Minal Hajratwala – Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment
Late Night Debut, hosted by Amber Keller
This month’s episode features Minal Hajratwala’s debut poetry collection, Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment, from The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective. Prageeta Sharma, author of Undergloom and Infamous Landscapes, calls Bountiful “a stunning collection that modulates between steady narratives full of anchored images and storytelling, and playful voices occurring out of lyric utterance.”
Act 1: Host Amber Keller covers entertaining book news and cool new debuts
Act 2: Co-host authors Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo and Andrea Hollander discuss Minal Hajratwala’s debut
Act 3: Elizabeth and Minal talk about identity, rebellion, and performance vs. the page
“I’m interested in going beyond the traditional ideas of what we think of as identity. I’m more interested in our identity as, say, a human vs. as a divine being, or as an animal, or even as a machine. What parts of ourselves are pulled toward these bigger identities?”
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ABOUT OUR ACT 2 CO-HOST AUTHORS:
Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo’s poetry has appeared recently in Poet Lore, Rock & Sling, and Valparaiso Poetry Review, among other journals. She writes about the intersection of the sacred and the profane, which is amply in evidence during her day job as a high school teacher.
Photo by Meghan French
Andrea Hollander is the author of four full-length poetry collections, including Landscape with Female Figure, a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. Her many honors include two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, the D. H. Lawrence Fellowship, and a Pushcart Prize.
Photo by Brooke Budy