I am a 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 Quarry, Drunk In A Midnight Choir, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Bourgeon, Lantern Review, and Washington City Paper. 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 (in 2013 and 2010), Capital Fringe Festival, Smithsonian Folklife Festival (in 2017 and 2010), Smithsonian Asian American Literature Festival, SpokenWord Paris, 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, senior poetry editor at Jaggery: A DesiLit Arts and Literature Journal, and associate editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly. I tweet and instagram on-the-spot haiku (senryu, really) @gowrimozhi.
* 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)
* 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)
* Interview of Tamil poet R. Cheran (The Alignist, December 2015)
For information about speaking engagements, workshops, or performances, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo by Les Talusan
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.”