New Book Coming Soon!

My news of the month: my second collection of poems, A Kind Of Freedom Song, which is being published by Yoda Press, will make its way into the big wide world this March. 

Launch date and venue announcements coming soon— in the meantime, you can just admire this gorgeousest of covers! So privileged to have Jericha Senyak’s art adorning my book yet again (how will I ever find another cover artist after having been so spoiled for my first two books?!), turned into a somehow even more perfect version of itself by Sukruti Anah Staneley’s cover design. I may be biased, but I honestly can stare at this image for hours 🙂

Cover image of A Kind of Freedom Song

"My Home is a Demon-Goddess" published in The Ken

In what has been the most enjoyable writing assignment I have done in a long time, The Ken sent me to my childhood home near Manali and asked me to write a story for them as part of their “Going Home” Series. I surprised myself with what I wrote about and how much I had to say— do have a read :)

PS: you will have to create an account with them for it. This story isn’t behind a Paywall, but many of their stories are, so the free account is still needed. Is it too much for me to say “do it anyway, it will be worth it”? 

Here it is.

Persona Poems from "A Kind of Freedom Song"

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. 

Pots and Pens: Writing, Pottery, and Yoga Retreat in the Himalayas

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


A Feminist Guide to Illness

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

Exercising the Empathic Muscle -- Artfully

"We will only “get” others emotionally to the degree that we become comfortable with emotion itself, something that our classrooms in general do not prepare us for. As art teachers, we must create spaces safe enough for students to express all of themselves, including their most vulnerable stories and feelings... In that mix of information and experience, feeling and body, context and care, a new possibility of empathy is born."

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!