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, 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 (http://www.facebook.com/midniteschild)
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: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: July 15, 2014
Call for Papers PDF Flyer version
We are pleased to announce that the Guest of Honor for Kriti Festival 2014 will be Manil Suri.
Take a look at his website ( http://manilsuri.com/ ) to see why we think this multiple award winning writer and mathematician, author of the highly acclaimed trilogy The Death of Vishnu, The Birth of Brahma, and The City of Devi, is the perfect fit for our festival!
Pre-registration is now open for Kriti Festival 2014.
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Interested in presenting your work at Kriti?
Take a look at our Call for Submissions page for details.
Welcome to the Kriti Festival website.
We’re currently in negotiations with our Guest of Honor, and planning our events.
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