An Evening with the Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu Sharma in Berkeley



Thursday, June 30, 2016   7:00 – 9:30 PM

at the Himalayan Flavors Restaurant

1585 University Avenue (corner California)

Berkeley California 94703

Currently on his West coast tour, Yuyutsu Sharma  will read from his most recent book, Quaking Cantos and A Blizzard in my Bones: New York Poems . 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. Currently Visiting Poet at Columbia University, New York and he has just returned from Argentina where he was participating in XI International Poetry Festival, Buenos Aires as a Special Guest. More or


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.”

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A Blizzard in my Bones: New York Poems constitute Sharma’s reflections on what it means for a Himalayan poet to transform to a new creation….a New Yorker! Himalayan culture collides with cultures of New York City as he celebrates a shared vision of humanity forged in a metropolis and in the mountains of home.

Himalayan Flavors Restaurant Features authentic cuisine of the greater Himalayan regions Please 7:00 – 8:00 PM Dinner and socializing 8:00 – 9:30 PM Reading, book-signing, more socializing

PLEASE NOTE:  Free parking available in restaurant lot and street parking after 7 PM.  Or BART to Downtown Berkeley, and walk or take 51B bus to California St. The restaurant is wheelchair accessible.

Please RSVP to Estelle Schneider at so we can give the restaurant an estimate




Evoking the Himalayas: A Reading In Berkeley by Yuyutsu Sharma

Evoking the Himalayas
 Yuyutsu Sharma

Jan19, 2013, 6:30 pm,
La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705 – 510.849.2568
Enjoy delicious food and sangrias from the La Peña restaurant, Cafe Valparaiso (, while hearing Yuyutsu read!
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The internationally renowned Himalayan poet and environmental activist, Yuyutsu Sharma, currently on the last leg of his US tour, shall evoke the spirit of high gods and discuss the ongoing ecological crisis prevalent in Nepal Himalayas. Due to current political chaos and senseless modernization, the region has turned into the world’s highest dumping ground, ‘God’s colossal Grave’. The poet shall read from his recent book, Milarepa’s Bones, Helambu and Nepal Trilogy, a 900 page book that he has authored with distinguished German photographer, Andreas Stimm. A rare opportunity to know and interact with “the poet from the top of the world.”
The reading will be followed by a brief Q&A .
Suggested Donation, $10 – $20 but pay what you can, no one turned away for lack of funds. Time:  Doors open at 6, reading at 6:30.
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 (, Epsilonmedia, Karlsruhe, 2010), a 900-page book with German photographer, Andreas Stimm, Space Cake, Amsterdam, & Other Poems from Europe and America, (2009), and recently a translation of Hebrew poet Ronny Someck’s poetry in Nepali in a bilingual collection, 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.
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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, 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, Words without Borders, Exiled Ink, Iton77, Little Magazine, The Telegraph, Indian Express and Asiaweek.
Born at Nakodar, Punjab and educated at Baring Union Christian College, Batala and later at Rajasthan University, Jaipur, Yuyutsu remained active in the literary circles of Rajasthan and acted in plays by Shakespeare, Bertolt Brecht, Harold Pinter, and Edward Albee. Later he taught at various campuses of Punjab University, and Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu.
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.
Visiting Poet this fall at New York University, early this year, he participated as Guest Poet at the Poetry Parnassus Festival organized to celebrate London Olympics 2012. 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.