Two Poets

6:00–8:00 pm
Center in Delhi


Video of this event is here.

Jeet Thayil was born in Mamalasserie, Kerala, and educated in Bombay, Hong Kong and New York. His four poetry collections include English and These Errors Are Correct, which won the 2013 Sahitya Akademi Award for poetry. He is the editor of The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets and is a visiting professor of poetry at the University of Goa. As a musician and songwriter, he is one half of the contemporary music project Sridhar/Thayil. Jeet Thayil’s novel Narcopolis won the 2012 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and was shortlisted for five other prizes, including the Man Booker prize, the Man Asian Literature Prize and the Commonwealth Prize.

University of Chicago Professor Srikanth Reddy is the author of two books of poetry - Facts for Visitors and Voyager, and a critical study - Changing Subjects: Digressions in Modern American Poetry. Reddy’s awards include fellowships from the Whiting Foundation, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and the Mellon Foundation. His poems have appeared in the anthologies Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation (2004) and Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets (2004).  In addition to teaching in the Department of English and the Program in Creative Writing, he also works closely with the university's Program in Poetry and Poetics--an interdisciplinary collective of scholars, poets, and translators who work on poetry across a diversity of regions, historical periods, and theoretical approaches.

Both poets read from their works.  The session was moderated by Akhil Katyal, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Shiv Nadar University.