I’m very excited to announce that I will be conducting a poetry workshop on 28th September in Ziro (Arunachal Pradesh) at their inaugural Literary Festival, timed to coincide with the famous Ziro Music Festival. Looking forward to the mountains, paddy fields, and students! :)
My second collection of poetry, A Kind of Freedom Song, contains poems in the voices of many different women, including several mythological women. Its most recent draft also expanded to include drawings and doodles around some of the book's themes. You can read a few of the poems on Schlosspost, the online magazine of the Akademie Schloss Solitude (where I have been a fellow since January 2017) at this link.
The collection is being published by Yoda Press and will be out later this year.
I will be reading from new work at the Chandigarh Literature Festival this weekend. My reading is in the poetry panel on 12th evening, but there's such an amazing line-up of authors in general. If you're in the vicinity, you should come :) Here is the full schedule
I am super excited to be co-facilitating this writing, pottery, and yoga workshop, set in the midst of apple and cherry orchards in Himachal, from 28 September – 2 October 2017. Forest walks, gorgeous views, and farm fresh organic food are all on the agenda. We will balance our long weekend in the mountains between writing sessions, yoga classes, pottery workshops, hikes, picnics, and delicious farm-grown meals.
|Typically, we will begin the day with a yoga class, read, discuss writing craft, and read to each other for 2-3 hours in the late mornings, then come back together in the evenings to write some more. October is one of the most beautiful times of the year to be at Shilaroo, with perfect weather and gorgeous views of the Churdhar range, so we kept one day for taking you into the forest (hiking or by jeep, whichever you prefer) and writing in response to nature. The remaining afternoons will be open for you to spend how you choose between pottery classes, walks in the forest nearby, farm-work, or simply relaxed day-dreaming.
To read more, or to register, click here
Brown Paper Bag thinks I'm "cool people". For this honor, I will forgive them little slip-ups, but just for the record, I do not live in Green Park, my dog is not white, and I fell in love with Delhi years ago, well before I met Akhil or roamed these streets with him!
It's still a fun little read, and a sneak peak into my life as a potter-poet. Here you go!
As many of you may know, I have a couple of illnesses that have been part of how I move through the world for decades, and I finally got around to writing coherently about them for the Hindu Business Line. This is a long read, but in some very real ways, I have been writing this essay for years, and this is the best I could do by way of succinct! It's one of the scariest pieces of writing I have put out there so far, but it is also incredibly gratifying to finally have been able to articulate how these different threads of my mind, heart, and my body come together.
Do have a read here
I wrote an article for Teacher Plus a while ago about Tasawwur and about how the arts can foster empathy... then I forgot all about it! When it showed up in my mailbox today, I remembered I should share it with you all
Here you go!
This just showed up in my inbox: "Dear Ms. Rao: We are pleased to inform you herewith officially that you have been chosen for a six months fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude by our juror for international literature, Ms Ahdaf Soueif. The fellowship includes a furnished studio apartment free of charge, a monthly grant, round-trip travel expenses, material costs and project funding."
In other words, I just received an offer to spend six months of next year writing and living and daydreaming at a wonderful artist residency located on the grounds of an eighteenth century Baroque style castle in Germany. Very excited to see what kind of writing and being comes out of this incredible opportunity, and very grateful to everyone involved in this selection process
More on the residency here