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 TO READ AT RUBIN MUSEUM on June 1, 2016

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YUYUTSU SHARMA TO READ AT RUBIN MUSEUM:

HONORING NEPAL IN POETRY AND FILM
HIMALAYAN HERITAGE MEETUP

JUNE 1
6:00 – 8:30 PM

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.

Schedule

6:00-6:45 PM
Poetry reading with Yuyutsu Sharma in the exhibition Nepalese Seasons followed by a book signing

7:00-8:30 PM
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.

More: http://niralapublications.com/nirala-authors/yuyutsu-rd-sharma/

www.yuyutsu.de

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

The Rubin Museum of Art is dedicated to the collection, display, and preservation of the art and cultures of the Himalayas, India and neighboring regions, with a permanent collection focused particularly on Tibetan art. It is located at 150 West 17th Street between the Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City.
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Nirala to release Yuyutsu Sharma’s book on Nepal Earthquakes, “Quaking Cantos” in March

Quaking Cantos
Nepal Earthquake Poems
BY Yuyutsu Sharma
Photographs by Prasant Shrestha
ISBN 9-788182-500815 Paper pp. 84 2016

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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.”

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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.