Chiasmata Festival

Chiamasta is a three-day literary festival celebrating South Asian writing, and it takes place May 20-23, 2005. Here’s the blurb I received by email.

The South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) invites you to our third annual literary event, celebrating the works of South Asian writers.

In this event, we explore and celebrate chiasmata, spontaneous connections that spawn diversity and birth the motley spaces we inhabit. Spaces between the old and the new, the established and the subversive, the familiar and the novel. Spaces that serve as bridges towards a new self.

Participants include Amitava Kumar, Abha Dawesar, Ginu Kamani, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Meera Nair, Tahira Naqvi, S. Mitra Kalita, Bushra Rehman, Shahnaz Habib, Prageeta Sharma, Alka Bhargava, Anna Ghosh, Pooja Makhijani and Neesha Meminger.

What: Literary festival including two evenings of readings and discussion, a writing workshop for emerging writers, and a panel discussion of South Asians in publishing

When: May 20, 21, 22

Where: the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and the Queens Museum of Art

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