Monday, July 9, 2018

Diane Frank's Letters from a Sacred Mountain Place: A new addition to Nirala Series on Nepal!

A new addition to Nirala Series on Nepal!

Letters from a Sacred Mountain PlaceA Journey through the Nepal Himalayas – Photographs and Text by Diane Frank
ISBN 81-8250-095-8 2018 Hard Cover pp 145 plus Photo pages


Diane Frank's Letters from a Sacred Mountain Place evokes the citadels of silence that define the essence of the Himalayas. The strength of the book rests in her ecstatic recollection of the minute details of the mountain world and her humble encounters with the beautiful people of the high Himalayas. The glory of idyllic life enjoyed during her treks in 1988 and 1989 has become a thing of the past, thanks to the merciless encroachment of the Western world and homegrown greed of senseless politicians in Nepal. "
~ Yuyutsu Sharma

Diane Frank trekked four hundred miles in the Nepal Himalayas and wrote most this book sitting on boulders on the trails and by a kerosene lamp at night.  She is the author of seven books of poems, including Canon for Bears and Ponderosa Pines, Entering the Word Temple, Swan Light, and The Winter Life of Shooting Stars.  Blackberries in the Dream House, her first novel, won the Chelson Award for Fiction and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She is editor of the bestselling anthology, River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the 21st Century.
She has written documentaries on Eastern and Sacred Art for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Oakland Museum, and the Maxwell Museum in Arizona. She teaches writing workshops at San Francisco State University and Dominican University, leads workshops for young writers as a Poet in the School, and directs the Blue Light Press On-line Poetry Workshop.  She plays cello in the Golden Gate Symphony and likes to create her life as an art form

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Nirala Book Party in Manhattan: Book Launch & Readings

Friday, June 29, 2018– 7:00PM - 9:00 PM at Red Room, 85 E 4th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10003

Nirala book Party: Launch of Five New Books and Reading by Nirala authors
Tin Man By David Austell
Word Has it by Ruth Danon
Cats, Love & Other Surprises 
by Otis Kidwell Burger & Katherine Burger
A Prayer for Less Violent Offenders by Mike Graves
Eternal Snow; A Worldwide Anthology of One Hundred Twenty Five Poetic Intersections with Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma
Select Contributors to the anthology including Irene O Garden, Karen Herceg, Bari Falese, Su Polo and Eugene Hyon will read at the Anthology
Plus several prominent authors previously published by Nirala including Irene O Garden
Fran Antmann
Keren Herceg
Bill Wolak
and Others will read briefly from their books and display their works...
Also Spring Issue of Pratik; A Magazine of Contemporary Writing to be launched at the Party

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Yuyutsu June 2018 Readings

Thursday, June 7, 2018– 7:00PM - 9:00PM: Yuyutsu Sharma to read in the NYWW First Thursdays Reading Series with Maureen Brady, Tara Isabella Burton and Jessica L. Wilkinson at Red Room, 85 E 4th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10003. Hosted by Tim Tomlinson

Monday, June 11, 2018– 7:00PM - 8:45PM: Yuyutsu Sharma to Feature at Starbucks Little Neck 254'41 Horace Harding Expy Little Neck, NY 11362  (718) 428-2489) Hosted by: James T. Romano

Saturday, June 16 at 2:30 p.m.: the Himalayan poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma Reading as Poet in Residence at Park Plaza Restaurant, 220 Cadman Plaza West Brooklyn Hts., NY 11201 718-596-5900 Free Admission— Open Mic author copy $8 and additional copies $10 each non-author copies $12 each SUBWAYS: 2, 3 to Clark St. A, C to High St. 4, 5 to Borough Hall Hosted by Patricia Carragon

Friday, June 29th, 7pm-9 pm at Yuyutsu Sharma to launch Pratik Magazine, and read his new work at Red Room,85 E 4th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, New York 10003

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Delighted be the Poet-in-residence at The Brownstone Poetry Anthology this year!

Delighted be the Poet-in-residence at The Brownstone Poetry Anthology this year! Yuyutsu Sharma at Brownstone anthology Reading

Friday, May 4, 2018

THE KATHMANDU TRIBUNE NEWS: Pratik resumes its publication after a decade

 The Spring 2018 Issue of Pratik: A Magazine of Contemporary Writing has just been released.

KATHMANDU — The Spring 2018 Issue of Pratik: A Magazine of Contemporary Writing has just been released.
Founded by Nepalese poet, Hari Adhikary and edited by Yuyutsu RD Sharma, the current issue has ‘History & Poetry’  by Columbia University Professor  David Austell as the cover story and a photo feature With All That Is Nepal, a Photo Tribute by  American photographer, Joni Kabana.
The main focus of the Issue is Eight distinguished Chinese Poets including Jidi Majia, Chen Si’An, Duo Duo, Xi Chuan, Zheng Xiaoqiong, Yuan Yongping, Li Yawei, Shen Wei.  Pratik also features famous Indian poet Sitakant Mahapatra, American poets, Tony Barnstone & Jami Proctor Xu.
In addition, Nine Young Nepali Poets including Pramod Snehi, Shyam Rimal, Sahadev Poudel, Padma Gautam, ‘Punya Gautam Bishwas, Keshav Silwal, Bhuwan Thapaliya, Ramesh Shrestha & Arun Budhathoki have also been included to give a flavor of contemporary Nepali poetry.
The issue also includes American critic Stephen Massimilla review of NYU poet and professor Ruth Danon‘s new book, Limitless Tiny Boat and other regular features.
Pratik has been publishing significant Nepalese voices from Nepal and abroad for last two decades. It has published works distinguished Nepali authors like BP Koirala, Bhupi Sherchan, Gopal Prasad Rimal, Tara Nath Sharma, Krishna Bhakta Shrestha, Jagdish Rana, Madhav Ghimire, Shailendra Sakar, Bimal Nibha, Druv Chandra Gautam, Sita Pandey and Durga Lal Shrestha along with several writers of younger generations in the past.
It has also published Special Issues focused on Contemporary British and Dutch Poetry.
The forthcoming Summer 2018 issue of Pratik will have special material on Nepali literature along with a selection of contemporary Poetry from Europe and Ukraine along with a selection of Younger Indian poets as its special attraction.
Pratik is published quarterly. It’s published and distributed by White Lotus Book Shop, Kupondole, Lalitpur, Kathmandu.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Pratik Spring 2018 Issue Released

A Magazine of Contemporary Writing
Spring 2018

History & Poetry

The Making of The Tin Man By
David Austell
With All That Is Nepal
A Photo Tribute by American Photographer
Joni Kabana
Eight Chinese Poets
Jidi Majia Chen Si’An Duo Duo Xi Chuan
Zheng Xiaoqiong Yuan Yongping Li Yawei Shen Wei
Sitakant Mahapatra, Tony Barnstone &
Jami Proctor Xu
Nine Young Nepali Poets :
Pramod Snehi Shyam Rimal Sahadev Poudel Padma Gautam ‘Punya Gautam Bishwas Keshav Silwal Bhuwan Thapaliya, Ramesh Shrestha & Arun Budhathoki

The Lifeblood of Consciousness, of Love  and Loss: Stephen Massimilla on Ruth Danon‘s New Book, Limitless Tiny Boat

Plus all Regular Features

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The 1990 Issue of Pratik was printed in a Letterpress in the heart of Kathmandu

The 1990 Issue of Pratik, printed in a Letterpress near Ganeshsthan run by two brothers in their family house in the heart of Kathmandu

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Special Back Issues of Pratik Magazine now available on and

Pratik: A Magazine of Contemporary Writing

Special British Issue

Guest Editor
Pascale Petit
Yuyutsu Sharma

The Special issue features new poems by 26 leading UK poets: 

Moniza Alvi, Ruth Padel, Robin Robertson, 

Sean O'Brien, David Constantine, Mimi Khalvati,
 Fiona Sampson, Alice Oswald, Daljit Nagra, Patience Agbabi, 
Selima Hill, Matthew Sweeney, Robert Minhinnick,
 Gwyneth Lewis, Les Murray, Tim Liardet, George Szirtes, 
Pascale Petit, John Kinsella, Polly Clark, Nick Laird, Colette Bryce, John Haynes, Carol Rumens, Penelope Shuttle, and W.N. Herbert.

Special Dutch issue

Guest Editor
Harry Zevenbergen

Yuyutsu Sharma

Featuring the Best 
Contemporary Poets from 
the Netherlands

Maarten Das, Cor Gout, Tjitse Hofman, Jeroen Naaktgeboren, Daniel Dee, Reben van Gogh, Tsead Bruinja, Harry Zevenbergen, Bart FM Droog, Frederik Lucien De Laere Pter Holvoet-Hanssen Did De Paris, Andy Fierens, Karin Giphart, Henk van Zuiden, Philip Hoorne, Diana Ozon, Diann van Fassen, F. Starik, Erik Jan Harmens, Simon Vinkenoog, Hans Plomp, Merk van der Torren. Plus A Shared Interviews/Column

Saturday, March 3, 2018

American author, Mark Stephen Levy in Kathmandu with his new book, 'American Maharajah'

Last night I had the honor of introducing American author, Mark Stephen Levy and his new book, 'American Maharajah' at Pilgrims Bookstore in Thamel, Kathmandu!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Upcoming Spring 2018 Issue of Pratik: A Magazine of Contemporary Writing

A Magazine of Contemporary Writing
Spring 2018

History & Poetry

The Making of The Tin Man By
David Austell
With All That Is Nepal
A Photo Tribute by American Photographer
Joni Kabana
Eight Chinese Poets
Jidi Majia Chen Si’An Duo Duo Xi Chuan
Zheng Xiaoqiong Yuan Yongping Li Yawei Shen Wei
Sitakant Mahapatra, Tony Barnstone &
Jami Proctor Xu
Nine Young Nepali Poets
Plus all Regular Features

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Yuyutsu Shama to present Best selling Slovenian Novelist Evlad Flisar's book at World Book Fair New Delhi

Thursday, 11 January
11/1 15:00, at International corner

Presentation of the latest novel by author Evald Flisar, "Words Above the Clouds", published by Nirala (New Delhi). the book will be presented by the editor and Himalayan poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma, and the author, Evald Flisar. Followed by a book signing by the author.
About the novel: During a 12-hour flight from London to Singapore passengers endeavour in increasingly dramatic conversations.
About the author: Evald Flisar (1945, Slovenia) is an acclaimed novelist, playwright, essayist, editor, globe-trotter (travelled in 96 countries), underground train driver in Sydney, editor of (among other publications) an encyclopaedia of science and invention in London, author of short stories and radio plays for the BBC … Various works of his have been translated into 40 languages, among them Bengali, Hindi, Malay, Nepalese, Indonesian, Turkish, Greek, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Dutch, Icelandic, Romanian, Russian, English, German, Italian, Spanish, etc. His stage plays are regularly performed all over the world. In January 2017 he spent three weeks touring India, lecturing at three renowned institutions (National School of Drama in New Delhi, Rabindranath Tagore University in Kolkata, Malayalam University in Kerala), attending productions of two of his plays in Bengali and promoting translations of three of his books in Kerala, Bangalore and Kolkata.

Monday, January 1, 2018

National News Agency, Nepal, A Short Review of New Edition of Some Female Yeti & Other Poem/The Kathmandu Tribune

New edition of poetry on the 1990 Democratic Upsurge issued

KATHMANDU — The new edition of the world-renowned Himalayan poet, Yuyutsu Sharma’s book, Some Female Yeti & Other Poems has been released recently. This is third poetry collection written during 1990 Democratic Upsurge in Nepal.
The book includes the poems well known in Nepali literary circles including “Gopal Prasad Rimal,” “Laxmi Lekali,” “Buddha,” “The Democracy,” Tihar, “Pashupati,” “Kathmandu,” “The Mother of Stars,” “Swoyambhu,” and “The Temple.”
Divided into two segments, “The Secret of the Mountains” and “Fire Festivals,” the book explores fresher contexts of human struggle, fusing personal and public to conjure a vision of suffering humanity.
The poems deal with the specific era of Nepali history when women were raped and human rights were abused. In the last section of the book, the poet evokes the image of his beloved poet Gopal Prasad Rimal whose prophetic lines ring a vital cord in the heart of Nepalese society even today, “ A day comes but once in an Age.”
In journalist and media person, Sharad Pradhan’s words, “Yuyutsu’s poetry has long been a part of the Nepalese consciousness: we use his more aphoristic lines as a paradigm of contemporary Nepali political and social changes.”
Poems in the collection represent Yuyutsu Sharma’s earlier Nepalese polity focused work before he started travelling to the Himalayas and in the last decade became known as a Himalayan poet for travelling the globe and reading and teaching poetry all over the world. He has published seven more collections, including most discussed, Annapurna Poems, Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems and A Blizzard in my Bones: New York Poems.
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, his books have been translated into French, German, Slovenian, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Hebrew and Chinese.
0He has held workshops in creative writing and translation at Queen’s University, Belfast, University of Ottawa and South Asian Institute, New York University, New York, Heidelberg University, Germany, University of California, Davis, Sacramento State University, California and Columbia University, New York. RSS
    The Kathmandu Tribune

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Ashtabula: A Love Sutra by Yuyutsu Sharma

Snow bites my numb toes
as I walk over your frozen edge.
Rusting arc of the drawbridge
and the aqua of freedom glory
that swept away the stench
of the bleak history onto open Ontarios.

The motion of mighty waves has frozen
into a nudist grin, miles and miles
of white silence that has eaten your limbs.
The blackbird of shiny eyes and velvet features
perching atop your broad shoulders,
you lay bloodless, in tears,
a young widow, your own eyes
besmirched from the loss
of flaming fish of infernal colors.
I turned my head
to the doors of hunger
in your white flesh,
my fingers roving over
the mouth of the wide conch shell
of your navel from where once fluids flowed,
Ohio myrtle syrup diluted with an aroma of Oriental poppies.
One by one they wriggled out of it and
slithered onto their wailing wives . . .
I dipped my mouth into
the saucer below and fell
headlong, a wayward hunter,
into the depths of your hidden
estuaries that can feed
almost everyone on this earth . . .
I saw you shudder
like a lioness
into an erratic groaning,
about to push me off the edge.
“Do not do this.
Do not confuse my powers
as a lover with my love for you . . .”
The flurries of Midwest
sullied my face, my black coat
dotted from the flaming flakes
of Ohio snow, the winds tousled
my dark head as I slept on
the floral plains of your wide belly
like a baby in a womb
seeing his youth in a dream . . .

@Yuyutsu Sharma

From The Brownstone Poets Anthology, 2017