Sunday, February 27, 2011

JOURNEY THROUGH INDIA AND NEPAL

JOURNEY

THROUGH

INDIA AND NEPAL

JOURNEY

THROUGH

INDIA AND NEPAL

Robert Scotto and Lu Wu

with Yuyutsu Sharma

Robert Scotto will read poems based upon his travels in India and Nepal

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

Lu Wu will project a selection of her photographs during the reading

Jujo Mukti Tea Lounge

Saturday March 5, 2011

7:00pm

211 East 4th Street

(between Avenues A and B)

New York, NY , 10009

212-533-4075

Cover:$5/7

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).

Robert Scotto was a professor of English at Baruch College , CUNY, until his recent retirement. His publications include a Critical Edition of Catch-22, a book on the contemporary novel, and essays on writers like Walter Pater and James Joyce. His most recent book, the biography Moondog, won the ARSC Award for Best Research in Recorded Classical Music and the Independent Publisher Book Awards bronze medal for biography, both in 2008. The second edition will appear in 2012. The forthcoming collection of poems to be published by Nirala Publications will be his first.

Lu Wu was a CPA specializing in international taxation until her recent retirement. Her collaboration with Robert Scotto on the India/Nepal photopoem volume soon to be released is her initial venture in publication

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 Café, 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. www.yuyutsu.de


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 (www.nepal-trilogie.de, Epsilonmedia, Germany), authored with German photographer, Andreas Stimm.

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

www.niralapublications.com

Jujo Mukti Tea Lounge

Friday, February 25, 2011

7:00pm

211 East 4th Street

(between Avenues A and B)

New York, NY, 10009

212-533-4075

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 Café, 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. www.yuyutsu.de

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. www.davidaustell.com

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

New Nepal Trilogy



<> DIE NEPAL-TRILOGIE TEIL I-III

Photographs and Poetry about the Nepal areas of Annapurna, Everest, Helambu & Langtang

Photographien und Gedichte über das Annapurna-Gebiet,

dem Everest Nationalpark und dem Langtang- und Helambu-Gebiet

(ISBN 978-3-9810883-2-8)


Trilogy Excerpt...

The Flowers in their baskets


The flowers in their baskets

do not smell of crisp books

or rhymes that sing of flowers of freedom.


Pale as pulp of their wiped out eyes

these are stones of destiny

heavy from watery weight of their juvenile dreams


sharp and brash

as the stones of bleeding mule paths

tearing a wound with

face of a stifled cry

in murky skies of their fast fading infancy.


“To do justice to the landscapes and peoples of the highest mountains in the world requires a sensitivity and skill not given to all of us. Andreas Stimm and Yuyutsu R. D. Sharma have succeeded, in this trilogy of photographs and poems, in bringing to life an extraordinary region in all its striking beauty and natural harmony. The unique combination of their photographic and poetic skills succeeds in laying bare the very soul of the Himalayas, the smiling warmth of its inhabitants and its dramatically beautiful peaks and valleys.”

His Excellency Mr. Keith George Bloomfield
Former British Ambassador to Nepal

Preface, or: Nepal is not picturesque

--Dr. Christoph Emmrich,

South and Southeast Asian Buddhism

at the University of Toronto.


And it doesn’t rhyme either. Not for those who know what life is like there and which challenges people face there day after day. Not if you are out to find something different from the natural template for an oil painting or a picture postcard. Not if you are a cosmopolitan Nepalese poet who refuses to write either paddy harvesting song or Bollywood ballad lyrics. For these people Nepal is a challenge and this book is an attempt to come to terms with that challenge. A Mitteleuropean sets out to chart and take pictures of his ventures through the most incredible mountains in the world. And its incredibleness consists neither in us being romantically moved nor in the kick which crossing boundaries may bring: there is no call of the wild, no Walli serenading her complaint, neither do we find our true inner self nor does Shangri-la shine down upon us. What is incredible is that here and maybe more than anywhere else en route on the fringes of the world we encounter people and share their company. That we become even if only temporarily involved in networks or silently pass through them. And each time we are made to notice that the balance between living and working together, preparation and improvisation, encounter and departure is nowhere as decisive as in places where with each step you find yourself on the verge of an abyss.

Andreas Stimm‘s pictures manage to find that balance, because the breadth of their field require you to linger which empowers the wandering eye. Because they deploy, mediate and inscribe the technology that produced them and that always betrays its origin in a human enterprise which is larger than oneself and which refers back to him or her who reads and beholds, for whom the travelling photographer prescribes routes and enables travels. Because they create enough space to locate the individual: he who takes us with him, who holds and uses the camera and through whom we see. And those individuals who inhabit these spaces, for whose paths, places, work and living conditions the frame has been formatted generously enough to have them be part of the picture.
The Indian-born international Nepalese poet Yuyutsu R.D. Sharma takes part in this voyage and his texts are the images’ eloquent partners. Formed by 20th century South Asian and North American poetry movements and himself a verbal renewer of his country’s literature he indefatigably writes along rivers and paths, mountains, valleys and villages, verse after verse, one image after the other, an encounter at a time. And not infrequently the travelling reader is taken by surprise by an image which unexpectedly turns on itself. Which reminds the reader that, in contrast to our own wishful thinking, poverty does not make for happy people, or that those whom we encounter on the way do not lend themselves to be sparring partners for buffering our own political correctness. But that instead we better hold ourselves accountable for our bipolar sensibility, indebted to our globally urban taste regarding both the beautiful and the terrible and that under such extreme conditions as those found on a trip to the ends or rather the roof of the world one can easily turn into the other. That which keeps poetically hitting us in the face along the way is nothing else but the idiosyncrasies of our very own likes and dislikes, desires and fears.

Yuyutsu‘s texts in as far as they help illuminate further Andreas Stimm‘s images also show us, however, that, once we give it a voice and an image it is the poetic, creative sensibility with its light and dark, its calculating and impulsive sides which enables us, the photographer, the poet, the reader and all those people who make their way through the mountains to see when and where our various paths may, now and then, cross.


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Yuyutsu Sharma's Cornelia St. Cafe Reading


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2011

6 PM | CORNELIA STREET CAFE

SON OF A PONY POETRY SERIES

Featured poet

Yuyutsu RD Sharma

Spotlight poet

Mikelle Terson

PLUS

NYC's Best Open POETRY Mike

Hosted by

Kat Georges


Yuyutsu RD Sharma was born at Nakodar, Punjab, and moved to Nepal at an early age. He has published eight poetry collections including,www,nepal-trilogy.de with famous German photographer, Andreas Stimm, Annapurnas and Stains of Blood: Life Travels and Writing on a Page of Snow (Nirala Publications, New Delhi) and Space Cake, Amsterdam and Other Poems from Europe and America (Howling Dog Press). He is the recipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, and The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature, among others. His work has been translated into German, French, Italian, Slovenian, Hebrew, Spanish & Dutch. When not traveling, Yuyutsu lives in Kathmandu, where he edits Pratik, A Magazine of Contemporary Writing.


Spotlight poet Mikelle Terson has been writing since age 8, and credits her poetry to the taking of long showers, and her mentor, the late Irish poet & playwright, Michael Sayers.


The featured reading follows the fabulous Son of a Pony open reading at the cafe. Poet/convivial mistress of ceremonies Kat Georges hosts. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.; the open reading begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $7, which includes a free drink.


Cornelia Street Cafe is at 29 Cornelia Street, between W. 4th Street & Bleecker, just around the corner from the W. 4th Street subway station. Phone: 212-989-9319. www.corneliastreetcafe.com

Three Rooms Press is a website about the New York contemporary poetry scene including original poems, calendar of events and observations.










Yuyu Special Guest at Poets of the Lorain County,,Ohio







Mac's Backs reading photos http://www.walkingthinice.com/

THE LONGEST CONTINUOUS POETRY VENUE IN TOWN

January 30th, 2011

Mac’s Backs Books: basement – foto by Smith

Mac’s Backs Books is the longest continuous poetry reading venue in Cleveland — I first read there back in the early 1980s.

Last night’s reading there was extra special because Yuyutsu Sharma’s co-feature was Katie Daley, whom I believe is one of Cleveland’s two finest performing and writing poets — the other one is Wendy Shaffer.

Here are a few fotos from last night’s reading.


Mac’s Backs Books: Allen Ginsberg – foto by Smith

Mac’s Backs Books: Legalize Levy – foto by Smith

Mac’s Backs Books: warrior poet – foto by Smith

Yuyu reading at Mac’s Backs 1-2902011 – foto by Smith

Yuyu reading at Mac’s Backs 1-2902011 – foto by Smith

Lady at Mac’s Backs Books – foto by Smith

Here’s Yuyu’s remaining scheduled poetry performances here in Cleveland:

January 30th at 1 p.m.
PoetryElyria at Jim’s Coffeehouse, 2 Kerstetter Way in Elyria, Ohio

February 2nd at 7 p.m.
Snoetry: A World Record Winter Wordfest
at Jim’s Coffeehouse,
2 Kerstetter Way in Elyria, Ohio

Lady K and I will be reading at Snoetry at 6:30 as well


http://www.walkingthinice.com/


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Larain County Reading --

YUYU LAST NIGHT, 2NITE, 2MORROW, ETC

January 29th, 2011

Yuyu reading at 737 Gallery, Lorain, Ohio last night – foto by Smith

Yuyu’s reading last night at “n Verse Lorain: A Poetry and performing Arts Extravaganza” at the Lorain Arts Council’s 737 Gallery in Lorain, Ohio was indeed part of an extravaganza – poets, music, singers, dance, free food, and a large audience.

Tonight’s he’s reading with Katie Daley at Mac’s backs in Coventry.

You can hear Yuyu recording with Apartment One at reverbnation.com/apartmentone. . . click on “See All 198 Songs” and go down eleven titles for Spacecake Amsterdam and another eleven for Temple London and click and play.

Yuyutsu’s next three readings:

January 29, 2011: Yuyutsu Sharma Katie Daley
at Mac’s Backs.
7 PM, 1820 Coventry Rd.,
Cleveland Hts., OH 44118. 216-321-2665.

January 30th at 1 p.m.
PoetryElyria at Jim’s Coffeehouse, 2 Kerstetter Way in Elyria, Ohio

February 2nd at 7 p.m.
Snoetry: A World Record Winter Wordfest
at Jim’s Coffeehouse, 2 Kerstetter Way in Elyria, Ohio

Yuyu will be reading from his new book — Amazing Helambu
a photographic and poetic journey through the Helambu and Langtang area
228 pages, 125 panoramic photographs, 19 poems
ISBN 978-3-9810883-1-1


Yuyu reading at 737 Gallery, Lorain, Ohio last night – foto by Smith

Friday, January 28, 2011

4 YUYUTSU READINGS THESE 6 DAYS http://www.walkingthinice.com/2011/01/4-yuyutsu/ www.walkingthinice.com



Yuyu reading at Visible Voice Books, November 2009 – foto by Smith

Jammed up jelly tight for the next 6 days due to hosting a Nepalese poet, so blogs may or may be scarce.

Our poet friend Yuyutsu Ram Dass Sharma is reading 4 places in the next 6 dfays:

Yuyu Reading in Cleveland, Elyria and Lorain from his new book — Amazing Helambu
a photographic and poetic journey through the Helambu and Langtang area
228 pages, 125 panoramic photographs, 19 poems
ISBN 978-3-9810883-1-1

January 28th at 6:30 p.m.
In Verse Lorain: A Poetry and Performing Arts Extravaganza
at the Lorain Arts Council’s 737 Gallery, 737 Broadway Avenue in Lorain, Ohio.

January 29, 2011: Yuyutsu Sharma Katie Daley
at Mac’s Backs.
7 PM, 1820 Coventry Rd.,
Cleveland Hts., OH 44118. 216-321-2665.

January 30th at 1 p.m.
PoetryElyria at Jim’s Coffeehouse, 2 Kerstetter Way in Elyria, Ohio

February 2nd at 7 p.m.
Snoetry: A World Record Winter Wordfest
at Jim’s Coffeehouse,
2 Kerstetter Way in Elyria, Ohio

Here is a short sweet 10 year old poem — more rhyme per buck with 4 lines, 6 rhyming words: hole, soul, black, crack, sky, I. And actually backed rhymes internally too.

Used Karma Lot

I cut the cockroach off at the watering hole
Sent his brown backed soul
To that great black crack in the sky
May God have more compassion than I

– Steven B. Smith, 2001


Yuyu recording at Peter Ball’s Apartment One studio, November 2009 – foto by Smith
www.walkingthinice.com

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Yuyutsu Sharma at Shangri-la Dialog Readings. Maryland


Yuyutsu with Sta Panday


Yogesh Upadhyaya, founder editor of Kantipur and The Kathmandu Post at the reading


Yuyutsu Sharma's Cornelia St. Cafe, NYU Reading



See the previous week's performances. February 04-February 11, 2011 See the next week's performances.
Friday, Feb 04 - 6:00PM

SON OF PONY
Kat Georges, host

Yuyutsu RD Sharma; Mikelle Terson
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Featured poet: Yuyutsu RD Sharma

Spotlight poet: Mikelle Terson

Yuyutsu RD Sharma was born at Nakodar, Punjab, and moved to Nepal at an early age. He has published eight poetry collections including, Annapurnas and Stains of Blood: Life Travels and Writing on a Page of Snow (Nirala Publications, New Delhi) and Space Cake, Amsterdam and Other Poems from Europe and America (Howling Dog Press). He is the recipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, and The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature, among others. His work has been translated into German, French, Italian, Slovenian, Hebrew, Spanish & Dutch. When not traveling, Yuyutsu lives in Kathmandu, where he edits Pratik, A Magazine of Contemporary Writing.

Spotlight poet Mikelle Terson has been writing since age 8, and credits her poetry to the taking of long showers, and her mentor, the late Irish poet & playwright, Michael Sayers.

The featured reading follows the fabulous Son of a Pony open reading at the cafe. Poet/convivial mistress of ceremonies Kat Georges hosts.

Doors open at 5:45 p.m.; the open reading begins at 6 p.m