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Virtual Event: Launch for 'This Is One Way to Dance' by Sejal Shah, with Cathy Park Hong and Sarah Gambito

Virtual Event: Launch for 'This Is One Way to Dance' by Sejal Shah, with Cathy Park Hong and Sarah Gambito

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
279 Harvard Street
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA 02446-2908

This event will take place virtually on Crowdcast. Click the button above to register for this virtual event.

The Transnational Literature Series is thrilled to host the launch event for This Is One Way to Dance by Sejal Shah. This event is co-sponsored by Kundiman.

This Is One Way to Dance draws on Shah’s ongoing interests in ethnicity and place: the geographic and cultural distances between people, both real and imagined. Her memoir in essays emerges as Shah wrestles with her experiences growing up and living in western New York, an area of stark racial and economic segregation, as the daughter of Gujarati immigrants from India and Kenya. These essays also trace her movement over twenty years from student to teacher and meditate on her travels and life in New England, New York City, and the Midwest, as she considers what it means to be of a place or from a place, to be foreign or familiar.

Sejal Shah is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in fiction. Her essays and stories have appeared in Brevity, Conjunctions, the Kenyon Review, Literary Hub, the Rumpus, and the collection Under Her Skin: How Girls Experience Race in America, among other publications. She has taught creative writing at the University of Rochester, Mount Holyoke College, and elsewhere. She lives in Rochester, New York.

Moderator Cathy Park Hong is the author most recently of Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning. She is also the author of poetry collections Engine Empire, published in 2012 by W.W. Norton, Dance Dance Revolution, chosen by Adrienne Rich for the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Translating Mo’um. Hong is the recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her poems have been published in Poetry, A Public Space, Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Baffler, Yale Review, The Nation, and other journals. She is the poetry editor of the New Republic and is a professor at Rutgers-Newark University.

Sarah Gambito is the author of Matadora (Alice James Books) and Delivered (Persea Books). A recipient of grants and fellowships from The New York Foundation for the Arts, Urban Artists Initiative and The MacDowell Colony, she is Associate Professor and Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University. She is the co-founder of Kundiman, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature.