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Announcing some of our program participants

Nayomi Munaweera

Nayomi Munaweera, author

Nayomi Munaweera is a Sri Lankan-American author. Her debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, was initially published in South Asia in 2013. It was long-listed for the Man Asia Literary Prize and the Dublin IMPAC Prize. It won the Commonwealth Regional Prize for Asia and was short listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. It will be released in the  on September 2nd 2014 by St. Martin’s Press. She is currently at work on her second novel and lives in Oakland, California.

Riti Sachdeva

Riti Sachdeva, playwright

Riti Sachdeva is a theatre maker, dancer, and cultural worker. She is a 2014-16 Women’s Project Theatre Lab fellow and an alumnus of the Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater. Her plays have been developed by The Civilians, The Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, The Minneapolis PlayWrights Center, and the National New Play Network. Her play, Parts of Parts & Stitches, received the Kennedy Center’s Quest for Peace award and a world premiere in NYC produced by Manhattan Theatre Works. Riti is a devoted student of flamenco and is primary instigator at midNites cHiLd Productions (





Ankur Thakkar bio photo

Ankur Thakkar, writer

Ankur Thakkar is the City of Chicago’s first Digital Director and a Fiction Editor for

TriQuarterly Magazine. His writing has previously appeared in Guernica, TriQuarterly, and as
part of the 2014 Twitter Fiction Festival. He has an MFA in creative writing from Northwestern
University and is writing his first novel.

Call for Papers

Call for Papers: South Asian and Diaspora Arts and Culture
DesiLit Kriti Festival, University of Illinois at Chicago, 9/25 – 9/28, 2014

DesiLit seeks original academic papers focusing on the place and space of South Asian literature and culture in the United States and in the American academe. This is our inaugural year for academic papers and we are casting a wide net and would like to see the range of work being produced. We are open to various topics and approaches. Suggested panels might include essays focusing on individual authors or titles, body issues, diaspora, gender roles, class, transnationalism, postcolonialism, South Asian Studies literary theory, or migration. Graduate students are encouraged to apply.

While the festival covers Thursday 9/25 – Sunday 9/28, academic presentations will primarily take place on Friday, 9/26.

Please send questions and proposals (approximately 500 words) to

Deadline: July 15, 2014

Call for Papers PDF Flyer version

We are busy planning this year’s Kriti Festival!

Welcome to the Kriti Festival website.

We’re currently in negotiations with our Guest of Honor, and planning our events.

Please click on the Call for Submissions link above if you’re a South Asian performer, artist, or writer.

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