Join us for readings by Shankar Narayan, Doyali Islam, and Azura Tyabji!
Shankar Narayan explores identity, power, mythology, and technology in a world where the body is flung across borders yet possesses unrivaled power to transcend them. Shankar is a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, winner of the 2017 Flyway Sweet Corn Poetry Prize, and has been a fellow at Kundiman; Jack Straw, and Hugo House. He is a 4Culture grant recipient for Claiming Space, a project to lift the voices of writers of color, and his chapbook, Postcards From the New World, won the Paper Nautilus Debut Series chapbook prize. Shankar draws strength from his global upbringing and from his work as a civil rights attorney for the ACLU. In Seattle, he awakens to the wonders of Cascadia every day, but his heart yearns east to his other hometown, Delhi. Connect with him at shankarnarayan.net.
Doyali Islam‘s second poetry book is heft (Penguin Random House Canada, 2019) – a lyrical and formally-innovative collection that the poet describes as a “ledger of tenderness, survival, and risk.” Poems from heft have been published in Kenyon Review Online and Best Canadian Poetry, and have won several national contests and prizes. You can find out more about Doyali and her work through CBC Radio interviews for The Sunday Edition (2017) and The Next Chapter (Spring 2019 broadcast date to come). You can also learn about her life and poetics through Anne Michaels’s interview of her in CV2 magazine (Spring 2019) and through her conversation with Forrest Gander in The Adroit Journal (Issue 27). Doyali serves as the poetry editor of Arc Poetry Magazine and lives in Toronto. www.doyali-islam.com @doyali_is
Azura Tyabji writes from the perspective of a young woman of Black and Indian descent. She was the 2018-19 Seattle Youth Poet Laureate and currently serves as the National Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador for the West region of the United States. Motivated by a love for community, justice, and healing, Azura strives commanding attention to injustice and invoking a future without it. Her debut poetry collection, Stepwell, was released in May by Poetry Northwest.