I'm back, guys! I've quit social media a few months ago and laid low for a while but I'm pleased to say that I'm involved with REEL Poetry Film Festival once again for 2022. I am doing a panel on deaf poetry and creativity with two other writers-artists. We will also screen a few of our works, including my two new videopoems. You can visit REELPoetry website for more information on how to view our panel and screening.
Also I'm happy to say that I'll have a new play published in a book forthcoming later this year. So keep an eye out for that announcement.
Much love and blessings to you all!
Are you staying home on Saturday night? If so, please don't forget to watch my presentation, screening and then interact with me on Zoom to ask me questions and discuss sign language, poetry, and filmmaking 💖💘😘
I will speak with my voice but I also plan to sign and type in chat.
Date: February 27, 2021
Time: 7PM Central Time Zone (8pm Eastern Time Zone, 5pm Pacific Time Zone) Location: VIRTUAL AND ZOOM
Tickets are PAY WHAT YOU CAN, with $1 Fee at the checkout.
All proceeds go to Public Poetry in Houston, Texas that helps promote poetry and outreach to the public.
BUY TICKETS HERE!
Hey everyone! I will do a presentation on sign language in POETRY and FILM for the REEL Poetry Film Festival, which is entirely ONLINE. I will be on ZOOM.
The festival starts on Wednesday, and my event is on Saturday, Feb 27. I WILL ALSO DROP A BRAND-NEW SHORT POEM VIDEO ON THAT NIGHT THAT NOBODY HAS SEEN! IT HAS GORGEOUS NEW MUSIC WITH STUNNING VISUALS!!!!
You can buy a ticket (any price you can pay) and interact with me, ask me questions, etc... I hope to see some of you...
PROGRAM INFO: http://www.publicpoetry.net/#SE
I am doing a live Q&A and reading on Zoom tomorrow (February 17, 2021) with three other writers and two editors from the Brown Girl Magazine anthology "Untold."
We will discuss the theme of relationships and discuss our non-fiction pieces about love, family, and friendship.
The event is FREE and will be auto-captioned, making it accessible for Deaf people, including me and you.
You may register at the Zoom event here! Hope to see you online tomorrow!
Proud to say that my nonfiction piece has been published by Brown Girl Magazine and Mango & Marigold Press. My piece was incredibly hard to write, but I wanted to share my experience and let others know that they're not alone in having experienced profound loss, death, grief, sorrow and pain.
The book is called Untold: Defining Moments of the Uprooted. The book features nonfiction pieces written by South Asian women (and identifying women) of diverse backgrounds, faiths, and upbringings, including Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans, along with Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, etc. and Indo-Caribbean diaspora from Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, etc.
You may pre-order a copy here.
Thank you and be sure to subscribe, like and follow/share!!
Love you all!
I am excited to announce that I have been asked to be a curator and presenter for the 2021 REELPoetry Film Festival which is based in Houston, Texas! What an incredible opportunity. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, the festival will be held virtually instead of in person in Houston. I will present a series of my own works, alongside a curated series of poetry videos by other artists that I will curate. More info will come soon. Be sure to tuned in!
Festival will be held online on February 24-28, 2021.
My non-fiction piece "Amor Indocumentado" (Undocumented Love) is published in this Young Adult Anthology, which is being published by Brown Girl Magazine and Mango & Marigold Press. It releases on January 2021, and over 400 copies have already pre-sold!
"untold: defining moments of the uprooted" is a collection of real stories that explores the South Asian experience in the U.S., U.K., and Canada through the lens of identity, being, and relationships. Thirty emerging voices share deeply personal moments of immigration, infertility, divorce, mental health, suicide, racism, colorism, LGBTQIA+ issues, and more all while balancing the push and pull of belonging to two cultural hemispheres. Every story sheds light on the authentic truths of living as womxn with hyphenated identities that have been only whispered-until now.
ORDER YOUR PRE-COPY HERE!!!
I've been offline for about a year to do some self-reflection and soul searching. I also took a huge break from the arts to relax and focus on personal relationships in my life.
In the meanwhile, I have an exciting new collaboration with Brown Girl Magazine coming soon, my short non-fiction piece will be published in their anthology.
I am also working with a St. Louis non-profit organization to perform a piece for the April 2020 concert fundraiser on Earth Day to raise funds for a new environmentally-conscious collective school and building to be constructed in St. Louis, Missouri. I will post more information when available.
I plan to perform Allah Earth: The Cycle of Life again and will accept bookings or inquiries.
Being a selected participant at the HowlRound Deaf Theatre conference in Boston in the spring of 2019.
Wild Whispers: New Mexico was selected to screen at Garifuna Indigenous International Film Festival in Los Angeles in the summer of 2019.
Wild Whispers: New Mexico was also specially selected as part of Blow-Up International Arthouse Film Festival in Chicago in the fall of 2019.
Thanks for your support!
Have a great 2020!!!
We Are Moving Stories, a fantastic website that focuses on women filmmakers, interviewed me and asked me a few questions about making Deaf Brown Gurl and why I wanted to make it.
Read the interview here and be sure to like / follow We Are Moving Stories on social media!
My short Navajo-ASL poetry video, Wild Whispers: New Mexico, which I performed, filmed, and edited, was screened at Swindon International Poetry Festival in Swindon, England today. It was part of a large poetry film collaborative project spearheaded by Elephant's Footprint, with funding from Arts Council of England. Here are some tweets below about the event.