Early in November, I did a reading at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop as part of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective and its annual literary festival, which this year was called Electric Ladyland. It was a ton of fun—the first time I’ve read from the novel here in New York. T-minus four months to publication! Thanks to Preston Merchant for the photo. Ashok Vyas of iTV was also kind enough to send me a DVD of his program on literature, “Shabd Star,” which broadcast interviews and segments of the festival. I’ll be on the lookout to see if it gets re-aired.
Reading at the SAWCC Litfest prompted me to remember one of the first times I read for an audience outside a school. We were at Prairie Lights, the great bookstore in Iowa City, about four years ago, and I read from a short story that I was working on. It was actually the first story I ever “put up” for workshop at the Workshop. I recently returned to revising it. If you’re interested in hearing the early version, take a listen here—Iowa archived it! Two writers from the International Writing Program at Iowa read at the same event.
Happy and safe holidays, all.