Please join us for a reading and discussion with visiting Indian author Pragya Bhagat. Pragya will be joined by local indian poet Shubh Bala Schiesser, who will be reading a few poems from her collection, Sacred River and will also lead the discussion after Pragya's reading.
About the book:
“Naniji, tell me your story.”
What begins as a young woman’s question to her grandmother unexpectedly turns into a family saga. Compiled through family albums, home videos, journal entries, and interviews, Yarn follows the life of Pragya Bhagat’s grandmother, Shyama.
At the age of ten, the Partition pushes Shyama from Pakistan to India, but this is only the first of her many migrations. As each chapter of Shyama’s life unfolds, Pragya reflects on her own experiences with her grandmother, on family and friendship, on loving and losing. In her search for Naniji’s story, Pragya discovers parts of herself.
Poignant and vulnerable, Yarn is the extraordinary tale of an ordinary Indian family, its joys and fears, its silences and secrets.
About the Author:
Pragya Bhagat is an Indian spoken word poet and author. At the age of fifteen she immigrated to America, where she studied Biology at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating, Pragya taught science to sixth and eighth grade students at a public charter middle school that focused on minority communities. Volunteering with the survivors of the Bhopal Gas Disaster drove her to shift back to India, where she completed her Masters in Social Work.
Bhagat’s work stems from her diverse life experiences. Her essays and short stories have appeared in The Open Road Review, the Huffington Post, Free Press Journal, and the award-winning Skin Stories, amongst others.
About Schub Schiesser:
Shubh Bala Schiesser’s poems have appeared in the Texas Poetry Calendar, Di-Verse-City Anthology, The Borderlands Texas Poetry Review, Ardent Poetry in the Arts, Austin Poetry Society, Forest Fest Anthology, Lamesa, The Enigmatist, Blue Hole, Galaxy of Verse, the Austin Chronicle, San Antonio High Way, Big River Poetry Review, Illay’s Honey, Drash Pit, and Muse India, among others. Her chapbook, Sacred River: Poems from India, was published by Sociosights Press, Austin in 2016.