Amarnath Ravva

California, United States

Member Since: 08/04/2015

Blending myth with interviews and first-person narrative, California-based writer Amarnath Ravva’s American Canyon, published by Kaya Press in 2014, uses prose, documentary footage and still photos to recount the fragmented and ever-evolving story of one person’s apprehension of the ghosts of history. This narrative of a son’s love for his mother and the ritual he performs for her takes us from California to Rameswaram, the southern tip of the Indian peninsula. It is a meditation on the moments in history that placed him in front of a small bright fire, a lament for the continual loss of those who, by remembering, let us know who we are.

Ravva has performed at LACMA, Machine Project, the MAK Center at the Schindler House, New Langton Arts, the Hammer Museum, USC, Pomona, CalArts and the Sorbonne. In addition to his writing practice, he is a member of the site-specific ambient music supergroup Ambient Force 3000 and for the past ten years he has helped run and curate events at Betalevel, a venue for social experimentation and hands-on culture located in Los Angeles’ Chinatown.


Twitter Username: @amarravva


  • American Canyon , Kaya Press (October 1, 2014)


  • Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from U.C. Berkeley (June 2000)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Writing/Integrated Media from California Institute of the Arts (June 2004)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry