Here is an incredible video created by Super Sisters UK, an organization based in Great Britain that advocates on behalf of British Minority Ethnic women and British Muslim women. I am so grateful and humbled for their support. I feel that the video did a great job introducing my works to a bigger audience.
My poetry film, Deaf Brown Gurl, will be screened at Scottish Writers' Center in Glasgow, Scotland on April 25th, 2017 for a night of poetry film screenings. I am grateful to L.A (Lesley) Traynor of Scottish Writers' Center, who is also the founder of Women Poets with Fierce Words, for reaching out to me and to bring more awareness of my works for people in the beautiful city of Glasgow. The event will be interactive with GR codes for the audience to access my channel (along with other poet filmmakers' channels). If you live there, you can attend the event for free.
7-9pm (evening) on April 25, 2017 (Tuesday night)
Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall St
Glasgow G2 3JD
I am proud to be involved with a new exhibition called "Justice Can't Wait: Deaf People of Color Seeking Change Through the Arts" at California State University-Northridge. It is the first of its kind in the USA--a multimedia arts exhibition that specially highlights works created by deaf people of color.
My video, Deaf Brown Gurl, was selected to be screened as part of the exhibition. The exhibition opens on October 23, 2016 and will run through for 2 weeks up to November 2, 2016.
There will be an opening reception on October 23, along with various workshops offered on campus through-out two weeks. You can check for schedule and venue information here.
Sunday, October 23
1:00 to 5:00pm
West Gallery @ CSUN
18111 Nordhoff St
Northridge, CA, 91330
If you live in Los Angeles, you should definitely go to CSUN and see this exhibition.
Patna Beats, an Indian website devoted to the state of Bihar, has interviewed me. I discuss my Bihari roots, talk a bit about my projects, and I give some advice to Bihari youth.
The article is here! Many thanks to Patna Beats for supporting my works and giving me a wider platform to other Bihari people!
I will be hosting "The Age of Glam" with Loren D. at Attitudes Nightclub. It's a benefit fundraiser for the St. Louis Fringe Festival. 100% of ticket sales and donations will go to the Fringe and will help keep the festival running this summer. Loren D. and I will host using both voice and ASL.
"The Age of Glam" (FB event)
May 21, 2016 (Saturday) // Doors open at 7pm
4100 Manchester Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110
We will ROCK you! Y'all bitches better be there!
I just received my award at the St. Louis Visionary Awards ceremony on April 25 at the Sun Theatre in midtown St. Louis. I was so happy and proud to be recognized for my works as a Deaf Filmmaker, Performance Artist, Playwright, and ASL Poet. It was a surreal experience. I got to meet other recipients of the Awards and they are all phenomenal women who are doing great works for the arts and for our communities in St. Louis. This award reaffirms my confidence and self-faith that my voice is important and my artistic works matter.
Thank you to the St. Louis Visionary Awards for recognizing me and believing in my works.
Here are some photos. Enjoy!
And here is a video of me giving my acceptance speech. For Deaf viewers, please go to the video link to read a transcript of the introduction statement by Deborah J. Patterson, former head of Monsanto Fund.
I was invited by Deaf West and HowlRound to participate in Deaf Theatre Week and I was asked to share my perspective as a Deaf Playwright.
I wrote a blog post called "Deaf Playwriting: A New Art Form." I suggest that we need to think of deaf playwriting (or deaf theatre) as a new art form.
You can read it here.
Big thanks to DJ Kurs and Ramona for inviting me!
I was asked to create and develop three workshops for students at New Mexico School for the Deaf in Santa Fe, New Mexico. They are learning to write poetry over a course of months. Since I am known to be an ASL poet and performance artist, the school asked me to be involved for the Final Day on March 25.
I created a few videos along with a detailed workshop curriculum for the students. My curriculum focused on the elements of performance and using those to analyze and perform poetry.
The workshops were a huge hit and the students greatly enjoyed them! Big thanks to Shira G. for inviting me to participate.
ALIVE Magazine has a great write-up and short interview with me for the forthcoming St. Louis Visionary Awards. I answer some questions about my works and my creative process as an artist.
I also discuss the need for better engagement within the arts scene in St. Louis. Check it out!
The Aerogram asked me to do a Quick Picks list for this week. I talk about some interesting people and their works, including one of my favourite rappers from Mexico City, an Indian classical dancer, disability hip hop, and a desi electronica musician.