about gowri k.

Gowri K.

I am a queer Tamil American poet, performing artist, teacher, and lawyer whose family immigrated to the U.S. from Sri Lanka. My advocacy has addressed animal welfare, the environment, the rights of prisoners and the criminally accused in the U.S., and justice and accountability in Sri Lanka. My publication credits include two peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and poetry appearing in Split This Rock’s The QuarryDrunk In A Midnight ChoirBeltway Poetry Quarterly, Bourgeon, Lantern Review, Washington City Paper, and On Being. I was a member of DC’s 2010 Southern Fried Slam team and have performed at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Capital Fringe Festival, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Smithsonian Asian American Literature Festival, SpokenWord Paris, universities in the U.S. and Canada, and Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company events co-sponsored by the Poets & Writers Readings/Workshops program. At the 2014 Atlas Intersections Festival, I produced and performed in “Yasmeen,” an original work co-written and co-produced by Huda Asfour, a Palestinian composer and musician.

I am a Kundiman fellow and serve as poetry coordinator at BloomBars.  Previously, I served as a poetry events host at Busboys and Poets, senior poetry editor at Jaggery, and associate editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly. You can find me on Twitter and Instagram @gowrimozhi.

Some highlights:

* My poem “What questions will be asked,” commissioned by 18 Million Rising for its #NoMuslimBanEver micropoem series (June 2018)
* My poem “How To Enjoy Your Vacation To A Country That Says It Won The War” named the most read poem of 2016 in Split This Rock’s The Quarry (June 2017)
* My poem “Footprints” for the Hope Spoken Broken project in conjunction with artists in Jabalia Refugee Camp, Palestine (March 2014)

Interviews I’ve conducted… 
* Interview of M.I.A. at the NYC premiere of her documentary at IFC Center (September 2018)
* Interview of Hieu Minh Nguyen and R.O. Kwon at Library of Congress (September 2018)
* Interview of Kaveh Akbar and Kazim Ali at Folger Shakespeare Library (May 2018)
* Interview of Tamil poet R. Cheran (The Alignist, December 2015)

Interviews and reviews of me… 
* Interview on American Desis Podcast (September 2016)
* Interview by Ruben Quesada (Queen Mob’s Tea House, March 2016)
Review of “Mortal Tongues, Immortal Stories” (The Washington Post, February 2016)

For information about speaking engagements, workshops, or performances, please contact me at circlesaroundus@gmail.com.

Gowri K- photo by Fid Thompson

Photo by Fid Thompson

not here long…

Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more.

Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop.

Die knowing something. You are not here long.”

Walker Evans

a flower faces his own mortality (photo by gowri k.)

4 thoughts on “about gowri k.

  1. Hi Gowri,

    I’m a social worker in Chennai, India. It’s good to care abt non-speaking elements of earth. We’ll speak for them…

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