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An Evening with Chaya Bhuvaneswar & Jennifer Baker
July 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm$10
Join Chaya Bhuvaneswar and Jennifer Baker for a remarkable night of readings and a discussion about diverse voices by women of color in contemporary American fiction.
NB: The first twenty people who purchase full-price tickets for this event online will receive a signed copy of Bhuvaneswar’s book, White Dancing Elephants, at the event on July 31st.
Chaya Bhuvaneswar is a practicing physician, writer, and PEN American award finalist whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in many national and international journals. Her work was recently selected for inclusion in Best Small Fictions. Her poetry and prose juxtapose Hindu epics, other myths and histories, and the survival of sexual harassment and racialized sexual violence by diverse women of color.
In sixteen remarkable stories, Chaya Bhuvaneswar spotlights diverse women of color―cunning, bold, and resolute―facing sexual harassment and racial violence, and occasionally inflicting that violence on each other. Winner of the 2017 Dzanc Short Story Collection Prize, White Dancing Elephants marks the emergence of a new and original voice in fiction and explores feminist, queer, religious, and immigrant stories with precision, drama, and compassion.
Jennifer Baker is the recipient of a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship and a 2017 Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant (as well as the QCA Jr. Board Artistic Excellence Award) in Nonfiction Literature for her WIP essay collection. Her essay “What We Aren’t” was also listed as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2018.
Baker works as a production editor, is a contributing editor to Electric Literature, and is the creator and host of the podcast Minorities in Publishing (a finalist for the 2018 Digital Book World Best Use of Podcasting in Book Marketing). She is the editor of Everyday People: The Color of Life—A Short Story Anthology with Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Her short story “The Pursuit of Happiness” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for 2017 by Newtown Literary Journal. Baker was panel organizer and social media manager for We Need Diverse Books, a non-profit organization that sprang to life from the #WeNeedDiverseBooks media campaign to increase minority representation in literature.