Saturday, March 02, 2013
Reading at Yippie Museum Cafe
It was kind of Sarah Sarai to invite me to read with her for Mike Graves's Phoenix reading series. The Yippie Museum Cafe on Bleecker Street has undergone a thorough refurbishment and now is a chill place to hang out. It was pleasantly filled with people and laptops this afternoon, and so we had a bigger audience for the reading than I had anticipated.
Sweta Srivastava Vikram was the first to read. Her work was concerned with understanding her multicultural and multinational background. She grew up in India and North Africa, before moving to NYC ten years ago. Her new book gave voice to oppressed women in India and the Middle East. After the reading I chatted with her and her husband, and found out that her sister-in-law lives at Telok Blangah Road, very near to my parents.
I read next, from Seven Studies and The Pillow Book. Then Sarah read, from The Future Is Happy, which I reviewed on this blog. She also read new poems. I enjoyed hearing her read, more so than before. I thought that she would enjoy Carmine Street Metrics' monthly reading, and she said that she would try to attend next month's.