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3.5 (episode 72) featuring Yamini Pathak!
Yamini Pathak is the author of the chapbooks, Atlas of Lost Places (Milk and Cake Press, 2020) and Breath Fire Water Song (Ghost City Press, 2021). Her words are forthcoming or have appeared in Poetry Northwest, About Place Journal, Tupelo Quarterly, Vida Review, Waxwing, and elsewhere. She is a Poet in Schools for the Geraldine Dodge Foundation, serves as poetry editor for Inch micro-chapbooks (Bull City Press), reads translations for Lunch Ticket, and is a production assistant for Tupelo Quarterly journal. Yamini has received her MFA in poetry from Antioch University, Los Angeles and is an alumnus of VONA/Voices and Community of Writers. It brings her much joy to belong to the Duniya Collective, an inter-disciplinary group of BIPOC artists. Born in India, she lives with her family in New Jersey.
You can find Yamini on Twitter at @YaminipPathak and order her chapbook Atlas of Lost Places here: https://milkandcakepress.com/product/coming-soon-atlas-of-lost-places/.
Her micro-chap Breath Fire Water Song can be downloaded for free or with a donation from https://ghostcitypress.com/2021-summer-series/breath-fire-water-song.
About the Reading:
The poems in this installment of Bad Mouth come from my chapbook, Atlas of Lost Places (Milk and Cake Press, 2020) and from the manuscript I’m currently developing. I have shared 8 poems, most of which are written towards the women in my lineage. It is these women who have rooted and shaped me, and I turn to them when living and longing in diaspora. I take inspiration from the landscape and heritage of my birth country, India. Much of this work is also memory-work, a record keeping of sorts for my own children who are growing up away from the cultural landscape of their origins. The poems are an interplay between memory and the moment, a way to find home and locate myself at the cusp of tradition and my own daily practice.
Watch Yamini’s reading here!
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