Los Angeles

Breaking Into Book Writing: Pitches and Proposals

3:30-4:45pm Saturday March 19


Learn what it takes to make the leap from writer to author; how to transform your great idea or long-form piece into a full-length book; and how to structure a book proposal that makes your idea stand out from the crowd. Literary agent Stefanie Von Borstel will share successful pitches that led to books and break down the key elements of a book proposal. Writing coach Minal Hajratwala will guide you through a writing exercise to develop powerful, verb-driven sentences to make your pitch sing. We’ll discuss the specific challenges and opportunities in today’s market, and you’ll leave with a clear picture of how to move forward with the book that’s waiting inside you.


Decolonize Your Writing!

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 30

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A full day of FREE writing workshops with writers of color, organized by The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective and Kaya Press, on the USC campus. Drop in for a half-hour or stay the whole day. Drinks and snacks.


Unchaste Readers Series AWP/LA Hosted by Jenny Forrester

7 – 9 p.m. Friday, April 1


The Unchaste Readers Series is about creating a community and promoting writing that takes risks, that shows the raw, vulnerable, ecstatic, complicated lives of women — in 7 minutes each. Join us to hear the raw and complex stories of these Unchaste readers. Free & open to all.


Happy Hour
Meet & Mingle with South Asian Writers

5-8 p.m. Saturday, April 2

We’ll celebrate the launch of new and forthcoming books over food and drink (cheese masala fries anyone?) in the beautiful Cowboys & Turbans beer garden.


AWP Convention
Readings, signings and more!

March 31-April 2, 2016

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Rebel Girls reading & panel: 9-10:15 a.m. Friday, April 1, Gold Salon 3, Marriott First Floor. With Minal Hajratwala, M. Evelina Galang, Elmaz Abinader, Deb Busman, and Faith Adiele.

Bookfair: I’ll be hanging out at The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective table, #101, where you can get special deals on my book and check out my beautiful Write Like a Unicorn schwag. Events at the table include:

Desi Writers Meetup: 12:00-12:30pm Thursday, March 31

• Minal Hajratwala book signing: 2:30-3pm Friday, April 1

Poetry Oracle (with free prizes): 3-3:30pm Friday, April 1



Washington, D.C.

Split This Rock Poetry Festival


The Names We Carry: Poetry Inspired by Radical India

4-5:30 pm Thursday, April 14

Vidhu Aggarwal, Minal Hajratwala, Tanuja Jagernauth, Ellen Kombiyil, Shikha Malaviya, and Leeya Mehta read poems reflecting the many names, labels, and categories we use/discard/attach to ourselves and others, throughout our lives. We will share poems exploring issues of exile, imperialism, identity, caste/color discrimination, sexuality, and more. We will encourage audience participation during the reading as well, asking them to fill in words and missing phrases, to help them create and think about the different kinds of dialogues we constantly must create and reinvent in order to highlight different causes.


Revolt: Writing Poetry Inspired by Radical India

4-5:30 pm Friday, April 15

Minal Hajratwala, Ellen Kombiyil, and Shikha Malaviya lead a powerful and engaging workshop, drawing poetic inspiration from activist art from various waves of political movements in India and the diaspora. Using prompts drawn from a variety of poets who have been engaged in activist movements, participants will write deeply into issues of exile, imperialism, identity, caste/color discrimination, sexuality, and more. We’ll explore how verse turns the deeply personal detail into the universal, bringing to light little-known voices from India’s radical political traditions and injecting new energy into American poets wishing to engage with global revolutions. We’ll share all the materials so that participants can take them back and share with their own communities and/or students, diversifying their reading lists to include vibrant contemporary global voices of protest.





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