Shilpa Agarwal is a writer of consciousness and the inner world, seeking truth where it has been buried, straining for that which has been denied articulation, striving always for ephemeral moments of hope, strength, and grace.
She is the author of Haunting Bombay (Soho Press, 2009), a winner of the First Words Literary Prize for South Asian Writers and a San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller. Shilpa earned her B.A. from Duke University, specializing in African, Asian, and Middle Eastern literatures, and Women’s Studies. She was awarded a Euguene Cota-Robles Fellowship at UCLA where she earned her M.A. and C.Phil. in Comparative Literature, including American, Asian-American, English, French, South Asian, and Postcolonial literatures. She has taught literature and social activism at UCLA and UCSB, including a class on the South Asian Diaspora within the Asian American Studies Department.
Shilpa is a founder of the South Asian Artists’ Collective, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization dedicated to the progressive exploration of South Asian arts in America, and a founder of ArtWallah, renowned internationally and produced annually for a decade in collaboration with venerable artistic venues across the city of Los Angeles. Shilpa was a mentor for the PEN USA Emerging Voices Fellowship, and served as a literary judge for India Currents Magazine and Khabar Magazine.Shilpa’s writing is informed by glimpses into moments of alienation and awakening, especially during geographic and metaphoric crossings: east and west meet, the living stumble upon the dead, the heavens and earth clash, the powerful and the powerless collide. Shilpa writes to call up the haunting utterances of the excluded, to excavate fragmentary memories that edge consciousness, and to imagine a more nuanced narrative of history itself. She is currently completing her second novel, At Her Divine Breast.
See Shilpa perform at EVOKE: A New Works Festival celebrating South Asian Voices, directed by Alison M. De La Cruz. Learn more.
Thursday, March 14 – Saturday, March 16 at 8pm
Sunday, March 17 at 2pm
Running Time: 90 minutes
General Admission: $10
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