At Home with Literati: Zilka Joseph w/ Nawaaz Ahmed & Nancy Naomi Carlson

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 7:00pm

We're pleased to welcome Zilka Joseph to our At Home with Literati Series in support of In Our Beautiful Bones. She'll be joined by readers Nawaaz Ahmed and Nancy Naomi Carlson.

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About the book: In Our Beautiful Bones traces various stages in the poet's journey as an immigrant from India who makes a new life in the US, and her encounters with racism and otherness. In it she explores her Bene Israel roots and ancestors, her life in Kolkata, the influences of British rule and a missionary education, her growing knowledge of what racism and marginalization means, how Indians and Indian culture is perceived and represented. While delving unflinchingly into the violence and global impact of colonialism, the weaponization of the English Language, the evils of tyranny and White Supremacy, and the struggles of oppressed peoples everywhere, she creates powerful collages from mythology, folklore, fairy tales, Scripture, world history and culture, literature, music, food, and current events. Traditional and experimental forms, sensory riches, wit and wordplay, and an unwavering and clear voice make this book a compelling read.

These poems expose prejudice on an international as well as a personal level, and lead the reader to face harsh truths--insults, insensitivity, injustice, ignorance, discrimination, subtle and deliberate aggressions that immigrants, people of color, and the oppressed face daily, and wrestles with her own complex emotions, the current threats to Democracy both in the US--her adopted home, and her native India, her love for both countries. In Our Beautiful Bones is a multi-layered, sharply ironic and sometimes pathos-filled critique of the world, and at the same time it is visionary and a triumph of the human spirit.

Zilka Joseph's work has appeared in Poetry, Poetry Daily, Kenyon Review Online, Michigan Quarterly Review, Asia Literary Review, and in RESPECT: An Anthology of Detroit Music Poetry, 101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium, and The Kali Project. Her poems and chapbooks have been nominated for the Pushcart, PEN America, and Best of the Net prizes. Sharp Blue Search of Flame, her first full-length book of poems, was a Foreword INDIES Book Award finalist. In Our Beautiful Bones, her new book, has been nominated for several awards. Her work has been influenced by Eastern and Western cultures and her Indian and Bene Israel roots. She teaches creative writing workshops in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is an editor, manuscript coach, and a mentor to writers in her community.

Nawaaz Ahmed was born in Tamil Nadu, India. Before turning to writing, he was a computer scientist, researching search algorithms for Yahoo. He holds an MFA from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and is the winner of several Hopwood Awards. He is the recipient of residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, Djerassi, and VCCA. He's also a Kundiman and Lambda Literary Fellow. He currently lives in Brooklyn.
Nancy Naomi Carlson, twice an NEA literature translation grant recipient, has published twelve titles (eight translated). An Infusion of Violets (Seagull, 2019) was called “new & noteworthy” by The New York Times. Her most recent book in translation is Alain Mabanckou’s As Long As Trees Take Root in the Earth (Seagull, 2021), and her work has appeared in such journals as The Georgia Review, The Paris Review, Poetry,, and Poetry Daily.
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