Evening of South Asian-American Poetry

With Athena Kashyap, Tanuja Mehrotra Wakefield, and journalist Geeta Anand
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author photoCome celebrate the final day of National Poetry Month by attending our program devoted to prominent South Asian-American authors. The program begins with poet Tanuja Mehrotra Wakefield reading from her new book, Undersong. Next, the featured poet, Athena Kashyap, will read from her books, Crossing Black Waters and Sita’s Choice.

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and author Geeta Anand will facilitate the second half of the program. Anand will engage Kashyap in a conversation about poetry, women’s issues in India, and other matters addressed in Kashyap’s books. A short Q & A with the public will conclude the program.

Athena Kashyap is a San Francisco poet whose poems explore borders, both physical and psychological, and women’s issues. She is the author of the acclaimed Crossing Black Waters (2012) and Sita’s Choice (2018).

Tanuja Mehrotra Wakefield holds an MA in English from Tulane University and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. From 2015 to 2018 she served as the poet laureate of Belmont, California. She is the author of Undersong (2019).

Geeta Anand is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and writer for the Wall Street Journal. She writes about health care, education, and environmental challenges in India. She is the author of The Cure: How a Father Raised $100 Million-and Bucked the Medical Establishment-in a Quest to Save His Children (2009).

National Poetry Month Events at the Main Library:

Poetry in Song Concert. April 2, 6 pm, Latino Hispanic Room. Singers perform art-song arrangements of poetry from around the world.

World Literature Book Club: Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters. April 4, 6 pm, Paley Room—3rd Floor.

Celebrating Maya Angelou. April 9, 6 pm, Latino Hispanic Room. SF’s Poet Laureate Kim Shuck hosts a program devoted to the iconic poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.

Poets on Film: Rita Dove & Billy Collins. April 11, 3 pm, Latino Hispanic Room.

Poem Jam. April 11, 6 pm, Latino Hispanic Room. Poetry reading with SF Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, the Lowell Poetry Club, and special guests.

Open Mic Poetry. April 19, 2 pm, Talking Books and Braille Center. Call 415-557-4253 to sign up.

Forum Magazine Celebrates National Poetry Month. April 24, 5:30 pm, Latino Hispanic Rm.

Tongo Eisen-Martin: The Price of the Ticket. April 25, 6 pm, Koret Auditorium. Poet Tongo Eisen-Martin and Friends.

Poet Rozalie Hirs: Work in Stuttering. April 27, 12 pm, Latino Hispanic Room. Netherlands-based poet and composer Rozalie Hirs presents on poetry and the creative process.

Evening of South Asian-American Poetry. April 30, 5:30 pm, Latino Hispanic Room. With Athena Kashyap, Tanuja Mehrotra Wakefield, and Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Geeta Anand.

This is a Reading, Writing & Poetry program from SFPL. We love reading/sharing/creating words.

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