Out of the Blue, a Meteorite: Writing with South Asian Bhakti Poetry
South Asian bhakti poetry has been described as "the breath-catching moment when self speaks to self more directly than you ever thought possible." This centuries-old movement of devotional poetry finds the divine in the beloved, resulting in some of the most ecstatic words ever written. In this part-generative, part-analytical course, we'll examine the diverse voices of centuries of rebellious bhakts of all genders and spark our own thrilling, electric pieces. All levels and genres are welcome—come ready to write!
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Shankar Narayan explores identity, power, mythology, and technology in a world where the body is flung across borders yet possesses unrivaled power to transcend them. Shankar is a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the winner of prizes and fellowships from Kundiman, Hugo House, Jack Straw, Flyway, and River Heron. He is a 4Culture grant recipient for Claiming Space, a project to lift the voices of writers of color, and his chapbook, Postcards From the New World, won the Paper Nautilus Debut Series chapbook prize. Shankar draws strength from his global upbringing and from his work at the intersection of civil rights and technology. In Seattle, he awakens to the wonders of Cascadia every day, but his heart yearns east to his other hometown, Delhi. Connect with him at shankarnarayan.net.