral PlanesQuaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake PoemsA Blizzard in My Bones: New York Poems, Book Culture 536 W 112th St New York, NY 10025 https://www.bookculture.com/event/112th-reading-david-austell-yuyutsu-sharma

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018– 7 pm:  Yuyutsu Sharma to read at Red Hook’s Ekphrastic Tour BWAC’s 499 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn. http://bwac.org/

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018, Yuyutsu Sharma to read with David Austell at NAFSA Region X Conference, Buffalo, NY

 Friday, November 1, 2018, 6:30 pm: Yuyutsu Sharma to read at the Main Branch of  Smithtown Library, Long Island, NY, https://smithlib.org/ Hosted by Gladys Henderson

Friday, November 2, 2018, 7:30 pm: Yuyutsu Sharma and Tammy Green, featured readers: A Poets In Nassau event at Sip This 64 Rockaway Avenue Valley Stream, NY 516-341-0491 https://www.sipthisny.com/

November 2018, Europe

Germany
Friday, November 16, 2018,  Reading with German Novelist and  Editor, Eckhart Nickel at the famous bookstore, “Artes Liberales“ on Ingrimstrasse, Heidelberghttps://buchladen.artesliberales.name/

France

Sunday, November 18, 2018,  Yuyutsu Sharma  reading at Lithuanian artist, Ruta Jusionyte’s  Studio with Selwyn Rodda, Dominique Bernard, Valdas Papievis, Antonia Al1exandra Klimenko, John Alexander Serna at 93 rue de Romaine 93·100 Montreuil, France 0665143873

Slovenia 
Sunday, November 25, 2018, 11-12, National Book Fair, Yuyutsu Sharma to read at the Slovene launch of Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems, Translated into Slovene by Barbara Pogačnik

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 18.00 pm, Yuyutsu Sharma to read at Central Library, Celje, Slovenia

December, New York

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018, at Rubin Museum: Yuyutsu Sharma to read his new work inspired by Current Exhibit: The Second Buddha focused on Padmasambhava at Himalayan Heritage Meet.150 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011, USA http://rubinmuseum.org/

Saturday, Dec 8, 2018, 11.00 am -1.00 pm at All Souls Church, (61, Main Street, Stony Brook, New York: Yuyutsu Sharma to read with Jared Harel. Hosted by Suffolk County Poet Laureate, Gladys Henderson

 December, California

Sunday, 16 December 2018, 1-3 pm, Yuyutsu Sharma to speak as Special Guest at Poetry of the Sierra Foothills –  at Caffe Santoro, 493 Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs. open mic follows.

Monday, 17 December 2018, Christmas Reading celebrating Yuyutsu Sharma’s Eternal Snow at Sacramento Poetry Society, Yuyu reads with Select Contributors from the Anthology Read along http://www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com/

Book Culture, New York: A Reading With David Austell & Yuyutsu Sharma

Join us at Book Culture on 112th as David Austell & Yuyutsu Sharma read from their latest poetry books, The Tin ManGaruda & New Poems of Astral PlanesQuaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake PoemsA Blizzard in My Bones: New York Poems on Friday, October 26th at 7pm.

Quaking Cantos is the creative response of a world-renowned Himalayan poet to the earthquakes that shook Nepal in 2015, killing thousands and leaving more than a million people homeless, vulnerable to the ravages of the harsh Himalayan environment. In the aftermath of the earthquakes, his North and Central American reading tours suspended, Yuyutsu returns to Nepal to bear witness to the devastation the “cosmic commotion” has caused in his own Himalayan home.

A Blizzard in my Bones: New York Poems is a brilliant and groundbreaking new work focusing on the “first city of the world” by the internationally acclaimed Himalayan poet, Yuyutsu Sharma. Reminiscent of F.G. Lorca, Allen Ginsberg, Frank O’ Hara and Carl Sandburg, the poems constitute Sharma’s reflections on what it means for a Himalayan poet to transform to a new creation, a New Yorker.


David B. Austell, Ph.D. is Associate Provost and Director of the International Students and Scholars Office at Columbia University in New York City where he is also an Associate Professor of International Education in Teachers College-Columbia University (adjunct). David has over thirty years of executive leadership experience in International Education, and is a frequent writer and presenter in his professional field. David has undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also completed his Ph.D. in Higher Education, focusing on International Education. His doctoral dissertation, The Birds in the Rich Forest, concerned Chinese students in the United States during the Student Democracy Movement. David was a Fulbright Fellow in Japan and Korea in 1992. He is also a poet, and The Tin Man is his third book.

Yuyutsu Sharma is a recipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, Trubar Foundation, Slovenia, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature and The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature, Yuyutsu RD Sharma is a distinguished poet and translator. He has  published nine poetry collections including, A Blizzard in my Bones: New York Poems (Nirala, 2016), Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems, (Nirala, 2016),  Milarepa’s Bones, 33 New Poems, (Nirala, 2012),  Nepal Trilogy, Photographs and Poetry on Annapurna, Everest, Helambu & Langtang (www.Nepal-Trilogy.de, Epsilonmedia, Karlsruhe, 2010), a 900-page book with renowned German photographer, Andreas Stimm, Space Cake, Amsterdam, & Other Poems from Europe and America, (2009, Indian reprint 2014) and Annapurna Poems, 2008, Reprint, 2012).

Event address:
Book Culture
536 W 112th St
New YorkNY 10025

Reading the Himalayas at Cornelia St Café Readings & Book Launch

Reading the Himalayas at Cornelia St Café: Readings & Book Launch

Plus a Select Open Mike 

Thursday, Oct 25, 2018, 6-7:30 pm
  29 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014, USA Phone: +1 212-989-9319
http://corneliastreetcafe.com/

Renowned Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu Sharma travels from the Himalayas to read at New York’s famous West Village venue along with distinguished fellow poets, namely Jill Hoffman, Robert Scotto, Anna Halberstadt and Mike Jurkovic. Yuyutsu will read from his new work based on The Rubin Museum Exhibit, The Second Buddha focused on Padmasambhava along with his Himalayan poems.

 

 

 

A launch of his Pratik Magazine’s Double Summer/Spring Issue carrying special material on Europe along with the Pre-launch of the American poet, Robert Scotto’s new book of poems, Imagined Secrets ( Nirala, 2019) by distinguished NYU Professor, Poet and Curator of New York Writers WorkshopTim Tomlinson will also take place.

In addition, Pratik’s Summer/Fall Double Issue will be launched there and Select Contributors will read from it.

 

Recipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, Trubar Foundation, Slovenia, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature and The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature, Yuyutsu RD Sharma is an internationally acclaimed South Asian poet and translator. He has published nine poetry collections including, A Blizzard in my Bones: New York Poems, Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems, Nepal Trilogy, Space Cake, Amsterdam, & Other Poems from Europe and America, and Annapurna Poems. Widely traveled author, he has read his works worldwide and held workshops in creative writing and translation at Queen’s University, Belfast, University of Ottawa and South Asian Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany, University of California, Davis, Sacramento State University, California, Beijing Open University and New York University, New York. Yuyutsu is the Visiting Poet at Columbia University, New York and has just returned from China where had gone to read and conduct workshops at Beijing Normal University. Half the year, he travels and reads all over the world to read from his works and conducts Creative Writing workshops at various universities in North America and Europe but goes trekking in the Himalayas when back home. 

 

Jill Hoffman is the Founding Editor of Mudfish (Box Turtle Press), and the Mudfish Individual Poet Series. Box Turtle Press has just published The Gates of Pearl, a book-length poem in two voices, hers and her mother Pearl’s, as Mudfish Individual Poet Series #11. Black Diaries (Mudfish Individual Poet Series # 2) was published in 2000. Her first book of poems, Mink Coat, was published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston in 1973. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1974-75. Jilted, a novel, was published by Simon & Schuster in 1993. She has a B.A. from Bennington College, M.A. from Columbia University and Ph. D. from Cornell University. She has taught in major universities (Bard, Barnard, Brooklyn, Columbia) and published in major magazines, such as The New Yorker and Paris Review. She has led the Mudfish Writing Workshop in Tribeca since 1990. She is also a painter.

American poet and scholar, Robert Scotto was a professor of English at Baruch College, CUNY, until his retirement. His previous publications include A Critical Edition of Catch-22, a book on the contemporary American novel and essays on Walter Pater, James Joyce and other major and minor nineteenth and twentieth-century writers.  The first edition of his biography, Moondog, won the 2008 ARSC Award for Best Research in Recorded Classical Music and the Independent Publisher Book Awards 2008 bronze medal for biography. The second edition, published in 2016, is the basis for a documentary, to be released in 2018, featuring him as a participant. He has also written the entry for Moondog in the second edition of The Grove Dictionary of American Music. Although he has published poems occasionally in small journals throughout his life, his 2010 book, Journey Through India and Nepal, was his first collection.

 

New York-based poet, psychologist and translator, Anna Halberstadt has published six books, including, Vilnius Diary, 2014, Transit, 2016, Green in a Landscape with Ashes, 2017 and Gloomy Sun, 2017, and two books of translations: Selected Selected by Eileen Myles and Nocturnal Fire by Edward Hirsch, in Russian.  Her work has appeared in over 60 literary journals and anthologies, such as Alabama Literary Review, Alembic, AmarilloBay, Atlanta Review, Bluestem, Caliban, Café Review, Cimarron ReviewEast Jasmine Review, FatherNature, Literary Imagination, (Oxford Journals) and many others. Halberstadt was a finalist of the 2013 Mudfish poetry contest and she was nominated for the Pushcart prize twice.She is a recipient of the International Merit Award by Atlanta Review, 2016, Award for Poetry by the journal Children of Ra in 2016. Her book Vilnius Diary in Lithuanian translation had won TOP 10 by Lt.15– named one of the best ten books published in Lithuania in 2017. It also won the Award of the Association of Lithuanian Translators in 2017. Anna was named Translator of the Year 2017 by the journal Persona PLUS for her translation of Bob Dylan’s poem. She is a member of the American PEN center.

 

American poet, Mike Jurkovic is the 2016 Pushcart nominee, poetry and musical criticism have appeared in hundreds of magazines and periodicals. Full length collections, smitten by harpies & shiny banjo catfish  (Lion Autumn Press, 2016) Chapbooks: Eve’s Venom (Post Traumatic Press, 2014) Purgatory Road  (Pudding House Press) Anthologies: WaterWrites and Riverine (Codhill Press, 2009, 2007). President, Calling All Poets, New Paltz, NY and producer of CAPSCASTS, performances from Calling All Poets Series. Features & CD reviews appear in All About Jazz (August 2017 – ) & the Van Wyck Gazette. He loves Emily most of all.

 

Nirala Book Party in Manhattan: Book Launch & Readings

Friday, June 29, 2018– 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
at Red Room, 85 E 4th Street, 3rd Floor,
New York, New York 10003 
www.redroomnyc.com
Nirala book Party: Launch of Five New Books
and Reading by Nirala authors
Tin Man By David Austell
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CJTDLLK

Word Has it by Ruth Danon
https://www.amazon.com/dp/8182500974
Cats, Love & Other Surprises 
by Otis Kidwell Burger & Katherine Burger
https://www.amazon.com/dp/8182500893

A Prayer for Less Violent Offenders by Mike Graves
https://www.amazon.com/dp/8182500931

Eternal Snow; A Worldwide Anthology of One Hundred Twenty Five Poetic Intersections with Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma 
https://www.amazon.com/dp/8182500885
Select Contributors to the anthology will read at the Anthology
Plus several prominent authors previously published by Nirala including

and Others will read briefly from their books and display their works...

Also Spring Issue of Pratik; A Magazine of Contemporary Writing to be launched at the Party

Nirala Launches American Poet Diane Frank’s photography book on Nepal–Letters from a Sacred Mountain Place : A Journey through the Nepal Himalayas to Celebrate Poetry Month, 2018

Letters from a Sacred Mountain Place: A Journey through the Nepal Himalayas
Photographs and Text by Diane Frank
ISBN 81-8250-095-8 2018 Hard Cover pp 144

Walk with Diane Frank, poet, and novelist, on a 400-mile trek in the Nepal Himalayas. With photographs and her beautifully written narrative, she will take you to many Sacred Mountain Places. You will trek on mountain trails around Annapurna, with an ascent of 17,800 feet to Thorong La, and anoint your spirit in the sacred fountains of Muktinath. You will climb the Everest trail with astounding views of the mountains and go on pilgrimage to Buddhist temples and monasteries. The rushing water of sacred rivers will sing to your imagination. With each step of your journey, you will be transformed by the magic of the mountains.

“Letters from a Sacred Mountain Place captures the wide-eyed wonder of Diane Frank’s travels through Nepal, prior to the 1990 Democracy Revolution and the decades of upheaval that followed. She has composed a poetic homage to a place and culture that forever changed all who experienced it — and that still awakens newcomers to their inner journey.”

~ Jeff Greenwald, author of Shopping for Buddhas

Diane Frank’s Letters from a Sacred Mountain Place evokes the citadels of silence that define the essence of the Himalayas. The strength of the book rests in her ecstatic recollection of the minute details of the mountain world and her humble encounters with the beautiful people of the high Himalayas. The glory of idyllic life enjoyed during her treks in 1988 and 1989 has become a thing of the past, thanks to the merciless encroachment of the Western world and homegrown greed of senseless politicians in Nepal.

~ Yuyutsu Sharma, Himalayan Poet, & Author, Annapurna Poems and Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Diane Frank trekked four hundred miles in the Nepal Himalayas and wrote most this book sitting on boulders on the trails and by a kerosene lamp at night. She is author of seven books of poems, including Canon for Bears and Ponderosa Pines, Entering the Word Temple, Swan Light, and The Winter Life of Shooting Stars. Blackberries in the Dream House, her first novel, won the Chelson Award for Fiction and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She is editor of the bestselling anthology, River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the 21st Century.

She has written documentaries on Eastern and Sacred Art for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum, and the Maxwell Museum in Arizona. She teaches writing workshops at San Francisco State University and Dominican University, leads workshops for young writers as a Poet in the School, and directs the Blue Light Press On-line Poetry Workshop. She plays cello in the Golden Gate Symphony and likes to create her life as an art form.

Nirala News– American poet David Austell’s The Tin Man to be the first of five Poetry-Book Releases to celebrate the Poetry Month, 2018

Nirala to celebrate Poetry Month by launching 5 new books by 5 American Poets in April, The first one, American poet David Austell’s The Tin Man now out and available on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CJTDLLK

The Tin Man, by distinguished American poet and educationist, David B. Austell, is a moving homage to a little known but charismatic figure in the Christian biblical narratives, Saint Joseph of Arimathea.  Completed after six years of research and writing, The Tin Man is based on a myriad of primary and secondary source materials including canonical texts, apocrypha, religious traditions, church history, medieval literature, and folklore. The Tin Man is a grand narrative poem in epic style regarding the key intersections of Joseph of Arimathea’s life both with Pontius Pilate, Roman Governor of Palestine, and with the strange and charismatic Jesus of Nazareth. The poem explores the experiences of a dramatically flawed man, and the transmutation of his inner being in the presence of the Numinous.

Joseph of Arimathea appears as a key figure in the “passion narratives,” those sections of the four Christian Gospels that focus on the trial and death of Jesus in Jerusalem immediately prior to the celebration of the Jewish Passover in 33 A.D. It is here that we learn of Joseph’s status in the community as a wealthy man, a secret follower of Jesus, and a member of the high council of Jerusalem. It is also here that we read of Joseph’s unenviable task in the interment of the maverick rabbi who many believed to be the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.  In the apocryphal gospels and later writings, Joseph’s influential role in the early years of the Christian Church is brought to light.  For the first time, we are introduced to Joseph of Arimathea as a member of the Davidian royal family, the uncle of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the great-uncle of Jesus.  Later in the Vulgate, Joseph is referred to as NobilisDecurio (Noble Decurion). Thereafter he becomes the Roman citizen, the provincial Senator, and the legendary Roman superintendent of tin mining operations in the southwestern shires of England.  In the final analysis, The Tin Man explores the life-changes that transform an arrogant and troubled expatriate into a Christian saint, missionary, evangelist, and church leader.

The Tin Man is the epic song of Joseph of Arimathea.

“The figure of Joseph of Arimathea has always been dear to English hearts because of the age-old tradition, linked not only with Cornwall but also with Glastonbury, that he travelled here himself…Anyone reading this work will feel a great debt of gratitude to David Austell…The writing is full of music and it is music that leads us to the amazing figure of ‘The Tin Man’ so that we journey with him through history as pilgrims.”

-from the Introduction by the Very Reverend Dr. Robert A. Willis,  Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, England

Very compelling…an immense work…the poems are lit with primary passion, which is everything, of course.

Christian Wiman, Poet and Senior Lecturer in Religion and Literature, Yale Divinity School
The Tin Man is an elegant wrestle with history and meaning.” 

Eliza Griswold, Journalist, author, and poet, The Tenth Parallel, Wide Awake Field, I am the Beggar of the World

The Tin Man is a meticulously researched and masterfully written account of Joseph of Arimathea. David Austell weaves prose and poetry, history and imagination, humor and gravity into an exquisite, seamless story that is both fascinating and a pleasure to read.  David’s craft of poetry and prose here is exquisite. “

Sholeh Wolpe, Poet, Dramatist, and Performance Artist

The Tin Man is a fascinating collage of poetry, theology, history, epic, meditation, and engagement with large ideas. It’s a wonderful book and unlike any other I’ve ever read.

Kevin Prufer, Poet and Professor of Creative Writing, University of Houston

Enlightening and engaging…this marvelous read introduces you to the saint evolved from a lifetime of adventures as a soldier, senator and merchant.   David Austell’s tantalizing tale, pulled from the mists of time, places flesh-and-blood on one of the central, but little-known characters in the chronicles of Jesus Christ.  These incomparable, extraordinary narrative-poems shed a light on the heretofore unexplored Joseph of Arimathea as a man who sought an ordinary existence but came to believe and live the missionary life of The Way.

The Reverend Canon Matthew T. L. Corkern,, Rector, Calvary Church, Summit, New Jersey

David B. Austell, Ph.D. is Associate Provost and Director of the International Students and Scholars Office at Columbia University in New York City where he is also an Associate Professor of International Education in Teachers College-Columbia University (adjunct). David has over thirty years of executive leadership experience in International Education, and is a frequent writer and presenter in his professional field. David has undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also completed his Ph.D. in Higher Education, focusing on International Education. His doctoral dissertation, The Birds in the Rich Forest, concerned Chinese students in the United States during the Student Democracy Movement. David was a Fulbright Fellow in Japan and Korea in 1992. He is also a poet, and The Tin Man is his third book.

American poet, Otis Kidwell Burger’s fabulous book, Cats, Love & Other Surprises in Nirala Series

 Cats, Love & Other Surprises by Otis Kidwell Burger

Illustrations by Katherine Burger

ISBN : 978-8182500891 2017 Hardback pp 65

Cats, Love & Other Surprises is an astonishing book of poems by 93-year old Otis Kidwell Burger, of New York City. Both a poet and a sculptor, Otis delights in the company of her cats in verse both whimsical and lyrical. Other poems reflect on a long life divided between New York City and a country cabin in the New England woods; these explore family memories, the vagaries of love, and the natural world, to which she is connected by both scientific curiosity (she was a zoology major at Cornell College) and philosophical questioning. The poems traverse territories from the quotidian to the metaphysical; from rejoicing in the return of a lost cat “sitting on my lap purring/and stitching us together again/with her tiny, needle-sharp claws” to imagining a prehistoric woman artist sitting on the floor of her cave, “whittling a bit of mammoth bone. /I don’t know yet if it will be/A horse or a bison. Prey. Food. Perhaps a charm for the hunter./Or perhaps a cave bear, immense, terrible./Death itself, but made small and manageable. A protection.” Solemn, yet also witty and accessible, these are American poems of great strength and a quirky animistic sensibility. They are also poignant. Musing on her unmatched “bachelor” socks, the poet imagines their lost, significant others and why they stepped out, never to return. In another poem, she mourns that “the darkness falls/And tucks us in our homes/No more telephones/No more visiting/No more conversations/No more sleepwalking, or I/Would be five miles away soon/And in bed with you.” Delightfully illustrated by her own daughter, Katherine Burger, this is a majestic little gift from a marvellous mother/daughter team.

American writer and artist Otis Kidwell Burger was born in 1923 in Staten Island, NY, and has lived in Greenwich Village since 1932. She graduated from Cornell University and married Knox Breckenridge Burger in 1946; they had two daughters, Neall and Katherine.

Her published work includes: An Interesting Condition, a novel; The String That Went Up, a children’s book; poetry in The New Yorker, Good Housekeeping, and Gourmet Magazine; science fiction in Galaxy and Astounding magazines. She’s written book reviews for The New York Times, Book of the Month Club; The Village Voice, and Kirkus Services, as well as articles in the Villager. All of the poems included in the book, except The Stag, were written in the last two years

Katherine Burger, Otis’ second daughter, is a playwright and artist. She and her husband Randy live in the Hudson Valley.