Borders & Belonging: Mathangi Subramanian, Jessica Hagedorn, Chaya Bhuvaneswar, moderated by Kaitlyn Greenidge

Saturday March 30, 2019
04:00 pm

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Authors Mathangi Subramanian, Jessica Hagedorn, and Chaya Bhuvaneswar use fiction as a filter for the real world, addressing issues of race, gender, justice, and immigration. Their conversation, moderated by Kaitlyn Greenidge, explored identity in diaspora and those histories that shape our present.



Mathangi Submaranian is an award-winning Indian-American writer, author and educator. A graduate of Brown University and the Teachers College of Columbia University, and the recipient of a Fulbright as well as other fellowships, her writing has previously appeared in the Washington PostQuartz, Al Jazeera America, and elsewhere. A People's History of Heaven is her first work of literary fiction.


Jessica Hagedorn, a novelist, poet, and playwright, was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to the United States in her teens. Her books include the novels Dogeaters (a finalist for the National Book Award and the recipient of an American Book Award) The Gangster of LoveDream Jungle (a New York Times Notable Book), and Danger and Beauty, a collection of selected poetry and short fiction. Hagedorn was the editor of the Asian American fiction anthology Charlie Chan is Dead. She lives in New York City.


Chaya Bhuvaneswar is a practicing physician, writer and PEN American award finalist whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Narrative Magazine, Tin House, Electric Literature, The Millions, Joyland, Large Hearted Boy, Chattahoochee Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Awl, jellyfish review, aaduna and elsewhere, with poetry in Cutthroat, sidereal, Natural Bridge, apt magazine, Hobart, Ithaca Lit, Quiddity and elsewhere. Her work was recently selected for inclusion in Best Small Fictions. Her poetry and prose juxtapose Hindu epics, other myths and histories, and the survival of sexual harassment and racialized sexual violence by diverse women of color.


Kaitlyn Greenidge's debut novel is We Love You, Charlie Freeman (Algonquin Books), one of the New York Times Critics' Top 10 Books of 2016. Her writing has appeared in the Vogue, Glamour, the Wall Street Journal,, Buzzfeed, Transition Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, American Short Fiction and other places. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study other places. She was a contributing editor for LENNY Letter and is currently a contributing writer for The New York Times. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.