Dissenting Diaspora: a performance by YaliniDream and a reading by V.V. Ganeshananthan
YaliniDream conjures spirit through her unique blend of poetry, theater, song, and dance-- reshaping reality and seeking peace through justice in the lands of earth, psyche, soul, and dream. One of the South Asian diaspora’s most prominent performance poets, her work has been performed at theater venues such as NYC's Lincoln Center and New York Live, Manchester’s Contact Theater, Houston’s Diverse Works, Chicago’s Vittum Theater; poetry venues such as NYC’s Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, Minneapolis’s The Loft, London’s Royal Vauxhall Tavern, and at Yale University (USA), University of Manchester (UK), Loyola College (India), and University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka) . As a movement artist, YaliniDream applies a hybrid aesthetic drawing upon ballet, modern, jazz; South Asian folk, classical and contemporary traditions; as well as U.S. urban forms such as hip hop & house. She holds a BA in Plan II Honors and another in Theater with a concentration in Acting & Directing from the University of Texas, Austin.
V.V. Ganeshananthan, a fiction writer and journalist, is a graduate of Harvard College, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the M.A. program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she was a Bollinger Fellow specializing in arts and culture journalism. Her work has appeared in Granta, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review, Sepia Mutiny, Himal Southasian, and The American Prospect, among others. She previously taught creative writing at Skidmore College. She now teaches at the University of Michigan, where she is the Zell Visiting Professor of Creative Writing. Random House published her first novel, Love Marriage, in April 2008. The book was long-listed for the Orange Prize and named one of Washington Post Book World’s Best of 2008, as well as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick.
Hosted by CSAS, Cosponsored by the Center for World Performance Studies and the MFA Program at the Department of English
Free and Open to the Public