Nepali Anglophone Writing: Five Writers from the Nepali Diaspora

Room 2211, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
10:35 am to 11:50 am


The event will feature five Nepali immigrant anglophone writers writing in the United States and Canada: Rohan Chhetri, Khem Aryal, Samyak Shertok, Pushpa Raj Acharya, Saraswati Lamichhane. Spanning genres from poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, they will discuss the challenges of writing Nepali diasporic lives in North America drawing roots from Nepal and India, and their role as translators and anthology editors in building a robust and complex representation of Nepali literature in English and in translation.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Event_Outline-24_Nepali_Anglophone_Writing.pdf



Khem K. Aryal is the author of a short story collection The In-Betweeners (Braddock Ave Books, 2023) and editor of an anthology South to South (Texas Review Press, 2023). He teaches creative writing at Arkansas State University, where he also serves as creative materials editor of Arkansas Review.

Rohan Chhetri is the author of Lost, Hurt, or in Transit Beautiful (Tupelo Press/HarperCollins). A recipient of a 2021 PEN/Heim Grant for translation, his poems have appeared in the Paris Review, AGNI, Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day, and Revue Europe, among others.

Pushparaj Acharya has published poetry collections in Nepali and English: Chāyākāla (FinePrint, 2006) and Dream Catcher (Vajra, 2012). Acharya collaborated with an artist and other poets in Somnio: The Way We See It (TiPSY Press, 2015). He has written screenplays and documentary scripts.

Samyak Shertok's poems appear in Blackbird, Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, Waxwing, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from Aspen Words, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Saraswoti Lamichhane is a coauthor of Six String: A Joint Anthology of Poems and her work appears in various anthologies and journals. She has lived in Nepal, Toronto, and now lives and writes in Alberta, Canada.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center