P&P Live! Poetry Reading: Singing in the Dark A Global Anthology of Poetry under Lockdown

Upcoming Event
Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 12:00pm

Nishi Chawla, K. Satchidanandan, and contributors read and discuss their poetic contributions to SINGING IN THE DARK on P&P Live!

Singing in the Dark: A Global Anthology of Poetry under Lockdown brings together the finest of poetic responses to the coronavirus pandemic. More than a hundred of the world’s most esteemed poets reflect upon a crisis that has dramatically altered our lives, and laid bare our vulnerabilities. The poems capture all its dimensions: the trauma of solitude, the unexpected transformation in the expression of interpersonal relationships, the even sharper visibility of the class divide, the marvellous revival of nature and the profound realization of the transience of human existence. The moods vary from quiet contemplation and choking anguish to suppressed rage and cautious celebration in an anthology that serves as an aesthetic archive of a strange era in human history.

Nishi Chawla is an academician and a writer. She has six collections of poetry, ten plays, two screenplays, two novels, and a feature movie, to her credit. She holds a PhD in English from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C.. She has also done a post doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. After nearly 20 years as a tenured professor of English at Delhi University, India, she had migrated with her family to a suburb of Washington D.C. She taught at the University of Maryland from 1999 until 2014. She is now on the faculty of Thomas Edison State University. Nishi Chawla's plays get staged both in India and in USA. She has recently completed making an independent movie on intercultural love titled, "Mixed Up," and is working on another one on mental issues.

K. Satchidanandan is a leading Indian poet. He is also perhaps the most translated of contemporary Indian poets, with 32 collections of translation in nineteen languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, English, Irish, French, German, and Italian, besides all the major Indian languages. He has authored 24 collections of poetry, four books of travel, a full-length play, and a collection of one-act plays, as well as two books for children and several collections of critical essays, including five books in English on Indian literature besides several collections of world poetry in translation. He has been a professor of English, and also the chief executive of the Sahitya Akademi, director of the School of Translation Studies, Indira Gandhi Open University, Delhi, and national fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. He is a fellow of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi and has won 52 literary awards from different states and countries.


Stanley H. Barkan, the poet/translator/editor/publisher of the Cross-Cultural Review Series of World Literature and Art, has, till 2019, his 49th anniversary year, produced some 475 titles in 59 different languages. His own work has been translated into 28 different languages, and published in 25 collections, several of them bilingual (Bulgarian, Chinese, Dutch, Italian, Persian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Sicilian). In 2006, He was invited to be the first solo featured poet at the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea, Wales, by Peter Thabit Jones, poet/editor of The Seventh Quarry. He lives with his artist wife, Bebe, in Merrick, Long Island, near his son and daughter and five grandchildren.

Amanda Bell is a poet and writer based in Dublin, Ireland. Her books include Undercurrents (Alba Publishing, 2016) a haibun collection which received second prize in the HSA’s Merit Book Award and was shortlisted for a Touchstone Distinguished Books Award; The Lost Library Book (Onslaught Press, 2017) which is creative non-fiction for children; First the Feathers (Doire Press, 2017) which was shortlisted for the Shine Strong Award for best first collection in Ireland; and the loneliness of the sasquatch: a transcreation from the Irish of Gabriel Rosenstock (Alba, 2018). In 2021 two new books are due: Revolution, a chapbook of haiku and photographs, from Wildflower Poetry Press, and The Value of Cut Flowers, a poetry collection from Doire Press.

Yiorgos Chouliaras is a Greek poet, essayist, prose writer, and translator. In 2014, he was awarded an Academy of Athens prize for his innovative writing and for his work in its entirety. His poetry in translation has been published in leading periodicals and anthologies, such as Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, World Literature Today, and Modern European Poets, and in Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Sweden, and Turkey among other countries. Born in Thessaloniki, he studied and worked mostly in New York, before returning to Athens from Dublin. He has worked as a university lecturer, advisor to cultural institutions, correspondent, and press counselor at Greek diplomatic missions. He has been elected President of the Hellenic Authors’ Society, the principal association of literary writers in Greece.

Max Garland is an American poet whose most recent book is The Word We Used for It, winner of the 2017-18 Brittingham Poetry Prize. Previous books include The Postal Confessions, winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry, and Hunger Wide as Heaven, which won the Cleveland State Poetry Center Open Competition. He has received an NEA Poetry Fellowship, a Michener Fiction fellowship, inclusion in Best American Short Stories, and fellowships in both poetry and fiction from the Wisconsin Arts Board. Born and raised in western Kentucky, where he worked as a rural letter carrier on the route where he was born, he is Professor Emeritus at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and the former Poet Laureate of Wisconsin.

Taslima Nasrin is a well known Bangladeshi feminist author who wrote "Lajja." She now lives in India.

Barbara Oppenheimer is an American poet and a retired social worker whose poetry reflects her interest in contemporary social problems, including the unequal distribution of justice and income and healthcare. Her empathy for the underprivileged is evident in her poetry which often involves the downtrodden and the mentally ill.

AMIR OR, the 2020 Golden Wreath laureate, has been recognized as a major voice in world literature. His poetry won him national and international awards, the recent ones including the 2016 European Atlas of Lyrics award, the 2017 Blue-Met Montreal World Through Poetry award and the 2019 Homer European Medal of Art and Poetry. Or was born in Tel Aviv, 1956, studied Philosophy and Comparative Religion in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and lectured there on Ancient Greek Religion. He published 14 poetry books, the latest being Wings (2015) and Child (2018). His work was translated to 50 languages, and published in 36 books in Europe, America and Asia. He also published 2 novels, and 12 volumes of his translations to Hebrew from Ancient Greek, English and other languages. His selected translations From the Hebrew Side was published in 2017, and his selected essays, Discourse – in 2019. Or is the founder of Helicon Poetry Society, the Hebrew-Arabic Poetry School, the Sha'ar international poetry festival and the Helicon poetry review. He has served as national coordinator of the U.N.-sponsored Poets for Peace, as national editor for international magazines, and as editor of Catuv poetry series.

Diane Wilbon Parks is a visual poet and artist. She has written two poetry collections and a children’s Book. Diane is the founder of The Write Blend, a culturally diverse poetry circle, and was recognized as a 2020 Prince George’s County Poet of Excellence. She celebrated the permanent installation of one of her poems and artwork as a permanent sign at the Patuxent Research Refuge - North Tract. Diane’s poetry has been widely featured and highlighted in the DMV, the Poetry Poster Project which was exhibited throughout Maryland. Diane has been a longstanding literary advocate and leader in the poetry community. Her poetry is included the International Anthology, “Singing in the Dark”. She is also included in the 43rd and 44th Anniversary of Grace Cavalieri’s "The Poet and the Poem" at the Library of Congress. Diane is a USAF Veteran and Sr. IT Program Manager.

Sudeep Sen is an indian poet His prize-winning books include: Postmarked India: New & Selected Poems (HarperCollins), Rain, Aria (A. K. Ramanujan Translation Award), Fractals: New & Selected Poems | Translations 1980-2015 (London Magazine Editions), EroText (Vintage: Penguin Random House), and Kaifi Azmi: Poems | Nazms (Bloomsbury). He has edited influential anthologies, including: The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry (editor), World English Poetry, and Modern English Poetry by Younger Indians (Sahitya Akademi). Anthropocene: Climate Change, Contagion, Consolation;, Blue Nude: Ekphrasis & New Poems (Jorge Zalamea International Poetry Prize) and The Whispering Anklets are forthcoming. Sen’s works have been translated into over 25 languages. His words have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, Newsweek, Guardian, Observer, Independent, Telegraph, Financial Times, Herald, Poetry Review, Literary Review, Harvard Review, Hindu, Hindustan Times, Times of India, Indian Express, Outlook, India Today, and broadcast on bbc, pbs, cnn ibn, ndtv, air & Doordarshan. Sen’s newer work appears in New Writing 15 (Granta), Language for a New Century (Norton), Leela: An Erotic Play of Verse and Art (Collins), Indian Love Poems (Knopf/Random House/Everyman), Out of Bounds (Bloodaxe), Initiate: Oxford New Writing (Blackwell), and Name me a Word (Yale). He is the editorial director of AARK ARTS, editor of Atlas, and currently the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Museo Camera. Sen is the first Asian honoured to deliver the Derek Walcott Lecture and read at the Nobel Laureate Festival. The Government of India awarded him the senior fellowship for “outstanding persons in the field of culture/literature.”

Les Wicks’ 14th book of poetry is Belief (Flying Islands, 2019). For 45 years Les has been active in the Australian literary community.  He has been a guest at a substantial list of international festivals. Publication has been seen in over 350 different newspapers, anthologies and magazines across 32 countries in 15 languages. Stylistically, the poet sits between camps. Seen as both a “stage” and “page” poet, his work is a mix of accessibility and dense use of language. He is a master of capturing the vernacular. Poems are both humorous and fierce, often in the same poem. Equally well known is his work as a publisher and editor. Australia saw Artransit which put poetry/art into Sydney and Newcastle buses but that is just one of dozens of similar roles: some predictable like literary magazines while others range as far afield as publishing a poem on the surface of a river. The most recent publication is To End All Wars (Puncher & Wattmann, Nov 2018). He has coordinated workshops across Australia.

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