F235. CANCELLED: Women Poets Sharing Their Success Stories and Immigrant Experiences through Poetry

Room 216A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


This event will share the creative journey and poetry of five immigrant female poets, who have paved their way to success, despite their challenges and setbacks. Their journey is inspiring, and their stories must be told to inspire others. Much has been said about how immigration affects a writer's creative pursuit, and about the challenges of immigrant writers. But here, we explore the other side of this phenomenon, that enables the writers beyond borders to draw their roadmap to success.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2020_Program_Outline_-_KSC.pdf



Kalpna Singh-Chitnis is the author of four books and the editor in chief of Life and Legends. Her work has appeared in notable journals and her poetry has been translated into many languages. Her awards include the Bihar Rajbhasha Award, Rajiv Global Excellence Award, and Naji Naaman Literary Award.

Shadab Zeest Hashmi, author of Ghazal Cosmopolitan, Kohl & Chalk, and Baker of Tarifa, is the winner of the San Diego Book Award and the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize. Her work has been published worldwide and has been translated into Spanish, Turkish, and Urdu. She has an MFA from Warren Wilson.

Deema K. Shehabi is the author of Thirteen Departures from the Moon and coeditor with Beau Beausoleil of Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, for which she received the NCBR Recognition Award. She's also coauthor with Marilyn Hacker of Diaspo/Renga. She won the Nazim Hizkmet Poetry Prize in 2018.

Padma Venkatraman is the author of three critically acclaimed novels (A Time to Dance, Climbing the Stairs, and Island's End), which have won several awards and honors. Her latest, The Bridge Home, was released to five-starred reviews (PW, Kirkus, SLJ, SLC, Booklist) and is a Global Read Aloud.

Usha Akella, poet, has authored six books. She earned an MSt in Creative Writing at Cambridge University, UK. The founder of Matwaala, the first South Asian Poetry Festival and the Poetry Caravan in NY and Austin, she was selected as a Cultural Ambassador for Austin in 2019.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center