Wednesday, April 12, 2006

SAWCC Conference: Mixed Messages

The South Asian Women's Creative Collective (SAWCC) is having a conference at Marymount Manhattan College in mid-May. The conference is called "Mixed Messages," and lots of desi writers, publishers, and yes, bloggers are on the schedule. (Look for Anna, Shashwati, and Amitava on various panels... ) They also have some interesting workshops for writers scheduled -- a screenwriting master class, a writing workshop for teens, and "Writing About Food" with Vikas Khanna (!).

I'll be moderating this panel:

Friday, May 19: Kick-Off Reading and Reception
7PM, $15

Readings by:
Amitav Ghosh (Incendiary Circumstances, Houghton Mifflin, 2006)
Vijay Seshadri (The Long Meadow: Poems, Graywolf Press, 2005)
Sara Suleri Goodyear (Boys Will Be Boys: A Daughter's Elegy, University of Chicago Press, 2003)
Moderated by Amardeep Singh (Assistant Professor of English at Lehigh University)

Nice, huh? All three are writers I admire a great deal. Fortunately I am just moderating, or I would be quaking in my boots.

If any of you are going to be around that weekend and want to meet, please do get in touch. It might be nice to do a meetup of some kind on the Upper East Side.


elizabeth said...

that's a few blocks away from where I work-- I'll definitely try to attend.

2:12 PM  
Pooja said...

Have a meet-up at the festival ;).


5:02 PM  
Akash said...

It would be great pleasure for us if you can put the audio clips of the readings on the Net.

9:18 AM  
Pooja said...


SAWCC is trying to figure out a way to post audio clips of all the readings. Stay tuned at

Pooja (who is on the planning committee for the festival)

10:16 AM  
Amardeep said...

Thanks for answering Akash's question, Pooja.

You *may* find some of the authors are not so crazy about the idea of audio clips on the web... But it would definitely be worth a try.

11:42 AM  
Pooja said...


Yep, we're just asking around right now, because I know that some authors *will* take issue with audio clips on the web. Regardless, we are trying to find a way to document the event for the web so that people who may not be able to make it will at least get a taste of the festival.

Hope all else is well.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous said...

I have to say that I was appalled at your comments of the Bhesti play especially as you were not there. Also you did not speak to the key people involved who carried out peaceful discussions with the police and theatre representatives. If that was an attempt at journalism then that was really poor. You talk of freedom to express hence your blogs but you do not share such a view with those that choose to express in their own manner. Sikhs are peaceful how many times have you heard of Sikhs being in the media in respect of negative press.

Yours was a sad attempt at inciting an event which was merely a reaction due to the play having no respect for the Sikh symbols. If you had watched the play like I did you would be amazed at how bad it really was in respect of content and to be honest it insulted my intelligence.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Please refrain from using the word Khalistani to describe people as you are not aware of their political or spiritual affiliation.

Many Thanks,
A Sikh Sister

4:17 AM  

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