Open Mic Night with the Belmont Poet Laureate
‘Resonating Voices’: honoring Asian American & Pacific Islanders Heritage Month
This month, join in to celebrate the AAPI communities living in and representing a wealth & diversity of cultures and experiences within the United States. Through poetry, let us take time to honor their history, heritage and contributions. Belmont Poetry Night invites you in the theme of ‘Resonating Voices’: honoring the AAPI Heritage Month.
Featuring poet Shikha Malaviya. Hosted by Belmont Poet Laureate, Monica Korde.
Shikha Malaviya is an Indian American poet, writer, and publisher. She is co-founder of The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, a mentorship model press publishing powerful voices from India & the Indian diaspora. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and featured in Catamaran, PLUME, Prairie Schooner & other fine publications. Shikha has been a featured TEDx speaker and was selected as Poet Laureate of San Ramon, California, 2016. She has been an AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Professionals) poetry mentor in their Writer-to-Writer program for six seasons and is currently a Mosaic America Fellow, committed to cultural collaboration in the San Francisco Bay area and beyond. Her book of historical persona poetry, In Her Own Voice: Poems of Anandibai Joshee, is forthcoming in 2023. Her previous book of poems is Geography of Tongues.
Reading will be followed by open mic. Share a poem of your own or by a favorite poet. Or just pour a cup of tea and listen in. We welcome friends in poetry from around the world, so please share!
To participate & read for Open Mic email: email@example.com before 5/16.