HIMALAYAN POET FEATURED IN DAYTONA BEACH
Yuyutsu RD Sharma will be the featured poet on Wednesday, June 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Wine-Me on Beach Street in Daytona Beach. Mr. Sharma, who lives in Kathmandu, Nepal, will read from his two newest books: Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems, and A Blizzard in My Bones: New York Poems (Nirala, 2016). He will also discuss the continuing tragedy of the earthquake that devastated Nepal a year ago.
The program is presented by Volusia County Poet Laureate Dr. David B. Axelrod. “Yuyustu’s work is of interest to more than poets. He speaks lovingly of his homeland, but he also describes all our lives.” says Axelrod. “We who have moved from the north to Florida certainly know what it means to have ‘a blizzard in our bones.’”
In addition to teaching at Columbia University and just previously at New York University, Mr. Sharma is a recipient of a fellowship from The Rockefeller Foundation, author of nine poetry collections, and is a frequent performer and workshop teacher throughout the world.
A gifted translator, Yuyutsu’s book of Nepali translations entitled Roaring Recitals; Five Nepali Poets was nominated by the Library of Congress as Best Book of the Year from Asia under the program, “A World of Books 2001: International Perspectives.” His own poetry has been translated into and published in seven languages.
Wine-Me is located at 204 South Beach Street and can be reached at 386-871-7769. For more information about Mr. Sharma and the program, email Dr. Axelrod, email@example.com, or call 386-337-4567.
Tuesday May 31st, 5:45 – 7:45
Yuyutsu Sharma ‘s Reading at Ken Siegelman’s Brooklyn Poetry Outreach, at Brooklyn Public Library, Park Slope Branch, 431 6th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11215Hosted by Anthony Vigorito
Wednesday June 1st, 5:45 – 7:00
Yuyutsu Sharma at Rubin Museum: Honoring Nepal in Poetry and Film, Himalayan Heritage Meet at The Rubin Museum of Art150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011 Phones: 212.620.5000, 212.620.5000×344 http://rubinmuseum.org/
June 7 –June 11
Yuyutsu Sharma as Guest Poet at XI Festival Internacional de Poesía de Buenos Aires. 2016 www.festivalpoesiabsas.com.ar
June 11, 2016 4:00 pm to 5;30
Yuyutsu Sharma to read at Festival de la Poesia de la India hosted by The Indian Embassy in Bueos Aries in collaboration with Universidad Abierta Interamerica University at Aula Magna, UAI Av San Juan 983 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 6:30
Yuyutsu Sharma at Port Jefferson Free Library, 631 473-0022 100 Thompson Street Port Jefferson, NY, 11777, 631-473-0022 Fax: 631-473-2903 email@example.comHosted by Kat Lamberg
Tuesday, June 18, 2016 at 6:30
Celebrating the Soul of the Himalayas: A Poetry Reading with Yuyutsu Sharma Windsor at YogaSole, Brooklyn, NY 11215. Registration required $10 with a Glass of Wine, YogaSole • 254 Windsor Place • Brooklyn, New York 11215 • 718-541-1382 • email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, June 22, 7 to 9 p.m.
Yuyutsu Sharma as feature poet at Wine-Me on 204 South Beach Street Daytona Beach 386-871-7769.The program is presented by Volusia County Poet Laureate Dr. David B. Axelrod, email@example.com, or call 386-337-4567
Hosted by Wendy Williams, Sacramento Poetry Center 1719 25th St between Q and R, http://sacramentopoetrycenter.org
June 29 (Details follow)
Join the leading South Asian poet Yuyutsu Sharma and the film director Amitabh Joshi for an evening program dedicated to Nepal. Sharma will read poems from his In Praise of Chomolingma, the Mother of the Winds of the World followed by a screening of Joshi’s film Tashi’s Turbine, an uplifting tale of a small village’s attempt to harness renewable, sustainable energy.
Professor David Austell, Columbia University, will introduce Yuyutsu Sharma.
A book signing and director Q&A will provide further opportunities for discussion.
Poetry reading with Yuyutsu Sharma in the exhibition Nepalese Seasons followed by a book signing
Screening of the film Tashi’s Turbine followed by a Q&A with director Amitabh Joshi
About the Participants
Yuyutsu Sharma is South Asia’s leading poet published by Nirala with growing international acclaim. He is currently based in New York City as a visiting poet at New York University and has had several readings in Nicaragua, New York, Boston, and the west coast of the United States.
Amitabh Joshi, originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, is currently based in New York City. He is interested in exploring environmental sustainability, cultural identities, and youth-related issues. He is a director and cinematographer at Vacant Light, a production company in New York City. Tashi’s Turbine is his first feature-length documentary.
Rubin Museum of Art
Yuyutsu Sharma’s Himalayan Recitals: Yuyu will read from his extensive writings, including his newest published work Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems. at The Yoga Exchange Address: 24 Exchange St, Holliston, MA 01746, Phone:(508) 429-9642 Hosted by Kimberly Cozza Collins and Melanie Harrington.
Tuesday, April 12 at 2 pm – 3 pm
Yuyutsu Sharma at Griffen Free Public Library, 22 Hooksett Road, P O Box 308, Auburn, New Hampshire, (603) 483-5374
Wednesday, April 13 at 11pm
Yuyutsu Sharma reading with Dan Szczesny at Moving Mountains – Personal Stories of Perseverance, Juggernaut Fitness, LLC, 141 Old Turnpike Rd, Concord, New Hampshire 03301 Hosted by Jake St. Pierre
Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:00pm
Yuyutsu Sharma Reading at Columbia University Global Poets Series, poetry reading and audience talk‐back with Eliza Griswold at the Nicholas Roerich Museum, 319 West 107th Street, between Broadway and Riverside Drive, New York NY 10025 Hosted by David Austell : Admission Free
Sunday. May 1, 2016, 1;30-4.00pm
Yuyutsu Sharma Reading at Oceanside Library, Long Island, New York, 1:30pm -3:30pm Hosted by Peter Dugan
Tuesday May 3, 2016, 7 pm,
Yuyutsu Sharma at the BookMark Shoppe, 8415 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn. NY 11209 Hosted by Anthony Vigorito
Tuesday May 31st, 5:45 – 7:45
Yuyutsu Sharma as Guest Poet at Ken Siegelman’s Brooklyn Poetry Outreach, at Brooklyn Public Library, Park Slope Branch, 431 6th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11215 Hosted by Anthony Vigorito
Wednesday June 1st, 5:45 – 7:00
YUYUTSU SHARMA TO READ AT RUBIN MUSEUM: HONORING NEPAL IN POETRY AND FILM, HIMALAYAN HERITAGE MEETUP at The Rubin Museum of Art 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011 Phones: 212.620.5000, 212.620.5000 x344 There is a 24-hour parking lot on the corner of 17th Street and 6th Avenue. There are also a number of parking garages and lots on 17th Street between Union Square and 7th Avenue. Learn more about discounted parking with Central Parking System.SUBWAY: A, C, E to 14th Street (at 8th Avenue), 1 to 18th Street (at 7th Avenue), 2, 3 to 14th Street (at 7th Avenue), F, L, M to 14th Street (at 6th Avenue), N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th Street-Union Square http://rubinmuseum.org/
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 6:30
Yuyutsu Sharma at Port Jefferson Free Library, 631 473-0022 100 Thompson Street Port Jefferson, NY, 11777, 631-473-0022 Fax: 631-473-2903 firstname.lastname@example.org Hosted by Kat Lamberg
Yuyutsu Sharma Books on Amazon
Yuyutsu RD Sharma’s Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems
What can a poet do who has planted a foot in each of two worlds, when the earth gives way under one foot? Yuyutsu Sharma has taken up the tools of his craft and expertly begun the process of healing and rebuilding his homeland. In a series of touching outcries, observations, and laments, he bears witness to the ravages of the earthquake in Nepal. But more so, the poems he creates to restore his own balance, help us all understand the fragility of our human condition.
—Dr. David B. Axelrod, Volusia County, Florida, Poet Laureate
There are several things immediately noticeable in Yuyu Sharma’s very powerful Quaking Cantos. The poetic form is fairly unusual (the poems are jagged and rapid fire), and even when you bind the short lines tightly in couplets, this does not relieve the feel of sharp edges. There is a great deal of fractured enjambment, for example The earth/opened up/ her jaws… (from “Nipple”) to the point that the poems themselves seem broken. This is highly successful and effective given the very difficult subject matter. Yuyu’s approach to the challenge of form in the Cantos is that of a master. The anger and grief expressed from poem to poem (and even within poems) pop up very quickly then subside like an aftershock. The reader is then often left with some indelible image: a crying lamb, a grandmother who has just died, a baby searching for the sustenance of a mother’s breast. The poetic form certainly enhances this, but it is the images, which are so electric. These are wonderful, troubling, and moving poems. It must have drained Yuyu to the core to write of such catastrophe.
— Dr. David Austell, Columbia University, New York
“We cannot leave the reconstruction of the damage done by the earthquake to the conservators alone. Yuyutsu Sharma turns the devastation into vivid poetry to humanize the pain and revive the gracious dignified and loving spirit of the Nepali people in a moment of insurmountable grief, preserving the majestic and mystical ambiance of their ancient artifacts.”
—Eckhart Nickel, German novelist & Journalist,
Wasted rubble and cracked-open hearts. Homes, people, and animals destroyed. These rare, raw, and beautiful poems plead with gods and earth in the aftermath of the devastating earthquakes in Nepal. This must-read book creates an unbroken bridge to understanding the depths of this crisis.”
— Kathryn Kysar, author of Pretend the World and Dark Lake, chair of creative writing, Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Heartrending and poetic in convoking past and present souls to embrace the essence of spiritual virtue. Beautifully written, my tears fall for all…
—Penny Kline, Poet, Actor, Founding Artistic Director of Ovation Stage, Sacramento, CA
Yuyutsu Sharma’s soulfully written earthquake dispatches emanate poetically from the deepest core of the earth’s movement, in the shape and spirituality of the “cantos” of place, where at one time or another we all find ourselves: mirrored in lake and mountain reflections of space and history—pondering on life and loss, hearts “quaking” in the memories of grounded images, but seeking the path for transcendence. We find this transcendent hope in Yuyutsu’s poetic chronicles–beauteous images in words depicting the passage of time, culture, landscape, and spirit.
—Kathleen D. Gallagher Poet, Senior Lecturer of English at the University of Akron/Wayne College, author, I See Things are Falling, Editor, Eternal Snow: An Anthology of Poems
In their panoramic sweep, headlong rushing catalogues, visionary moments, their courage and compassion, numinous imagery, and beautiful music, Yuyutsu Sharma’ Quaking Cantos are worthy of comparison to “The Sleepers” of Whitman.
These poems will shake the attentive reader like the quakes they witness. In the dramatic immediacy of their confrontation with the cosmos and powers beyond comprehension or control—powers that seem to have gone utterly mad–they recreate the terror and terrible beauty of what Rudolf Otto has called “The Holy.
As one small example of the flood Sharma provides, consider the conclusion of “A Burning Sun”: in which for a moment a woman has left her baby kicking alone, outside playfully at the eye of heaven:
And it hit again,
the second time, right there,
burying her shoulder
deep under a pile
of mud and damp bricks,
leaving her son
bare and howling
in the bleeding eye
of the growling sun.
—Michael Graves, author of Outside St. Jude’s Adam and Cain, Illegal Border Crosser and In Fragility
Reading Yuyutsu´s poetry is to be there with him, at the edge of the abyss, and with tears stained eyes, sing to a new dawn.
—Gorka Lasa Poet, essayist, visual artist and editor. Panama
Quaking Cantos is a tribute to the resilience and tenacity of the mountain folk. The poet, who himself is a victim of the life threatening tremor, has captured the shattering experiences of nature’s wrath. He, who claimed that “I usually do not cry’, also cried when he found the thriving capital city turned into debris…
Reading Quaking Cantos is like reaching to an unknown island where people are left at the mercy of Nature’s wrath, where life and its charms hold no significance. What matters is the big ‘sunya’, and a reminder that there is nothing left on the “shelves of the grocery stores” and things have been “cleared out like meat on his bones
—Dr. Hemanta K Jha, Professor English Literature, Amity University, India
Nepal Earthquake Poems
BY Yuyutsu Sharma
Photographs by Prasant Shrestha
ISBN 9-788182-500815 Paper pp. 84 2016
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.
“These are wonderful, troubling, and moving poems,” discerns American poet and educationist, David B. Austell. “It must have drained Yuyu to the core to write of such catastrophe.” Yuyutsu sees his world shaking, lives dislodged, avalanches burying alpine villages, stupas cracking up, shrines shaking, “the Lord’s own body cracked into two lifeless boulders/ his mace, hid scepter, his lotus,/ his splintered quiver full of blunt arrows…” The poet also envisions the stench of the dead bodies and the corrupt polity emanating from the “reeking armpits of politicians” who find this an appropriate moment to make their personal fortunes. He celebrates the resilience and unassuming courage of civilians struggling to re-start normal lives, selling their meager merchandise in the rubble of old buildings without any morbid fear of the aftershocks. He also sees a child crawling on the chest of his dead mother looking for her nipple, and a quake survivor chained to a post in a cowshed in his own home. The poet sees the shrine of his family deity, Gorakathnath, also Nepal’s presiding deity after whom the Nepal nation was once named, cracking up like “a bud of a prophesy / or the fortune of an empire.”
To quote another American poet, David Axelrod, “Yuyutsu Sharma has taken up the tools of his craft and expertly begun the process of healing and rebuilding his homeland.” The poignant world of fright and faith seen in Yuyutsu’s poetry will not only leave the readers stunned, it will also ”help us all to understand the fragility of our human condition.”
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, Nine New York Poems: A Prelude to A Blizzard in my Bones, (2014), Milarepa’s Bones, 33 New Poems, (Nirala, New Delhi 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).
Yuyutsu also brought out a translation of Irish poet Cathal O’ Searcaigh poetry in Nepali in a bilingual collection entitled, Kathmandu: Poems, Selected and New (2006) and a translation of Hebrew poet Ronny Someck’s poetry in Nepali in a bilingual edition, Baghdad, February 1991 & Other Poems. He has translated and edited several anthologies of contemporary Nepali poetry in English and launched a literary movement, Kathya Kayakalpa (Content Metamorphosis) in Nepali poetry.
Two books of his poetry, Poemes de l’ Himalayas (L’Harmattan, Paris) and Poemas de Los Himalayas (Cosmopoeticia, Cordoba, Spain) just appeared in French and Spanish respectively.
Widely traveled author, he has read his works at several prestigious places including Poetry Café, London, Seamus Heaney Center for Poetry, Belfast, New York University, New York, The Kring, Amsterdam, P.E.N, Paris, Knox College, Illinois, Whittier College, California, Baruch College, New York, WB Yeats’ Center, Sligo, Gustav Stressemann Institute, Bonn, Rubin Museum, New York, Irish Writers’ Centre, Dublin, Columbia University, New York, The Guardian Newsroom, London, Trois Rivieres Poetry Festival, Quebec, Arnofini, Bristol, Borders, London, Slovenian Book Days, Ljubljana, Royal Society of Dramatic Arts, London, Gunter Grass House, Bremen, GTZ, Kathmandu, Nehru Center, London, March Hare, Newfoundland, Canada, Gannon University, Erie, Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt, Indian International Center, New Delhi, and Villa Serbelloni, Italy.
He has held workshop 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 and New York University, New York.
His works have appeared in Poetry Review, Chanrdrabhaga, Sodobnost, Amsterdam Weekly, Indian Literature, Irish Pages, Delo, Modern Poetry in Translation, Exiled Ink, Iton77, Little Magazine, The Telegraph, Indian Express and Asiaweek.
The Library of Congress has nominated his book of Nepali translations entitled Roaring Recitals; Five Nepali Poets as Best Book of the Year 2001 from Asia under the Program, A World of Books International Perspectives.
Yuyutsu’s own work has been translated into German, French, Italian, Slovenian, Hebrew, Spanish and Dutch. He just published his nonfiction, Annapurnas & Stains of Blood: Life, Travel and Writing a Page of Snow, (Nirala, 2010). He edits Pratik, A Magazine of Contemporary Writing and contributes literary columns to Nepal’s leading daily, The Himalayan Times.
He was at the Poetry Parnassus Festival organized to celebrate London Olympics 2012 where he represented Nepal and India. Yuyutsu will be a Visiting Poet at Columbia University, New York in the spring of 2016.
Half the year, he travels and reads all over the world to read from his works and conducts creative writing workshop at various universities in North America and Europe but goes trekking in the Himalayas when back home.
Fran Antmann is a distinguished American documentary photographer, writer, and teacher. Her photographic work has focused on the lives and culture of the indigenous people of Guatemala and Peru as well as the Dene people of the Western Canadian Arctic and the Inuit people of Baffin Island. She has a doctorate in Fine Arts from NYU and is a Guild member of Fotovisura.
Her work has been exhibited and published in New York, Texas, Peru, Mexico, France, England, and Denmark. Her photographs are in the collections of the International Center of Photography; the Brooklyn Museum; the Haverford College Collection; The Museum of Photographic Arts, Denmark, and various private collections.
She received grants from the Fulbright Commission, the Ford Foundation, Foundation, Agfa Corporation, the Social Science Research Council, the Puffin Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Foundation. She was awarded five New York State Foundation for the Arts fellowships in both Photography and Non-Fiction Literature. She teaches photography and photojournalism at Baruch College, CUNY and is faculty photo editor of the Journalism Department’s award winning online publication, Dollars and Sense.