We’re happy to pass along this announcement from Hamna Zubair and Zainab Shah. They are combining forces to launch a new reading series in New York City, The Unpublished Reading Series, which is having its inaugural event on August 27th at 7 PM.
The Unpublished Reading Series is a space for writers who are or have been underrepresented in the media — for reasons including, but not limited to, class, race, gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity. The series celebrates, fosters and promotes diversity in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and reportage.
The reading will take place at Louie & Chan (303 Broome Street, New York City 10002). They are bringing together a great mix of writers to share their work and ideas, connect us to their worlds and have a rollicking good time through it all. Here is the line up:
Raza Rumi is a longtime journalist and public policy specialist from Pakistan. He is currently an editor with The FridayTimes weekly, as well as a senior research fellow at the Jinnah Institute in Islamabad. Much of his writing is archived atwww.razarumi.com. He is also the author of Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani Traveler (Harper Collins, 2013).
Matt Choate has worked as a journalist, editor and radio producer in South Africa. He came to New York to study his MFA in creative writing at The New School. Matthew is currently working on a collection of short stories.
Krupa Shandilya is Assistant Professor of Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies at Amherst College. The story “Laila” is an excerpt from her first novel Junoon. In the novel, Laila is a companion piece to Majnun, an undiscovered short story by famous Urdu writer.
Swetha Regunathan is a writer, extreme-novice-filmmaker, and doctoral candidate in English literature at Brown University. Before graduate school, she worked at Cambridge University Press in New York, and before that, she received her B.A. in the Unemployable Arts at Columbia University. She has had work published in Guernica, Words Without Borders, Digital Defoe (a scholarly journal) and n+1.
Alison Roh Park is a New York City Native and Kundiman fellow, Pushcart nominated poet, and past winner of the Poetry Society of America New York Chapbook Fellowship and Amy Award. She taught Asian American Studies at Hunter College.
Haroon Moghul has written for The Boston Review, The Guardian, Al-Jazeera, Salon, Foreign Policy and Tikkun. His novel, The Order of Light (Penguin 2006), anticipated the Arab Spring, describing a suicide by fire that sparked a Middle Eastern uprising; the book was translated into French and published by Le Cherche midi. He’s now working on a series of novels best described as the fusion of Bollywood with Tolkien.
Kayhan Irani was born in Bombay, India and was raised on the mean streets of Queens, NYC. She is an Emmy award winner, a Fulbright Fellow and a Theater of the Oppressed trainer. Kayhan loves playing theater games.
Raven Jackson’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kweli Journal, CALYX, Phantom Limb, PANK, and elsewhere. A native of Tennessee, she will be attending New York University’s Graduate Film Program in the fall.
The reading is free and open to all who would like to attend. They’re going to have a drinks special and a little after-party dancing, so be sure to join in the fun!
If you have any questions, you can reach Hamna and Zainab at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you at the event!