Sasha Duttchowdhury, Minal Hajratwala, S.J. Sindu presented by Tasveer South Asian Lit Festival
This panel presents three quite varied writers - one working primarily in fiction, one here most recently in poetry, the third in non-fiction prose - but each exploring aspects and angles of queer South Asian (American) identity. Seattle writer Aparajeeta ‘Sasha’ Duttchowdhury is the co-editor of the anthology, Moving Truth(s): Queer and Transgender Desi Writing on Family (Flying Chickadee), which addresses exactly those questions and concerns. Minal Hajratwala is most recently the author of the excellent poetry collection, Bountiful Instructions For Enlightenment ((Great) Indian Poetry Collective).
“Electric combination of lyric poetry and theater … Minal Hajratwala charms, sears, shocks and delights us. A fresh species of enlightenment.” — (the late, much-mourned) Meena Alexander. S.J. Sindu’s debut novel, Marriage of a Thousand Lies (Soho) has received widespread praise since its initial 2016 publication. “An important intervention in the canons of both LGBTQ and South Asian literature. Marriage of a Thousand Lies is not only important: it’s also a beautiful book, with fresh, tidy prose, and complex, flawed characters, a novel that is at once sad and hopeful.” - Autostraddle. “What a gorgeous, heartbreaking novel.” - Roxane Gay. Moderated by Chandan Reddy.