About the event

Join us for "Indo-Caribbean Stories: Sharing, Recording, and Archiving Stories of the West Indies & Movement to the USA" at the Queens Library at Richmond Hill for an afternoon of community stories.

There is heavy rain in the forecast for Saturday, but our “Indo-Caribbean Stories” event will happen rain or shine. In fact, what better place to be than in the library listening to community stories? Join us for:

• Live readings by award-winning author Gaiutra Bahadur and poet Rajiv Mohabir from their new book

• Record your family story for inclusion in the South Asian American Digital Archive!

This event is free and open to the public, but please click here to RSVP.

Award-winning author and scholar, Gaiutra Bahadur (Yale, Columbia, Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy, et al.), joins the October 27th Indo-Caribbean Stories event, five years after the release of her internationally beloved book, “Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture,” a personal history of indenture. Her work serves as an anchor of research to the Indo-Caribbean community, and Coolie Woman was shortlisted in 2014 for the Orwell Prize, the British literary prize for artful political writing. Her debut fiction, the short story “The Stained Veil,” appears in the anthology Go Home! (New York: The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2018) Read more about her Gaiutra and her bio here.     

Rajiv Mohabir, Professor of Poetry and award-winning author (Kundman Prize; Best American Poetry; Academy of American Poet’s Prize; Bamboo Ridge Journal Editor’s Choice Award, and others), joins us from Auburn University in Alabama. Winner of the inaugural chapbook prize by Ghostbird Press for Acoustic Traumahe is the author of three other multilingual chapbooks: Thunder in the Courtyad: Kajari PoemsA Veil You’ll Cast Aside, na mash me bone, and na bad-eye me. Selected by Brenda Shaughnessy for the 2014 Intro Prize in Poetry by Four Way Books for his book entitled The Taxidermistʻs Cut (Spring 2016), Rajiv Mohabir's first collection was a finalist for the 2017 Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry. Read more about Rajiv and his bio here.

Presented by the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA). Made possible with support from The City Amplified: Oral Histories and Radical Archiving research team as part of the Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research from the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY; and in partnership with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University.

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News clip for a recent event featuring Gaiutra & Rajiv in Queens, March, 2018.

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