Indivisible: South Asian American Poetry Anthology LA Launch featuring musical performances by FIELD: Kitundu & Sukhadia

T A B L A C E N T R I C Presents

Indivisible: South Asian American Poetry launch featuring musical performances by FIELD: Kitundu & Sukhadia

Monday, April 12th, 2010
7:30pm – 9:30pm  FREE

Machine Project and T A B L A C E N T R I C are thrilled to host the Los Angeles launch of Indivisible, the first national anthology of American poets with South Asian heritage (University of Arkansas Press 2010). The poems gathered here take us from basketball courts to Bollywood, from the Grand Canyon to sugar plantations, from Hindu-Muslim riots in India to anti-immigrant attacks on the streets of post 9/11 America. With roots in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, here are poets who are rewriting the cultural landscape of America today. Featured poets include Ro Gunetilleke, Vandana Khanna, Bhargavi Mandava, Amar Ravva and editor Pireeni Sundaralingam. (

Special musical performance by FIELD: Kitundu & Sukhadia.


Sri Lankan born Ro Gunetilleke has presented his work at many venues including the Los Angeles Public Library’s Aloud series. His poems and short stories have appeared in Catamaran, Muse India, Poetic Diversity, and Best of the Net 2006.

Vandana Khanna‘s collection of poetry, Train to Agra, won the 2000 Crab Orchard Review First Book Prize; her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Crazyhorse, Callaloo, The Indiana Review, and The Atlanta Review, among others.

Bhargavi C. Mandava‘s poetry has been published in the anthologies Another Way to Dance and Through a Child’s Eyes: Poems and Stories about War. She has also published a novel, Where the Oceans Meet.

Amarnath Ravva’s written work has appeared in the journals nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, Requited, and Drunken Boat. For further info, go to

A PEN USA fellow, Pireeni’s poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, and The Progressive, among others, as well as anthologies such as WW.Norton’s Language for a New Century. Born in Sri Lanka, Pireeni is co-editor of Indivisible (U. Arkansas Press, 2010).