Advance signups recommended by calling 510-981-6148. Join us in the 4th floor Story Room for an exciting cultural and writing workshop with Himalayan poet Yuyutsu R.D. Sharma. Using mantras, prayers, folk music and striking panoramic slides of Nepal from his book, Nepal Trilogy, itinerant poet, anthologist, and translator, Yuyutsu, will discuss the oral and folk traditions of the Himalayas and read poems from his travels in three regions of the Himalayas --Everest, Annapurnas and Helambu. Reading from his books of poetry, Annapurna Poems and Milarepa’s Bones, Helambu, and more recent, Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems, Yuyutsu will share Nepal's history and describe how poets have played key roles in the making of Nepal and ushering in democracy. Yulyutsu's books will be available for sale and autographing. Attendance limited to 50 people. Advance Signups Recommended by calling 510-981-6148.First come, first served at the door if seats available.
Yuyutsu was a shaman in his childhood. He spent time with the Himalayan sages as his father was a devout follower of certain religious holy men who do not stay in one place more than a couple of days. He believes his current wandering poet's path is a result of his association with Naga ascetics. In the workshop, Yuyutsu will read poetry from his recent travel books, Space Cake Amsterdam and Other Poems from Europe and North America and A Blizzard in my Bones: New York Poems, and will discuss the art of writing poems as the poet travels across continents.
Yuyutsu is the 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, Yuyutsu RD Sharma is an internationally acclaimed South Asian poet and translator. He has published nine poetry collections.
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