Himalayan Poet in NYC
Reading by Yuyutsu Sharma
Friday, April 18, 2014
7:15 PM–9:30 PM Free
Over the last couple of years, Yuyutsu Sharma has been working on his new book about New York City. After traveling the world, he has seen an amazing connection between the Himalayas and NYC, ‘these two highest places in the world’ and celebrates their grit and glory in his new book Nine New York Poems, A Prelude to A Blizzard in My Bones: New York.
Poet and Professor from NYU, David Austell will introduce Yuyutsu’s creative world and his remarkable journeys across the continent. The gallery reading will be followed by a Q&A with the audience and a book signing in the Spiral Lobby.
About the Speakers
Recipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, Trubar Foundation, Slovenia, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature and The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature, Yuyutsu RD Sharma is a distinguished poet and translator. He has published nine poetry collections including, Milarepa’s Bones, 33 New Poems, (Nirala, New Delhi 2012), Nepal Trilogy, Photographs and Poetry on Annapurna, Everest, Helambu & Langtang (www.Nepal-Trilogy.de, Epsilonmedia, Karlsruhe, 2010), a 900-page book with renowned German photographer, Andreas Stimm, Space Cake, Amsterdam, & Other Poems from Europe and America, (2009, Indian reprint 2013) and Annapurna Poems, 2008, Reprint, 2012).
Yuyutsu also brought out a translation of Irish poet Cathal O’ Searcaigh poetry in Nepali in a bilingual collection entitled, Kathmandu: Poems, Selected and New (2006) and a translation of Hebrew poet Ronny Someck’s poetry in Nepali in a bilingual edition, Baghdad, February 1991 & Other Poems. He has translated and edited several anthologies of contemporary Nepali poetry in English and launched a literary movement, Kathya Kayakalpa (Content Metamorphosis) in Nepali poetry.
Currently, Yuyutsu is in New York as a Visiting Poet at New York University. For half the year, he travels and reads all over the world from his works and conducts creative writing workshops at various universities in North America and Europe. When back home, he goes trekking in the Himalayas.
David B. Austell is Assistant Vice President and Director of the Office of Global Services at New York University in New York City, where he is also an Associate Professor of International Education in the NYU Steinhardt School (adjunct). David has undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he also completed his Ph.D. in Higher Education focusing on International Education. In 1992, David was a Fulbright grantee in Japan and Korea. The love of poetry grows from deep roots, and in David’s case from his parents: his mother who sent poetry, sacred and secular, to him all through college with her letters, and his father who read Shakespeare and Coleridge to him as a child.