New Release: Love Opens the Hands: New and Selected Poems by Bill Wolak

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Bill Wolak is a poet who lives in New Jersey and teaches Creative Writing at William Paterson University. He has just published his twelfth collection of poetry entitled The Lover’s Body. His poetry has appeared in over a hundred magazines. His most recent translation with Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, Love Me More Than the Others: Selected Poetry or Iraj Mirza, was published by Cross-Cultural Communications in 2014. His translations have appeared in such magazines as The Sufi Journal, Basalt, Visions International, World Poetry Journal, and Atlanta Review.

His critical work and interviews have appeared in Notre Dame Review, Persian Heritage Magazine, Gargoyle, Southern Humanities Review, The Paterson Literary Review, Ascent, Florida English, and Prime Numbers Magazine. Mr. Wolak has been awarded several National Endowment for the Humanities scholarships and two Fulbright-Hays scholarships to study and travel in India.

In 2007, he was selected to participate in a Friendship Delegation to Iran sponsored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation, America’s largest and oldest interfaith peace and justice organization. During the Summer of 2010, Mr. Wolak was awarded a Field Study Opportunity in China and Japan by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia. He was selected to be a featured poet at festivals in India four times: at the 2011 Kritya International Poetry Festival in Nagpur, at the 2013 Hyderabad Literary Festival, at the Tarjuma 2013: Festival of Translators in Ahmedabad, and most recently at the 2014 Hyderabad Literary Festival.

Ratna Kaji Shakya, whose art work appears throughout this book as well as on the front cover, is an artist working in watercolors and acrylics, who lives in Kathmandu, Nepal. In addition, he is the director of Light & Shade Art Gallery in Katmandu. Over the years, he has been awarded several prizes for his paintings, and his work appears in many private collections in Nepal as well as abroad in such countries as the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Norway, Turkey, Denmark, South Korea, Japan, India, Pakistan, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Holland, Ireland, Belgium, Argentina, China, Spain, Chile, Israel, Jordan, Scotland, and Bahrain. Ratna Kaji Shakya’s diverse experiments with oval forms has led him to a comprehensive theory of fine art which he has dubbed Ovalism. Through Ovalism, he undertakes to explain the omnipresent importance of the oval form in every aspect of existence.

Yuyutsu Sharma: Reading Schedule 2015

Yuyu at Oyster Bay Photo By Bill Wolak

Yuyutsu Sharma is South Asia’s leading poet published by Nirala with growing International acclaim. He is currently in New York City as a visiting poet at New York University and had several g readings in Nicaragua, New York, Boston and West Coast. Here is a list of some the immediate readings.
(Only Public readings are listed)

Nicaragua International Granada Poetry Festival,
Granada, Nicaragua, Feb 15 Feb-23, Feb

3.00 a 4.00 PM
PRESENTACIÓN DEL LIBRO “POEMAS DE LOS HIMALAYAS”DEL POETA
YUYUTSU RAM DASS SHARMA DE NEPAL/INDIA

Presenta: Gioconda Belli
Lugar: Feria del Libro

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LECTURA DE POESÍA
Lugar: Plaza de la Independencia
INAUGURACIÓN OFICIAL DEL XI FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE POESÍA DE GRANADA, NICARAGUA, EN HONOR AL POETA ENRIQUE FERNÁNDEZ MORALES, Y A LA MEMORIA DE LA POETA COSTARRICENSE EUNICE ODIO
PRESIDEN:

Primera Mesa:
Ernesto Cardenal ( Nicaragua), Luis Eduardo Aute ( España), Richard Blanco( EU) , Eduardo Chirino ( Perú), Marco Antonio Campos ( México), Eva Bourke ( Alemania), Walis Nokan ( Taiwán ), Yuyutsu Sharma ( Nepal/ India), Tugrul Tanyol ( Turquía)
2:00 a 6:00 PM
CARNAVAL POÉTICO
ENTIERRO DE “LA VIOLENCIA DEL TIEMPO Y LA VIOLENCIA CONTRA LA MUJER”
CORTEJO FÚNEBRE

Septima Esquina:
Victor Rodríguez (Cuba), Yuyutsu Sharma ( Nepal/India),Alfonso Fajardo ( El Salvador), Héctor Avellán ( Nicaragua) Juan Gavura ( Eslovaquia)
10:00 AM a 12:00 PM
Lectura de poesía en la ciudad de Managua:
Colegios: Pierre y Marie Curie, Doris María

COLEGIO PIERRE Y MARIE CURIE:
Les Wicks ( Australia), Yuyutsu Sharma( Nepal-India), Beng Bert ( Suecia ), Héctor Avellán ( Nicaragua)

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Long Island University, Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, with Charles Fisherman, Long Island University, Host: THE POETRY CENTER at LIU-Post at Steinberg Art Museum Hillwood Commons12:30-1:30 common hour. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsors include the LIU- Post Poetry Center and Poets & Writers, Inc., with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Friday, March 13, 6.00 pm, An Evening with Yuyu, at The Poets Hall,1140 E, Lake Rd, Erie, PA 16507

Friday, March 15, 3.00 pm, Poetry and Photography Workshop, followed by a reading at BGFA,33 3rd St. SE #103 Barberton Ohio 44203
Whittier College, California, Friday, March, 27, 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015, 6.00pm, Yuyutsu Sharma reading at Phoenix Poetry Series, with Bill Wolak and Carolyn Wells, Left Bank Books, NYC, 17 8th Ave (Between Bank and W 12th Streets), New York. Hosted by Mike Graves, (212) 924-5638 leftbankbooksny@yahoo.com, open reading follows…

, March 26, 2015 – 7:00pm, Whittier Collge, Guest Readings: Yuyutsu Sharma and Vandana Khanna at Wardman Library (7031 Founders Hill Rd., Whittier CA 90602, tel. 562-907-4247) Free and open to the public.

Sunday, March 29, 3:pm: Yuyutsu Sharma reading at Mosaic of Voices, with Tim Kahl, Rhony Bhopla, Nancy Aide Gonzalez & Penny Kline at Avid Reader at Tower, 1600, Broadway, Sacramento, Ca. 95818

Friday, April 10, 2015 Yuyutsu Sharma at The Grolier Book Shop, Cambridge, Introduced by William Wolak, The Grolier Book Shop, 6 Plympton Street, Cambridge,

Thursday, April 16, Yuyutsu Sharma reading with Sharon Dolin at New York University, Office of Global Studies in collaboration with NYU-SPS, Details Follow

April 30, Yuyutsu Sharma reading with Christian Wiman at Columbia University, Columbia-ISSO, Columbia Global Poets Series: A poetry reading in collaboration with International House-New York City, and the Columbia School of General Studies. Details Follow

Meet Distinguished American poet David Austell in Kathmandu

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Meet the Distinguished American Poet
David Austell
Austell  will read from his books,  Little Creek. & Other Poems and Garuda & Other Poems of Astral Plains and his forthcoming ambitious book, The Tin Man based on the enigmatic biblical character of St. Joseph of Armathea.

Nirdoshharuko Nyay, a volume of Austell’s poetry translated into Nepali by Yuyutsu Sharma will be launched.

Some noted Nepalese Poets will also read.

Date: 7 November, 2014, Friday
Time : 3 pm
Venue: Nepal Bar Association Hall,
Ram Shah Path,
Next to Supreme Court, Kathmandu

Organized by
White Lotus Book Shop,
Kupondole, Lalitpur, Kathmandu
RSVP: 5520248, 9803171925

About David Austell
Raised in Concord, North Carolina (United States), and educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, David Austell studied English Literature at the bachelors and masters levels at UNC where he also completed his Ph.D. in Higher Education, focusing on International Education (his dissertation, The Birds in the Rich Forest, having focused on Chinese students in the United States).
The love of poetry grows from deep roots, and in David’s case from his parents: his mother who sent poetry, sacred and secular, to him all through college with her letters, and his father who read Shakespeare and Coleridge to him as a child.
David’s first book of poetry, Little Creek, was published in January 2011 by Nirala Press. His second volume, Garuda (also published by Nirala), was released in March 2012. In 2013, Nirala reissued Little Creek in a revised paperback volume. His fourth book, The Tin Man, is expected from Nirala Press in January 2015.
Dr. David B. Austell is the Associate Provost and Director of the International Students and Scholars Office at Columbia University in New York City. David was previously the Assistant Vice President and Director of the Office of Global Services at New York University in New York City for seven years, where he was also an Associate Professor of International Education in the NYU Steinhardt School (adjunct).
David is also a musician, and he lives in Brooklyn, with his college sweetheart, Amanda. The Austell’s have two daughters.

The Rubin Talks: Himalayan Poet in NYC, Reading by Yuyutsu Sharma

Himalayan Poet in NYC
Reading by Yuyutsu Sharma

Friday April 18, 2014 @ 6:15 PM
Poetry Reading in Galleries
150 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011
212.620.5000
http://www.rubinmuseum.org/events/load/2612

FREE EVENT
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Internationally renowned Himalayan poet, Yuyutsu Sharma gives a reading in the galleries from his books Milarepa’s Bones, Annapurna Poems and Nepal Trilogy and launches his new book, Nine New York Poems, A Prelude to A Blizzard in My Bones: New York.

Over the last couple of years, Yuyutsu Sharma has been working on his new book about New York City. After traveling the world, he has seen an amazing connection between the Himalayas and NYC, ‘these two highest places in the world’ and celebrates their grit and glory in his new book Nine New York Poems, A Prelude to A Blizzard in My Bones: New York Poems.

Poet and Professor from NYU, David Austell will introduce Yuyutsu’s creative world and his remarkable journeys across the continent. The gallery reading will be followed by a Q&A with the audience and a book signing in the Spiral Lobby
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About the Speakers

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, 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 2013) 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.
Currently, Yuyutsu is in New York as a Visiting Poet at New York University. For half the year, he travels and reads all over the world from his works and conducts creative writing workshops at various universities in North America and Europe. When back home, he goes trekking in the Himalayas.

David B. Austell is Assistant Vice President and Director of the Office of Global Services at New York University in New York City, where he is also an Associate Professor of International Education in the NYU Steinhardt School (adjunct). 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. In 1992, David was a Fulbright grantee in Japan and Korea. The love of poetry grows from deep roots, and in David’s case from his parents: his mother who sent poetry, sacred and secular, to him all through college with her letters, and his father who read Shakespeare and Coleridge to him as a child.

Now on View

Bodies in Balance:
The Art of Tibetan Medicine

On view through September 8, 2014
Tibet
Bodies in Balance is a comprehensive look at the ancient and evolving tradition of Tibetan medicine. The art and ideas presented in the galleries are complemented by Museum-wide experiences, including a diverse line-up of programs. Whether you join us for a yoga session, a foodie field trip to Jackson Heights, or interactive workshops with Tibetan doctors, we hope to see you often. Read more
The Rubin Museum of Art

150 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011
212.620.5000
http://www.rubinmuseum.org/

Yuyutsu Sharma’s NYU Reading with American Poet, Kevin Prufer!

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Yuyutsu Sharma’s NYU Reading with American Poet, Kevin Prufer!

KEVIN PRUFER (United States) is the author of six books of poetry, the most recent of which include Churches (Four Way Books, 2014); In a Beautiful Country (Four Way Books, 2011); and National Anthem (Four Way Books, 2008). Kevin is also the editor of numerous volumes, including New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008) and the forthcoming Into English (Graywolf, 2016). He is the recipient of multiple Pushcart prizes, Best American Poetry selections, and awards from the Poetry Society of America, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets. Kevin is Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Houston, where he also co-directs the Unsung Masters Series, and is the Editor-at-Large of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing.

YUYUTSU RAM DASS SHARMA (Nepal) is a Himalayan poet, translator, and journalist from Kathmandu. Born in the Punjab at Nakodar, India, Yuyu is the author of ten books of poetry, the most recent of which include Nine New York Poems (Nirala, 2014); Milarepa’s Bones (Nirala, 2012); and Space Cake, Amsterdam (Howling Dog Press, 2009; Nirala reprint, 2014). Yuyu has also translated and edited several anthologies of contemporary Nepali poetry in English, and recently authored a Nepali bilingual translation of Hebrew poet Ronny Someck’s Baghdad, February 1991. At the center of the Nepali literary movement, Kathya Kayakalpa (Content Metamorphosis), he has received key writing fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Ireland Literature Exchange. Yuyu represented Nepal and India at the Poetry Parnassus Festival in London as a part of the 2012 Summer Olympics. A widely-traveled and distinguished public figure and journalist, Yuyu writes for The Himalayan Times, Nepal’s leading newspaper. He also currently serves as editor of Pratik, A Magazine of Contemporary Writing.

The Global Poets Series 2014 is Co-Sponsored by the Office of Global Services and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University.

Yuyutsu Sharma to read with David Austell at the Rubin Museum

Friday, Feb 7, 2014, 6:00-8:30 pm, Yuyutsu Sharma and David Austell, guests of the Rubin Museum of Art’s Himalayan Heritage Meetup Group, Theme: Love Poetry of the 6th Dalai Lama, Hosted by Tashi Chodron, Rubin Museum, 150 W 17th St, New York, www.rmanyc.org. Phone: (212) 620-5000. Free and open to public.
Meet in the Museum’s café at 6:00 pm.

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We are excited to invite you to the next session of the Himalayan Heritage Meet up group on Friday, February 7, from 6-8:30PM. This month, in honor of Valentine’s Day, we are inspired by the love poetry of the famous 6th Dalai Lama. Tsangyang Gyatso! We will meet in the Museum’s Serai Café at 6PM, then head to the galleries where we will explore some images and listen to poetry written by this unusual figure with our host, Tashi Chodron.

This month, we have the great opportunity to welcome two distinguished guest poets, Yuyutsu Sharma and David Austell from NYU. After our gallery experience, we will move to our Education Center where Yuyutsu Sharma will read from his book, Milarepa’s Bones, Helambu: 33 New Poems and David Austell will read from his new book. Garuda and Other Poems of Astral Plains accompanied by music and images. Afterwards we will all learn the melody to one of the 6th Dalai Lama’s renowned poems and socialize with some Valentine’s Day themed refreshments.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Date: Friday, February 7
Time: Meet in museum Café at 6:00. We move to the education Center at 6:45.

YUYU-DAVID

David B. Austell
David B. Austell is Assistant Vice President and Director of the Office of Global Services at New York University in New York City, where he is also an Associate Professor of International Education in the NYU Steinhardt School (adjunct). 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. In 1992, David was a Fulbright grantee in Japan and Korea. The love of poetry grows from deep roots, and in David’s case from his parents: his mother who sent poetry, sacred and secular, to him all through college with her letters, and his father who read Shakespeare and Coleridge to him as a child.

Yuyutsu RD Sharma
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, 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 2013) 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.

More about the poets can be had at www.niralapublications.com

ACCLAIMED POET YUYUTSU RD SHARMA PERFORMS AT Central Connecticut State University, ON 2/5

ACCLAIMED NEPALESE/INDIAN POET YUYUTSU RD SHARMA PERFORMS AT CCSU ON 2/5

Reads in Marcus White Living Room on the campus
of Central Connecticut State University, 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT 06050
at 3 PM on Wednesday, Feb. 5th. Free and open to the public.

Yuyutsu Sharma, Nyc
Yuyutsu RD Sharma 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, 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, 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 recent 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. Currently, he is in New York as a Visiting Poet at New York University. 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.

More: www.yuyutsu.de, www.niralapublications.com

Please contact Ravi Shankar [ShankarR@ccsu.edu]; 860-832-2766 with questions.

Announcing Paperback edition of David Austell’s Little Creek & Other Poems

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Little Creek & Other Poems
David Austell
ISBN ISBN-81-8250-054-0 2014 Paper pp. 128 Rs.295

David B. Austell is Assistant Vice President and Director of the Office of Global Services at New York University in New York City, where he is also an Associate Professor of International Education in the NYU Steinhardt School (adjunct). 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. In 1992, David was a Fulbright grantee in Japan and Korea. The love of poetry grows from deep roots, and in David’s case from his parents: his mother who sent poetry, sacred and secular, to him all through college with her letters, and his father who read Shakespeare and Coleridge to him as a child.