R218. South Asian Experience in the American South

Room 007C, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


What does it mean to be living and writing in the American South as South Asian diasporic authors? In this session, five panelists with South Asian roots will read from their fiction and nonfiction works set in the American South. Their works will showcase not only the experiences of people of South Asian heritage living in the South as depicted in the panelists’ works but also the panelists’ own interpretation of the American South as it pertains to literary production.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Event_Outline_South_Asian_Experience_in_the_American_South.pdf



Khem K. Aryal writes fiction and poetry. His fiction has appeared in such journals as IsthmusHawaii Pacific ReviewPoydras ReviewNortheast Review, and Warscapes. He is the author of two poetry books, Epic Teashop and Kathmandu Saga, and teaches creative writing at Arkansas State University.

Parul Kapur Hinzen is a fiction writer and book critic. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, Newsday, Guernica, and Slate. Her first novel manuscript was a finalist for the 2013 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize. She has an MFA from Columbia and is working on a novel set in 1960s India.

Soniah Kamal's novel Unmarriageable received praise from NPR, NYJB, WIRO, People, and more. Her debut, An Isolated Incident, was shortlisted for literary prizes. She has bylines in the New York Times, Guardian, Buzzfeed, Catapult, and Best Asian Short Stories Anthology 2017 and is a Pushcart nominee.

Aruni Kashyap is a writer, translator, and poet, author of The House with a Thousand Stories and His Father's Disease. He translates from the Indian language Assamese to English and is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Georgia.

Padma Viswanathan's novels, The Toss of a Lemon and The Ever After of Ashwin Rao, have been published in eight countries. Her translation of St. Bernardo, a novel by Graciliano Ramos, was published by NYRB in 2019. She teaches creative writing at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center