We’re so proud and feel extremely lucky to announce the Nepal book launch of Old Demons, New Deities: Twenty-one short stories from Tibet edited by Tenzin Dickie. The event is at 5:30pm, Thursday, June 27, at The Taragaon Museum in Boudha.

Old Demons, New Deities is the first of its kind: a collection of short fiction by Tibetan writers from Tibet, Nepal, India, China, and North America covering over 40 years of Tibetan literature. The writers in this anthology write in Tibetan, English and Chinese; so many of these stories are translated from the original language into English.

For the non-Tibetan audience, these stories give us something beyond the one-dimensional representation of Tibetans in popular culture. They show us a diverse and complex array of authentic Tibetan experiences. The stories feel familiar and new. They feel urgent and important. For the Tibetan readers, as Tenzin Dickie, so beautifully states, “[these stories] do something a great deal more. They examine and explain our heartbreak– the heartbreak of our occupation, our exile, our diaspora– and in doing so, they give us comfort, clarity, and a measure of belonging.”

Join us for an intimate evening of celebrating Tibet in Kathmandu. The editor, Tenzin Dickie, will be in conversation with KathaSatha’s Muna Gurung. There will also be music, poetry by young Tibetans, and momos! We look forward to seeing you there.

This event is jointly organized by KathaSatha and Taragaon Museum.

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Tenzin Dickie
Photo: Sagar Chhetri

Tenzin Dickie is a writer, translator and editor. She is an editor at The Treasury of Lives, a biographical encyclopedia of Tibet, Inner Asia and the Himalayan Region. She was an ALTA fellow of the American Literary Translators’ Association and currently a Fulbright fellow in Kathmandu. She holds an MFA in Fiction and Literary Translation from Columbia and a BA in English Literature from Harvard.

Photos by Sagar Chhetri

WHAT IS LIT DINNER?
Simply put, a small gathering of folks who love food and / in / around literature. KathaSatha and Everfresh by nuwa estate coffee are teaming up to serve you a delicious 3-course meal curated with select dishes and drinks featured in the evening’s literary text. For our first lit dinner, we will be eating with the characters of Shradha Ghale’s debut novel, The Wayward Daughter. Shradha will also be attending the dinner party.

WHY LIT DINNER?
Have you ever read a book that has left you hungry? We have!

All great works of literature have food, and it’s no mere accident. What we eat says a lot about our cultures, identities, histories, place, time and class. When we create recipes around the food that a story’s characters eat, we engage and experience the text in a more meaningful and memorable way. lit dinner is about bringing literary texts to the table and sharing with one another new foods and moments from the book. And also, we love a good literary party.

DO I NEED TO READ THE BOOK BEFOREHAND?
Not at all! This is not a book club. But the author will be reading parts of the book throughout dinner. So please come hungry for food and words!

IS THERE A DRESS CODE?
No. Be comfortable. We suggest elastic waist bands. Or, no waist bands at all. AND, should you wish to dress the part of a 90s kid from Kathmandu, you will be king (forever).

HOW MUCH FOR THIS LIT FARE?
Just Rs. 1,500 per person for the entire evening that also includes one alcoholic/non-alcoholic welcome drink. Extra beers and wines will be available for purchase at dinner.

We have SUPER limited seating. First come, first served. Please use this RSVP form to respond no later than Thursday, 12NOON, June 13, 2019. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdB_lsBR1PifqXt9QJPTjTL_NZ_Ha8Z6uSLGy5dtjiC_TcctQ/viewform

Everfresh Cafe, Pani Pokhari (in the premises of Le Sherpa)
Friday, June 14, 2019
6:30PM: Arrival
7PM: Dinner served

Photos by Sagar Chhetri

Poet, Christina Olivares, and writer/translator, Muna Gurung, in conversation at A Song Rises in Me. The two chatted about the process of writing; the hardness of book publishing + MFA programs; & the importance + softness of creating a community of writers, love, conjuring curiosities & humans, and lots and lots of laughter.

Kathmandu’s women Word Warriors also performed at the event, including a musical debut performance of Ruby & Ruby.

*This event was an all women performance held at Everfresh Cafe in Pani Pokhari.*

    

In this generative one-day masterclass with Christina Olivares, we’ll be engaging all of our senses—and permitting those senses to connect with dreams and memory— to create poems that “make sense” of place, time, body, and self. We will play with abstract, lyrical and narrative kinds of poem-making, and participants will have the freedom to develop a mini-sequence that sensually locates a particular moment in time.

CHRISTINA OLIVARES is the author of No Map of the Earth Includes Stars, winner of the 2014 Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize, of Interrupt, a chaplet published by Belladonna* Collaborative, and of the forthcoming full-length Seed/Archive (tentatively titled), winner of the Vinyl/Yes Yes 2014 prize. She has received two Travel and Study Grants from the Jerome Foundation, a 2015 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency, and has just won a 2018 Bronx Council on the Arts Nonfiction grant. Olivares is a queer Cubanx-American poet and K-12 educator from the Bronx in New York City.

DATE: Friday, July 20, 2018
TIME: 10-3PM (w/ 1 hour break from 12-1pm.)
VENUE: Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya, Patan Dhoka.
FEE: Rs. 1,000
APPLICATION: Due no later than 12noon on THURSDAY, 19th July. *We’ll be selecting 12 participants for this masterclass.*

Apply HERE

WOW- Women of the World – is a global movement of festivals and the people who make them. It is a festival of talks, debates, performances, activism, workshops, food, music, exhibitions, mentoring and more. WOW festivals are high-profile, mainstream platforms to celebrate women and girls, and look at the obstacles they face across the world. They are a place where hundreds of women’s stories can be shared, feelings vented, minds influenced and fun had. Each WOW is for everyone, bold and broad-based in approach, lively and serious, bringing together of people from all corners of society.

We’re going to be at WOW Kathmandu 2018 festival!
 

We believe that a place is shaped by its stories and a story is shaped by many places. Armed with three large maps of Kathmandu and Nepal, we’ll be collecting personal stories + memories that are tied to specific physical spaces. Come share your story with us. Come write amongst Kathmandu’s fiercest women.

Venue: IOE, Pulchowk Campus
Time: 11AM onwards
Download program schedule
https://www.facebook.com/events/177033996404258

Writing Workshop for Quixote Cove’s Staff/Team
June 21-23, 2017

The focus of the workshop will be to understand our own writing processes. We may think that we don’t have a set process, but we all do; having no concrete process is still a process. We will tap into conscious and unconscious thoughts through various writing exercises that may help us get closer to clarifying the transference of thoughts into words that eventually meet a reader’s eyes.

With the help of various fiction (prose, poetry, plays) and non-fictional texts (memoirs, essays, graphic stories), we will explore our relationship with self, with our audience(s), voice and style, and work towards structuring our thoughts in writing in a way that serves us (and the entire world!) better.

Also, we may or may not have ice-cream at the end of the workshop.

Writing is serious business #DontTellUsToSmile

 

*KathaSatha offers closed-group writing workshops as staff trainings and team-building exericses for organizations. Please enquire for customised sessions: kathasatha@gmail.com*

 

 

We went to Yangshila, Morang, to visit our friends at KTK-BELT Studio, who are doing incredible work of building outdoor learning grounds over 100 acres of Terai and Mahabharat range lands.

 

 

 

While in Yangshila, we worked with 22 bright-eyed students from Sawitri High School in Yangshila, Morang. These young writers came to the workshop from grades 6 through 9: we learned to snap our fingers, write about our favourite foods, listen to tall tales collected on the Sikti Trail, make up stories of people we have never met, and giggle while listening to our own recorded voices. All in all, an excellent hot afternoon of writing.

 

A Writing Workshop with Muna Gurung from KathaSatha
in collaboration with Srijanalaya & Word Warriors for Kathmandu Triennale 2017

March 30- April 1, 2017

Magic doesn’t simply happen, it’s created. They liken these magic moments in art and writing to serendipitous accidents that catch and hold the eye, the ears and the heart. But accidents need not be rootless; accidents can be intentional and purposeful. They can be created and curated. This workshop aims to demystify the creative process. Participants will take playful risks with words by stretching their boundaries of storytelling through a series of guided exercises that enable them to create serendipitous moments in their work.

*Open to writers, poets, musicians, artists writing in Nepali and English. Please note that instructions and conversations during the workshop will be carried out in English.*

                

One of our favourite writing exercises is to use Joe Brainard’s epic poem, “I Remember,” as a structural tool to collect memories, secrets, stories, and warm up our writing muscles. Here are “I Remember” excerpts from some participants of Birds of a Feather: Stories of Home & Migrations, a writing workshop in collaboration w/ Queens Memory Project, July 29, 2016:

 

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I remember when I arrived [in] this country and everything called my attention.
I remember when I went to Time Square to look at tourists watching me.
I remember when my sister talked to me about life and what we could do with ours.
I remember my grandmother making orange juice and scolding her grandchildren for riding bikes for miles when she had breakfast prepared for us.
I remember making a mud cake in a place house in the lilac bushes.
I remember sneaking upstairs in my grandparents’ farmhouse and putting on wooden Dutch clogs– how they swallowed my tiny feet.
I remember finding the Dutch clogs years later, after my grandmother came home from the Haitian mission, and expecting them to swallow my feet. To my amazement they didn’t fit.
I remember tearing the pages out of my journal that weren’t happy enough.
I remember going to Girl Scouts and not joining because I was afraid to speak.
I remember moving to Brooklyn and my dad asking me why the bridge was packed. It was Pride Weekend. I didn’t want to try and explain.
I remember making friends with a fuzzy black cat who hung around the church next door.
I remember sitting alone in my room, using my cabinet as a computer desk, and my blow-up mattress all lumpy.
I remember the trick step on the 3rd floor and the Barbie pink walls.
I remember the day my family left me behind.
I remember strangers look at me with sympathetic stares.
I remember the day when I looked at my mom as though she was a stranger.
I remember the nice guy sitting next to me on the plane who offered me his grapefruit juice.
I remember walking on the ledge watching Harlem spread out in front of me.
I remember my father telling me, “This will be your last shoulder ride kid,” too many times.
I remember the story of the war was the same as what I had read the day before and the day before that. It wasn’t going to get any better until it ended. The end of the war would signify another, different problem. But his daughter is here and he loves her as much as he could love anyone.
I remember my hot, NYC outings: sizzling, scorching, steaming mid-day sojourns with my Irish mother to the East River paradise awaiting just the two of us.

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What do YOU remember? We hope you take some time to write your own “I Remember” poem.