In the News: ‘Eternal Snow’, an anthology reflecting Nepal and the Himalayas published

‘A 320-page poetry anthology, entitled, Eternal Snow, dedicated to the internationally renowned poet Yuyutsu Sharma has just been published. Subtitled as ‘A Worldwide Anthology of One Hundred Twenty-Five Poetic Intersections with Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma’ the book explores the interactions, collisions, and intersections of over 125 poets from four Continents with the Himalayan poet.

Edited by distinguished American litterateurs, David Austell of Columbia University, New York, and Kathleen D Gallagher, of University of Akron, Ohio, the mammoth anthology is “a testament to the power of words to inspire, encourage, and heal across vastly disparate cultures and distant places.”

Yuyutsu Sharma is a Himalayan poet whose works have gained a global recognition. This anthology, in particular, is a homage by poets who’ve interacted with Sharma during his legendary world tours. The poems reflect praise, appreciation, and gratitude to the mountain poet, Yuyutsu Sharma.

Not only poets, the book contains poems written after meeting or listening to Sharma’s Himalayan recitals by people from various walks of life including teachers, scientists, social workers, photographers, priests and Yoga teachers.

“When you first meet Himalayan poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma,” says, James Ragan, Professor Emeritus of English from the University of Southern California, “you are taken immediately by his quiet passion and reverence for the art and purpose of poetry, which, when taking the stage, he transforms into a voice that crosses continents and soars like the snow in wind that permeates “the solemn silence of sacred sounds” in his beloved Nepal. Through his intercession, poems become chants of eternality.”

Ragan adds, “He has sought the same in the poets represented in his anthology “Eternal Snow,” a hundred voices who, like him, give reverence to the power of words in translating truth through passion into a universal poetic of sacred sounds.”

In the Preface to the Anthology, Professor David Austell, opines, “Yuyu has touched the hearts and minds of a multitude of people and writers around the world, as evidenced in this wonderful book… It is my delight and honor to be among such a cloud of witnesses.”

“No matter where the poets live, from a small city to large, to countryside or village,” points out Kathleen Gallagher, editor of the Anthology, “Yuyutsu’s poetry and teachings transform writers from across the world, allowing them to reach into their own writing dreams and visions.

“Indeed, each poet no matter his or her walk in life, whether professional poet, performer, professor, minister, or word-loving hairstylist who scribbles down thoughts about her love for her dying mother,” Gallagher discerns, ”all have discovered his or her own creative awakenings when encountering Yuyutsu Sharma’s work. Yuyutsu’s work has far-reaching effects in personal transformation.”

In addition to scores of literary luminaries like David Ray, James Ragan, Ravi Shankar, Eileen O’Connor, Gorka Lasa, Pascale Petit, Elena Karina Byrne, Chuck Joy, Amarendra Khatua, Ruth Danon, Tim Tomlinson, Verónica Aranda, John Clarke, David Axelrod, Tony Barnstone, Art Good Times, Robin Metz, Barbara Novack, Hélène Cardona, Irene O’ Garden, Carolyn Wells, Diane Frank, Bill Wolak, ‘Eternal Snow’ is also special as it contains nearly a dozen Nepali poets including Bishwa Sigdel, Arun Budhathoki, Revegya Joshi, Shreejana Bhandari, Barun Bajracharya and Civa Bhusal.

At a local poetry gathering in Kathmandu when Nepali poet Arun Budhathoki last met Yuyutsu, he said, “With the publication of this book, I can finally pause and take a deep breath.” He added, “It’s humbling to know I have been able to speak to the world’s most sanguine voices during my decade long ramblings across the far flung continents. Not all poets have the fortune to get touched so meaningfully in their life time as I have. Now I finally can rest in peace.”

The book will be launched in New York at Yoga Sole, Brooklyn on Oct 21, 7:30 pm.

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Nirala’s most ambitious book, Eternal Snow, is finally out, available on Amazon

Eternal Snow is finally out, available on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/dp/8182500885

Eternal Snow: A Worldwide Anthology of  One Hundred Twenty Five Poetic Intersections with Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma

 Edited by David Austell & Kathleen D Gallagher

ISBN : 81-8250-088-5 2017 Paperback pp 309 plus  24 Photo pages

Eternal Snow is a testament to the power of words to inspire, encourage, and heal across vastly disparate cultures and distant places. Over one hundred and twenty-five poets from around the world come together in this anthology to explore their interactions, collisions, and intersections with Yuyutsu Sharma, renowned Himalayan poet, journalist, translator, and editor from Kathmandu, Nepal.The book is a clear example of the new world itinerancy of the modern poet, and the global efficacy of poetry, in that Yuyu’s world travels have touched the hearts and minds of thousands of people who have heard his readings around the world and read his words in print and on-line. Not all the contributors are professional poets. Eternal Snow also captures the poetic voices of a hairstylist, a photographer, a Yoga teacher, a priest, a nurse, and a social scientist. In these pages, a young poet in Kathmandu sees her late father in Yuyu’s face; a social worker conjures the Goddess of the Children while serving the Bhutanese refugees in California; a New York University professor ponders an Asian challenge: setting her house on fire to become a real poet. The results captured in these poems attest to the literary collisions which occur when global poets meet. Eternal Snow is a singular, remarkable, and moving work of art. Includes poetry by John Clarke David Ray James Ragan Ravi Shankar Eileen O’Connor Gorka Lasa Pascale Petit Elena Karina Byrne Chuck Joy Andrew Taylor Amarendra Khatua Ruth Danon Tim Tomlinson Verónica Aranda David Axelrod Tony Barnstone Art Good Times Robin Mets Barbara Novack Hélène Cardona Irene O’ Garden Carolyn Wells Diane Frank Bill Wolak and Others

CONTENTS

PREFACE/5
INTRODUCTION/9

POETRY

All the Way from Kathmandu
John Clarke / 23

It is so dark so I made me a torch
Tracie Morell / 25

Old Ways
Lori Ann Kusterbeck / 26

Oppositely Charged Ions
Ravi Shankar / 28

Annapurna’s Mercy
Eileen O’Connor / 30

Solar tear
Gorka Lasa / 31

Machapuchere (Fishtail Mountain)
Pascale Petit / 33

The Mountain man and Cold Fish
Chuck Joy / 35

Getting High
Lorraine Conlin / 36

Yuyutsu
Paul Nash &
Denise La Neve / 37

hello yuyutsu
Andrew Taylor / 38

for yuyutsu
Amarendra Khatua / 39

Ancestral Home
Meera Ekkanath Klein / 40

Three Poems
Sometime
Whose Lodge Is This in the Holy Sky?
Who We are
Eskimo Pie / 42

His Dark Eyes
Christi Shannon Kline / 45

From a Lotus Petal
Revigya Joshi / 48

Two Poems
Snow
After Tagore
David Ray / 50

Two Poems
Lake Erie: Daughter of Sorrows
Failure to Bloom
Kathleen D Gallagher/52

Two Poems
The Judgment of Innocents
Three Kathmandu Poems
David B. Austell/56

Parnassus to New York
Maria Heath Beckett / 63

Moving Everest
James Ragan / 70

Stateside
Renay Sanders / 72

Himalayas
Shawn Aveningo / 74

El Cartero Del Rey
The King’s Postman
Juan Carlos Abril / 76

Yak Brothers
Tim Kahl / 79

Ode to a Himalayan Poet
Dom Kafley / 81

Travel in Solo Class
Judy Ray / 83

Below the Tatra Mountains
Tera Vale Regan / 84

Four Poems
Canon for Bears and Ponderosa Pines
Letter To Scott From The Waterfall
Letter From A Secret Mountain Place
Last Night In The Himalayas
Diane Frank / 86

Of Yuyu
Lady K (Kathy Smith) / 92

In the Silence of the Snow
Karen Corinne Herceg / 93

Two Poems
Ushas
Namaste
Kate Lamberg / 94

O Holy Bagmati River
Penny Kline / 97

Burning on the Pyre
Sharon Metzler-Dow / 99

Tibetan Still Life, Pokhara, Nepal
M. L. Williams / 102

Two Poems
The Durbar of Nepal
Pinnacles
Robert Scotto / 104

Exile
Nicole Barriere / 107

Four Poems
To Yuyu
On the E train
After Yuyu
At Gray’s Papaya on Broadway
Anne Fritz / 108

Intersections
Irene O’Garden / 112

Vocation
Ruth Danon / 113

Three Poems
The Forehead of the sky
To slap my Face
A Dawn of Democracy
Mary E. Weems / 115

The little Lamp of Mine
Roopa Ramamoorthi / 117

The Summoner
Dan Szczesny  / 119

Seven Stanzas for Yuyutsu Sharma
Nancy Aidé Gonzalez / 121

The Circle
Nancy R Lange / 123

Four Poems
Easter Monday
Climb
Sleepers
Imperfect Human
Michael Graves / 126

Pilgrimage to Changu Narayan
Eugene Hyon / 130

Meeting Sharma
Marcus Bales / 132

Poems
Peter V. Dugan / 133

Beasts are awakening…
Aixia de Villanova / 134

Hey you there, in a Katmandu bookshop
Leah Taylor / 137

Man from the mountains
Cristina Querrer / 139

Two Poems
New Have you been to Tibet?
Incense
Bari Falese / 141

Two Poems
Vertigo
Travelmarvel
Agnes Marton / 144

Two Poems
Living in Silence
Outdoor Yoga Meditation Haiku
Patricia Carragon / 147

Long After
Dd. Spungin / 149

Ayer anochecía en Katmandú
Yesterday Dusk Was Falling in Kathmandu
Verónica Aranda / 151

This is Yuyutsu
Samantha Bear / 155

Great Divides
Darlene Costello / 158

Three Poems
City Gardener
Veiled
Yahrzeit
Mindy Kronenberg / 159

Yuyutsu in America
David Axelrod / 162

Two Poems
Beast in the Apartment
The Parable of the Burning
House
Tony Barnstone / 163

Dhaulagiri
Russ Green / 168

After Yuyu
Alessandra Francesca / 170

The Quataquatatankua
Nabina Das / 171

Sharma Charms
Ronnie Norpel / 176

Two Poems
This Time in Kathmandu
Bishnu’s (pie & chi)
Eddie Woods / 177

Two Poems
It Will Not Be Apparent from the Crazy Circus

From the Crazy Circus
Kim Nuzzo / 180

My Looks
Cliff Fyman / 182

One Rupee
Barun Bajracharya / 185

The Birth of Sagarmatha
Charles Peter Watson / 186

Want
Christopher Wheeling / 188

Voor Yuyutsu,
For Yuyutsu,
Merik van der Torren / 189

After Li Po
Art Good Times / 191

All That Falls
Robin Mets / 194

Landscape with Snow
Erica Mapp / 195

Yuyutsu Ram Dass Sharma
Bill Wolak / 197

Someday you will understand
Roxanne Hoffman / 200

Two Poems
Wishes
Your Smile
Civa Bhusal / 202

I’ll simply proceed
D. B. Meltzer / 204

Untitled Gypsy Poem
Cee Williams / 205

If you die one day
Bidur Prasad Chaulagain / 207

Namaste
Vicki Iorio / 208

What Matters
Barbara Novack / 210

Sherpa Wisdom
Mary Ryan Garcia / 211
Blue Panther Grey
Theresa Göttl Brightman / 214

A Steady Trundle of Footfalls
Steve Brightman / 216

The Dirt the Dirt
Jack Tar / 218

Upon Meeting Maya
Kymberly Avinasha Brown / 220

Namaste
Catherine Gigante-Brown / 221

Meeting Yuyutsu Sharma
Marion Palm / 223

Three Poems
My Mother Ceridwen
Peregrine Pantoum
Parallel Keys
Hélène Cardona / 225

Pre-Acid
André Baum / 229

I’m an “Open Mic Gypsy”
Phillip Giambri / 231

Kirat
Devin Wayne Davis / 235

Spice
Alex Symington / 237
A Poet of Higher Realms
Rajesh Siddharth / 238

Trust
Trust, Regained
Marisa Moks-Unger/ 240
Nepal
Lorraine Bouchard / 242

Your Tongue Discovers My Body
Shreejana Bhandari / 244

Song Of Livin For This
Don Carroll / 245

I gave Yuyu a Hug
Anthony Murphy / 247

Two Poems
Prayer By a Stream
This, To the Bear
Timothy Gager / 249

Pedi-Jealousy in the Court
John J. Trause / 251

The Snow In Nepal
Jack Locke / 253

On Everest
Anuj Ghimire / 254

The Friendship Key
Elaine Karas-Shadle / 255

Two Poems
Imagine a red circle here…
The Invisible Spirit Of Why
Elena Karina Byrne / 256

Two Poems
Forehead of the Sky
Gates of the Valley
Allegra Jostad Silberstein/ 259

Be the Sun that doesn’t burn
Gaurav Bhattarai / 261
Two Poems
Spiral Flight
Little Dish
Su Polo / 263

The Evening Lingers
Roger McClain / 265

The Belle on 8th
Ken Ruan / 266

Yuyutsu Sharma at Akron Night Murmurs
Jen Pezzo / 268

Cold Skin
Marcus Calvert / 269

Untitled
Thomas Jenney / 270

Our mother died on a Sunday
Judi Chabola / 271

Ebb Tide at Helambu
Bishwa Sigdel / 272

Prayer to Annapurna Devi Maa
Carolyn Wells/ 274

Four Poems
The Itinerary Poet
Meeting the Poet
If you wanna be Mad
My Guru
Arun Budhathoki / 275

Two Poems
How a Living Bird Became a Jewel
Our Lady Duse
Carol Hebald / 279

Two Poems
To the Goddess of the Children
Magnolia Home
Melissa Hobbs / 282

Morning, Buddha’s 2600th birthday
Jan Garden Castro/ 284

Four Poems
Fetuses, I & II
Looking For Mikey
Rush Hour Sonnet
I Go Down
Tim Tomlinson /285

One Early Morning
James Romano / 289

The Goddess in the Sky
Stood behind Him
Ernie Burns / 291

ETA
Swati Sharma / 293

The Editors of
Eternal Snow/ 297

The Poets of
the Eternal Snow/ 299

Much-awaited Eternal Snow: A Worldwide Anthology of One Hundred Twenty-Five Poetic Intersections with Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu Sharma ready for release in August

Eternal Snow: A Worldwide Anthology of  One Hundred Twenty Five Poetic Intersections with Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma

 Edited by David Austell & Kathleen D Gallagher

ISBN : 81-8250-088-5 2017 Paperback pp 309 plus  24 Photo pages

Eternal Snow is a testament to the power of words to inspire, encourage, and heal across vastly disparate cultures and distant places. Over one hundred and twenty-five poets from around the world come together in this anthology to explore their interactions, collisions, and intersections with Yuyutsu Sharma, renowned Himalayan poet, journalist, translator, and editor from Kathmandu, Nepal.The book is a clear example of the new world itinerancy of the modern poet, and the global efficacy of poetry, in that Yuyu’s world travels have touched the hearts and minds of thousands of people who have heard his readings around the world and read his words in print and on-line.

Not all the contributors are professional poets. Eternal Snow also captures the poetic voices of a hairstylist, a photographer, a Yoga teacher, a priest, a nurse, and a social scientist. In these pages, a young poet in Kathmandu sees her late father in Yuyu’s face; a social worker conjures the Goddess of the Children while serving the Bhutanese refugees in California; a New York University professor ponders an Asian challenge: setting her house on fire to become a real poet. The results captured in these poems attest to the literary collisions which occur when global poets meet.

Eternal Snow is a singular, remarkable, and moving work of art.

When you first meet Himalayan poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma, you are taken immediately by his quiet passion and reverence for the art and purpose of poetry, which, when taking the stage, he transforms into a voice that crosses continents and soars like the snow in wind that permeates “the solemn silence of sacred sounds” in his beloved Nepal. Through his intercession, poems become chants of eternality.  He has sought the same in the poets represented in his anthology “Eternal Snow,” a hundred voices who, like him, give reverence to the power of words in translating truth through passion into a universal poetic of sacred sounds.”

–James Ragan, Distinguished American Poet  & Author of Too Long a Solitude & The Hunger Wall among others

Yuyu has touched the hearts and minds of a multitude of people and writers around the world, as evidenced in this wonderful book, Eternal Snow…The poetry included in this volume speaks to the constant intersections with Yuyu Sharma, collisions of persons, spirits, literary visions, affect and effect, all of which have at their center this remarkable person and precious talent. It is my delight and honor to be among such a cloud of witnesses.–David Austell in Preface to Eternal Snow

No matter where the poets live, from a small city to large, to countryside or village, Yuyutsu’s poetry and teachings transform writers from across the world, allowing them to reach into their own writing dreams and visions. Indeed, each poet no matter his or her walk in life, whether professional poet, performer, professor, minister, or word-loving hairstylist who scribbles down thoughts about her love for her dying mother, all have discovered his or her own creative awakenings when encountering Yuyutsu Sharma’s work. Yuyutsu’s work has far-reaching effects in personal transformation.–Kathleen Gallagher in Introduction to Eternal Snow

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 CollegeColumbia 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 his third book of poetry, The Tin Man (regarding the life of St. Joseph of Arimathea), is forthcoming from Nirala Press in 2017.

 Kathleen D. Gallagher is a poet, writer, editor, graphic artist, and distinguished senior lecturer of English at the University of Akron/Wayne College.  She is an award-winning writer (Honorable Mention for the feature article, “Cutting Storm” (2007), and Honorable Mention for the essay, “Flying Objects” (2011) in Writer’s Digest competitions). Kathleen’s poetry has appeared in journals including the South Coast Poetry Journal: Issue #15 (Honorable Mention for the poem, “Focal Point,” judged by writer/poet James Dickey). In the graphic arts, her collage, “One Woman,” was chosen for the cover of Pushcart nominee Michelle Reale’s book, If All They Had Were Their Bodies (Burning River Press, 2011).  Kathleen was a finalist in the Writing Knights Press First Grand Tournament which resulted in her first poetry chapbook, I See Things are Falling. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in December 2012. In addition to her writing, poetry, and artwork, Kathleen has edited several books including Footpaths to Ancient Campsites in Copley Township, Ohio, by Robert Haag (2006); and Dialogue with a Christian Proselytizer, by Todd Allan Gates (2006).

The Poets of Eternal Snow:

John Clarke

Tracie Morell

Lori Ann Kusterbeck

David Ray

James Ragan

Ravi Shankar

Eileen O’Connor

Gorka Lasa

Pascale Petit

Elena Karina Byrne

Chuck Joy

Lorraine Conlin

Paul Nash &

Denise La Neve

Andrew Taylor

Amarendra Khatua

Meera Ekkanath Klein

Eskimo Pie

Christi Shannon Kline

Revigya Joshi

Kathleen D Gallagher

David Austell

Maria Heath Beckett

Renay Sanders

Shawn Aveningo

Juan Carlos Abril

Tim Kahl

Dom Kafley

Judy Ray

Tera Vale Regan

Diane Frank

Lady K (Kathy Smith)

Karen Corinne Herceg

Kate Lamberg

Penny Kline

Sharon Metzler-Dow

M. L. Williams

Robert Scotto

Nicole Barriere

Anne Fritz

Ruth Danon

Tim Tomlinson

Mary E. Weems

Roopa Ramamoorthi

Dan Szczesny

Nancy Aidé Gonzalez

Nancy R Lange

Michael Graves

Eugene Hyon

Marcus Bales

Peter V. Dugan

Aixia de Villanova

Leah Taylor

Cristina Querrer

Bari Falese

Agnes Marton

Patricia Carragon

Dd. Spungin

Verónica Aranda

Samantha Bear

Darlene Costello

Mindy Kronenberg

David Axelrod

Tony Barnstone

Russ Green

Alessandra Francesca

Nabina Das

Ronnie Norpel

Eddie Woods

Kim Nuzzo

Cliff Fyman

Barun Bajracharya

Shreejana Bhandari

Charles Peter Watson

Christopher Wheeling

Merik van der Torren

Art Good Times

Robin Mets

Erica Mapp

Bill Wolak

Roxanne Hoffman

Civa Bhusal

James Romano

D. B. Meltzer 

Cee Williams

Bidur Prasad Chaulagain

Vicki Iorio

Barbara Novack

\Mary Ryan Garcia

Theresa Göttl Brightman

Steve Brightman

Jack Tar

Kymberly Avinasha Brown

Catherine Gigante-Brown

Marion Palm

Hélène Cardona

André Baum

Phillip Giambri

Devin Wayne Davis

Alex Symington

Rajesh Siddharth

Marisa Moks-Unger

Lorraine  Bouchard

Don Carroll

Anthony Murphy

Timothy Gager

John J. Trause

Jack Locke
Anuj Ghimire

Elaine Karas-Shadle

Irene O’ Garden

Allegra Jostad Silberstein

Gaurav Bhattarai

Su Polo

Ernie Burns

Roger McClain

Ken Ruan

Jen Pezzo

Marcus Calvert

Thomas Jenney

Judi Chabola

Bishwa  Sigdel

Carolyn Wells

Arun Budhathoki

Carol Hebald

Melissa Hobbs

Jan Garden Castro

Swati Sharma



 

Yuyutsu Sharma: On the Last Leg of his Current Tour

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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 Columbia University and had several readings in New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida and California. He has just returned from Argentina where he had gone to participate in XI International Poetry Festival, Buenos Aires. 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.
Here is a list of some of his upcoming readings in New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
(Only Public readings are listed)

Quake

New York

Friday, July 8, 2016 at 7:00pm

Yuyutsu Sharma Reading with Ruth Danon and David Austell to read at Open Center New York to benefit victims of the Nepal Earthquake at New York Open Center
22 East 30th Street, New York, NY 10016 Phone (212) 219-2527
http://www.opencenter.org/

 

Pennsylvania and Ohio

Sunday, July 10, 2016, 6;30
Sunday Special with Yuyutsu Sharma  and David Austell  at Poets’ Hall- 16 W 10th Meeting Room 210, Erie, Pennsylvania 16507 Hosted by Cee Williams

Bliaard frontMonday July 11, 2016, 7 pm,

Yuyutsu Sharma to read with David Austell at Barberton Gallery of Fine Art
33 3rd St SE, # 103 Barberton, Akron, Ohio, (330) 328-7619, admission free, donations encouraged. Hosted by Thomas Jenney

Wednesday July 13, 2016, 7.00 to 9.00 pm
Yuyutsu Sharma with Elizabeth Onusko and David Austell at Mac’s Backs– Books on the Coventry, 1820 Coventry Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 Phone: (216) 321-2665
http://www.macsbacks.com/
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Yuyutsu Sharma, Ruth Danon and David Austell to read at Open Center New York

Friday, July 8, 2016, 7pm

Versions of Quest: Yuyutsu Sharma, Ruth Danon &  David Austel 

 reading to benefit victims of the Nepal Earthquake at New York Open Center 

22 East 30th Street, New York, NY 10016 Phone (212) 219-2527  

http://www.opencenter.org/

Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu Sharma will read his fresh poetry from his new book, Quaking Cantos Nepal Earthquake Poems along with American poets, David Austell and Ruth Danon.

 Austell will read from his new book, Garuda focused on the Hindu deity.  Danon will read from her just published book, Limitless Tiny Boats.

 The poets will pay tribute to the people of Nepal and read poetry to celebrate the people’s resilience and faith in life on this earth suffering from limitless human greed and senseless globalization.

2015.4.30.Poetry.Night-11 (2)Associate Provost and Director of the International Students and Scholars Office at Columbia University in New York City, David Austell is the author of Little Creek and Other Poems, containing the best of his work written over a decade, David often depicts memories of his childhood in the small American town where he was raised against the backdrop of the U.S. war in Vietnam and the Cold War Era. Currently, David is working on his third book, The Tin Man, focusing on the life of Saint Joseph of Arimathea. David is also fascinated by the planet Mars. He nevertheless makes his home in Harlem which is a very, very long way from the Tharsis Plain.

Ruth++5Ruth Danon is the author of the poetry collections, Limitless Tiny Boat, (BlazeVOX, October 17, 2015)  Living with the Fireman (Ziesing Brothers, 1981), and Triangulation from a Known Point (North Star Line, 1990), and a book of literary criticism, Work in the English Novel (Croom-Helm, 1985). New work is forthcoming i The Florida Review. Her poetry was selected by Robert Creeley for Best American Poetry, 2002, and her poetry and prose have appeared in NOON: The Journal of the Small Poem,VersalMead, BOMB, the Paris ReviewFence, the Boston Review3rd BedCrayon, and many other publications in the U.S. and abroad. She is a professor of creative and expository writing in the School of Professional Studies of New York University and founding Director of the SPS Summer Intensive Creative Writing Workshops.

Picture 074Recipient 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 Himalayan poet, journalist and translator. He has published nine poetry collections including, Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems, A Blizzard in My Bones: New York Poems, Milarepa’s Bones, 33 New PoemsNepal Trilogy, a 900-page book with renowned German photographer, Andreas Stimm, Space Cake, Amsterdam, & Other Poems from Europe and America and Annapurna Poems, Selected & New Poems.  Widely traveled author, Yuyu has read his works at several prestigious places and 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. Yuyutsu’s own work has been translated into German, French, Italian, Slovenian, Hebrew, Spanish and Dutch. 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, Yuyutsu is in New York as a Visiting Poet at Columbia 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

 

Yuyutsu Sharma’s upcoming readings

yuyu at Bridge
Sunday April 10th 7:30pm

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 info@portjefflibrary.org Hosted by Kat Lamberg

 

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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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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

AN EVENING WITH DAVID B. AUSTELL
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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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