Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Poetry and Heights: Readings by Yuyutsu Sharma and David Austell .

Poetry and Heights

Readings by Yuyutsu Sharma and David Austell

on the Himalayas and Olympus Mons.

Yuyutsu Sharma will read from his new poetry/picture book, Nepal Trilogy (, Epsilonmedia, Germany), authored with German photographer, Andreas Stimm.

David Austell will read from his new book, Little Creek, (Nirala, 2011)

Jujo Mukti Tea Lounge

Friday, February 25, 2011


211 East 4th Street

(between Avenues A and B)

New York, NY, 10009


Directions: Subways F, M (2nd Avenue & Houston); 6 (Astor Place; 8th St and 4th Ave.); Bus 14A from Union Square (3rd St stop and Ave. A).

Yuyutsu R D Sharma

Yuyutsu R.D. Sharma was born in Nakodar, Punjab (India) and educated at Baring Union Christian College, Batala and later at Rajasthan University, Jaipur. He remained active in the literary circles of Rajasthan and acted in plays by Shakespeare, Bertolt Brecht, Harold Pinter, and Edward Albee. Later he taught at various campuses of Punjab University, and Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu. A distinguished poet and translator, he is the recipient of numerous awards, 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. He has published eight poetry collections including, Space Cake, Amsterdam, & Other Poems from Europe and America, (Howling Dog Press, Colorado,2009); AnnapurnaPoems, (Nirala, New Delhi 2008); Everest Failures (White Lotus Book Shop, Kathmandu, 2008); The Nepal Trilogy (Parts I-III), Photographs and Poetry about the Nepal areas of Annapurna, Everest, Helambu & Langtang, 2010, with German photographer Andreas Stimm; a translation of Hebrew poet Ronny Someck’s poetry in Nepali in a bilingual collection, Baghdad, February 1991 & Other Poems. He has translated and edited several anthologies of contemporary Nepali poetry into English. The literary movement, Kathya Kayakalpa (Content Metamorphosis) in Nepali poetry was launched by Mr. Sharma. Currently, he edits Pratik, A Magazine of Contemporary Writing and contributes literary columns to Nepal’s leading daily, The Himalayan Times.

Widely traveled, Mr. Sharma has read his works at several prestigious places including Poetry CafĂ©, London, Seamus Heaney Center for Poetry, Belfast, New York University, New York, Western Writers’ Center, Galway, Bowery Poetry Place, New York, The Kring, Amsterdam, P.E.N. Paris, Knox College, Illinois, Whittier College, California, Baruch College, New York, WB Yeats’ Center, Sligo, Gustav Stressemann Institute, Bonn, Rubin Museum, New York, Irish Writers’ Centre, Dublin. His works have appeared in Poetry Review, Chanrdrabhaga, Sodobnost, the Amsterdam Weekly, Indian Literature, Irish Pages, Delo, Omega, Howling Dog Press, Exiled Ink, Iton77, Little Magazine, The Telegraph, Indian Express and Asiaweek. The U.S. Library of Congress nominated his book of Nepali translations entitled Roaring Recitals: Five Nepali Poets as “Best Book of the Year 2001 from Asia” under the program, A World of Books: International Perspectives. Yuyutsu’s own work has been translated into German, French, Italian, Slovenian, Hebrew, Spanish and Dutch. He just published his nonfiction, Annapurnas & Stains of Blood: Life, Travel and Writing a Page of Snow, (Nirala, 2010) and completed his first novel.

David B. Austell

Raised in Concord, North Carolina (United States), and educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, David is currently the Director of the Office for International Students and Scholars 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 studied English Literature at the bachelors and masters levels at UNC where he also completed his Ph.D. in Higher Education, focusing on International Education. In 1992, he was a Fulbright grantee in Japan. 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.

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