Revised enlarged edition of David Austell’s Garuda & New Poems of Astral Planes released in Nirala Series

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Garuda & New Poems of Astral Planes

David B. Austell

ISBN 978-8182500785 2016   Hard  pp.76 Rs.495

From Garuda to Saluda (that is, from the Hindu man-bird deity to a tiny town in North Carolina), David Austell’s new collection explores recurring themes of masculine identities and human complexities with precision and grace. This poetic world is one of unerring attention to tight image and emotional nuance, with a sometimes terrifying undercurrent of recurrent meanings drawn from a wide range of cultural allusions, all shared by a guide whose capacious voice can contain both deep mysteries and no small dash of humor. Austell shows us the unforgettable feel of the club of young adolescent “He-men” on a quest for a secret stream; a southern woman looking back to the Dixieland of ambiguities of raced, gendered, and classed expectations; the dangerously aching erotics of the male gaze or the musical score. The final long poem “The Final Pitch on Olympus Mons” is an utter tour de force of baseball, poetics, science fiction, and a shiveringly unstable encounter with absolute Otherness. Not many volumes of poetry are real page-turners as well as perfect pitches: this one is.

-Dr. Meg Harper Glucksman Professor of Contemporary Writing in English University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland David B. Austell, Ph.D. is Associate Provost and Director of the International Students and Scholars Office at Columbia University in New York City. The Tin Man is David’s third published book of poetry.

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Your Kiss is a River by Carolyn Wells to be released in March

Your Kiss is a River
Poems of Love, Food and Life
 by Carolyn Wells
ISBN 9-788182-500778  Hard ISBN 9-788182-500761 2016 pp.56

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Carolyn Wells’s poetry evokes passion and takes in all the senses. Her stunning work entails virtual trips to Chianti country and the South of France, among other destinations, where she vividly describes the essence of place, nature, and exquisite foods. She finds subtlety in the most precious subjects.
Amy Barone, poet and author of Kamikaze Dance

Professional chef Carolyn Wells’s first collection of poems provides a shrewd and sensuous tasting menu of sweet, sour, and bracing servings from life. Spanning three decades and two continents, her poems use ingredients as diverse as childhood losses, youthful passions, Mediterranean languages, and adult decisions to create a deliciously tight, eclectic, and rich body of work. Now living in both Brooklyn, New York, and rural Pennsylvania, Ms. Wells infuses her work with a highly original celebration of nature and human passion.
Zev Shanken, poet and co-director, Thursdays Are For Poetry Center, Teaneck, New Jersey

With “garlic grown from my loins,” in a “tub of champagne grapes” on the “twisted streets of Toulon,” with “my tongue twisted in yours,” on the “back of a Vespa,” Carolyn Wells is a marvelous poet of food and fathers, sex and travel, all of the things worth writing and reading about.
Steve Zeitlin, Founder of City Lore in NYC

A master chef, Wells loads many of these delightful pieces with the joys of culinary experience as well as with other attractions for all the senses. Reading this book, one will learn a thing or two, but more importantly, one will learn to feel in whole new ways.
John Trause, author of Eye Candy for Andy and Inside Out, Upside Down, and Round and Round.

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Carolyn Wells holds a B.A. in French Literature from New York University. In 1983, she moved to France to study French cooking, and remained there for three years, working as a chef on luxury hotel barges. Upon returning to New York, she continued her culinary career as restaurant chef, private chef, and caterer. Currently, she is Executive Chef Manager at St. Bernard’s School in New York.

As a child, Carolyn loved to write poems, and was influenced by her father, an attorney who wrote poetry, much of it love poems dedicated to her mother. Her childhood was spent on a farm in Pennsylvania. She and her sisters rode horses and took care of the sheep, cats, dogs and other pets. Nostalgia for the freedom of farm life is a subject in some of her poems, as is the loss of her mother who died when Carolyn was eleven.

In her poetry, she attempts to recapture childhood joys and losses, and to celebrate the beauty of an outdoor life. In her spare time, she revisits that era by going to her cabin in the woods of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

She is a member of brevitas, and has contributed to Alimentum Journal.

Nirala to release American poet David Austell’s magnum opus, The Tin Man in March

The Tin Man
by David B. Austell
ISBN 9-788182-500792 2016 pp.320 Hard Demy
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The Tin Man,by distinguished American poet and educationist, David B. Austell, is a very moving homage to a little known but charismatic figure in the Christian biblical narratives, Saint Joseph of Arimathea.

Completed after five years of research and writing, The Tin Man is the poet’s magnum opus.Based on meticulous research in myriad source materials including archaeology, alchemy, religious texts, scrolls and murals, poetry and private writings, Austell conceives 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 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 the NobilisDecurio (Noble Decurion). Thereafter he becomes the Roman citizen, provincial Senator, and the legendary Roman superintendent of tin mining operations in the southwestern shires of England. In the final analysis, Austell writes of the life-changes that transform an arrogant and troubled man into a Christian saint, missionary, evangelist, and church leader.

The Tin Man is Joseph of Arimathea’s epic song. As the reader turns the pages, he will find a grand modern day classic which can be read as biography or eclectic rhapsody, either of which demonstrate a vital and visionary saga of great mystery and shared humanity.
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David Austell at Grolier Poetry Bookstore, Cambridge

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When:Thu, 28 May, 18:00 – 20:00
Where:Grolier Poetry Book Shop, 6 Plympton Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, United States (map)

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 has both 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). In 1992, he was a Fulbright grantee in Korea and Japan. David has twenty-five years of executive leadership experience in the field of International Education, and is a frequent speaker and writer on International Education issues. David is also a poet, and his 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 2014, Nirala reissued Little Creek in a revised paperback volume. His fourth book, The Tin Man, is expected from Nirala Press in January 2016. David’s poetry has also appeared in Infusion Magazine and The Red Wheel Barrow.
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Presentación del libro “POEMAS DE LOS HIMALAYAS” Del poeta Indio-Nepalés Yuyutsu Sharma


Presentación del libro
Del poeta Indio-Nepalés Yuyutsu Sharma
Sábado 25 de Abril – 1 pm
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Una de la voces más importantes de la poesía nepalesa y de mayor reconocimiento internacional.
Yuyutsu Sharma estará con nosotros y nos ofrecerá una lectura bilingüe (sus poemas acaban de ser traducidos
al español) junto a tres excelente poetas:
Samantha Wischnia,
Alejandro Chacón y
Evgueni Bezzubikoff
quienes leerán
poemas propios y célebres.

Ven a celebrar el MES DE LA POESíA con los propios poetas.

Ossining Public Library
53 Croton Ave, Ossining, NY 10562
(914) 941-2416

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Dangerous Words—Unexpected Destinations: Yuyu Sharma to read at Salem Athenaeum Library with Maria Bennett, Kristine Doll, Shreejana Sharma & Bill Wolak

Dangerous Words—Unexpected Destinations: Five Poets Read Their Work and Translations
March 26, 2015
WHEN: April 12, 2015 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
WHERE: Salem Athenaeum
337 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970 USA
COST: Free
CONTACT: Kristine Doll


Maria Bennett, Kristine Doll, Shreejana Sharma, Yuyutsu Sharma, and Bill Wolak will offer a Spring inventory of risky declamations on the themes of intimacy, loss, alienation, perishability, travel, and unexpected pleasures. Each of the poets will offer temptations, celebrations, and insights. In addition, these five poets will explore various destinations in the world of “the other” through their translations from around the globe, including brief stopovers in Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Persian, and Nepalese.

The afternoon will feature the distinguished Indian/Nepali poet Yuyutsu Sharma, who is currently on a tour of North and South America. Having just returned from Nicaragua, where he read his poetry in the streets of Managua with Ernesto Cardenal to an audience of thirty thousand people, Mr. Sharma will offer poems that evoke both the daunting primordial landscape of the Himalayas and the contemporary space cake of Amsterdam.

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Maria Bennett has published a book of poetry entitled Because You Love. Her poetry has appeared in California Quarterly, Timber Creek Review, Gargoyle, Southern California Review, River Poets Journal, Red Rock Review, Caveat Lector, The Mochila Review, Barbaric Yawp, Eclipse, Common Ground Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, The Pinch, Main Street Rag, Third Wednesday, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Illuminations, and Psychic Meatloaf. Recently she has published a translation of the works of the Italian poet Annelisa Addolorato with Bill Wolak entitled My Voice Seeks You: The Selected Poetry of Annelisa Addolorato, Cross-Cultural Communications, 2013. Ms. Bennett’s articles and reviews have appeared in The Daily News, Utne Reader, Epicurean, and other newspapers and magazines. Her critical work The Unfractioned Idiom: Hart Crane and Modernism was published by Peter Lang Press in 1987.

Kristine Doll is the author of the poetry collection Speak to Me Again (Feral Press, 2014). “My Friends” from this book was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry. She is also a translator of Catalan poetry, including her translations into English of Joan Alcover’s Elegies (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2004) and the poetry of the Catalan writer, August Bover. She is currently guest editor of The Seventh Quarry’s special edition of the translation into English of six of Catalonia’s contemporary poets. Doll’s translations and her own poetry have been published internationally in such venues as The Seventh Quarry, Cross-Cultural Communications Art & Poetry Series Broadsides, The Paterson Literary Review, Immagine & Poesia, Gargoyle and Voices Israel. She is Professor of World Languages and Cultures at Salem State University, Salem MA.

Shreejana Sharma is an emerging Nepali voice, who was born and raised in Kathmandu. She is particularly interested in Nepalese folk lore and legends. Widely travelled, she has conducted Nepali poetry translation workshops with Yuyutsu Sharma at Heidelberg University and has been instrumental in preserving the treasure of Nepali poetry in Nepalese circles. Currently she lives in Kathmandu, heads the White Lotus Book Shop, and is working on a manuscript of poems, entitled Papaji & Other Poems soon to be published in New Delhi.

Yuyutsu Sharma is the 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. He is a distinguished Indian/Nepali 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, 2012. Yuyutsu’s own work has been translated into German, French, Italian, Slovenian, Hebrew, Spanish and Dutch. Half the year, he travels all over the world to read from his works and conduct creative writing workshops at various universities in North America and Europe, and the other half he goes trekking in the Himalayas when he returns back home to Nepal. Currently, he is in New York as a Visiting Poet at New York University.

Bill Wolak is a poet who lives in New Jersey and teaches Creative Writing at William Paterson University. He has just published his thirteenth collection of poetry entitled Love Opens the Hands: New and Selected Love Poems with Nirala Press. 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 of Iraj Mirza, was published by Cross-Cultural Communications in 2014. 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.

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


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

Presenta: Gioconda Belli
Lugar: Feria del Libro

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Lugar: Plaza de la Independencia

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

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

Les Wicks ( Australia), Yuyutsu Sharma( Nepal-India), Beng Bert ( Suecia ), Héctor Avellán ( Nicaragua)

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, 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