Event Info:

  • September 15 - 28, 2016
  • Chicago Public Library | Seattle Art Museum
  • Free

Words on Water – In Conversation Series

We are excited to work with the Chicago Public Library, Columbia College Chicago, The Poetry Foundation and the University of Chicago to bring back Words on Water; our celebrated contemporary authors “In conversation” series.

For 2016, we are thrilled to feature the Pulitzer Prize winning poet, essayist, and critic Vijay Seshadri.

Words on Water – Chicago

Vijay Seshadri in conversation and poetry reading with Matthew Shenoda
Presented in Partnership with the Poetry Foundation

Eye on India’s Festival kicked off last night with our Words on Water Author Series at the Poetry Foundation. Vijay Seshadri read a selection of his poems, including a brand new poem he read for the first time! His work touched on politics, not only of the U.S., but of one’s identity. His reading, at times deliberate and at times conversational, was effective. The audience enjoyed the background Seshadri gave on each of his pieces as well as his conversation with Matthew Shenoda. – Suman Chhabra, EOI Head Blogger


Words on Water — In Conversation Series
Vijay Seshadri, Anuradha Roy in conversation with Srikant Reddy

Presented in Partnership with Chicago Public Library

Join Pulitzer Prize winning poet Vijay Seshadri and celebrated author Anuradha Roy as they discuss their lives and work in two special sessions. This event is presented as part of the sixth annual Eye on India Festival which provides a platform for cultural, artistic and educational exchange and collaboration between the US and India.

Mirrors and Windows: A View of A.K. Ramanujan’s Poetics
Guillermo Rodriguez will be in conversation with Jason Grunebaum
Presented in Partnership with the Reva and David Logan Center for the Performing Arts

A.K. Ramanujan (1929-1993) was an iconic poet and scholar, at home with several languages, literary traditions and disciplines. Guillermo Rodriguez, Writer and Cultural Activist, examines the life and work of an extraordinary figure whose creativity and critical understanding spanned centuries and cultures.


Words on Water – Seattle

Presented in Partnership with the Seattle Art Museum


Lunch with a Bigot, Amitava Kumar in conversation

Join Amitava Kumar, a master of literary non-fiction, much of it set in his home state of Bihar, India as we explore his celebrated work; a collection of essays titled Lunch with a Bigot (2015), and one novel, Nobody Does the Right Thing (2010).

The Gramophone Women, Vidya Shah in conversation
Presented in Partnership with the Seattle Art Museum

Evoking the glamorous bygone era of the gramophone women of India, singer and author Vidya Shah speaks of the journeys of women performers from the salon to the studio.

The Association of Small Bombs, Karan Mahajan in conversation
Presented in Partnership with the Seattle Art Museum

Karan Mahajan in his new novel “The Association of Small Bombs” depicts the effects of terrorism on victims and perpetrators. In this session, Karan talks about the nature of terrorist violence across the world and how its been expressed in his novel.




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