Maya Chowdhry

Writer & inTer-aCtive artist

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'My Eyes' Selected for Poetry Places

My poem - 'My Eyes' has been selected for the Poetry Places promotion who have produced this fantastic poster. Outline 2012 marks the 10thanniversary of Time To Read and it has produced a wonderful set of posters and postcards from 12 poets in the region to celebrate this. Time To Read is the NW public libraries network which works to promote reading. It works with 22 Library authorities from Cumbria to Cheshire, Wirral to Blackburn, Manchester to Liverpool.

There's been a recent rush of buying on my poetry collection, particularly by the libraries involved in the project - The Seamstress and the Global Garment, last few copies available before it becomes an e-book. 

The Tagore Project
Maya will be in residence as part of Transform at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, 6-18th June 2011. She will be creating work with director Alan Lane (of Slung Low). There will be a short presentation of work created during this residency on Saturday 11th June 2011 at 7:45pm. For further details and to download the programme click here.
Kali Mirchi and Spurn published in Red: Contemporary Black British Poetry
Red collects poems that engage ‘red’, poems by Black British poets writing with the word “red” in mind—as a kind of leap-off point, a context, a germ—the way something small, minor, or grand might spur a poem. It offers the reader the freedom to come to whatever conclusions they want to about what writing as a poet who is also Black and British might mean.

"Perhaps the most significant thing to be said about Red is that the poets in this volume burst through any constraining label with writing that throbs and pulses and seeps and flows." Margaret Busby

The Tagore Project
West Yorkshire Playhouse: Transform
11 June 2011, 7:45pm
Book Launch - Red
Thursday 14 October 2010, 7:45pm
Glanfa, Wales Millennium Centre

Kah Kow
Poetry poster
commissioned by Flax and designed by  Martin Chester
Flax goes Large Flax
The poster will be available for download soon

The Seamstress and the Global Garment published
"Maya Chowdhry’s voice springs directly from the soul. It is authentic, sensuous and urgent.   Although dreamlike, her poems are not vague. They rankle with precision and are fuelled by the collision of colonial and family history. Anger gives way to the generosity of love and the open-heart of humour. 
Her politics take us from the city to the sea, via barges and bedrooms. From spices to the post office, nothing is too small, too insignificant, to be part of her manifesto for a new, responsible observation."  
Sarah Hymas, Editor, Flax
Kah Kow published
"Back in August, Flax commissioned three poems and three short fictions from writers Maya Chowdhry, Meg Peacocke, Jane Routh, Jenn Ashworth, Annie Clarkson and Ian Seed. Then we designed posters for them.

The results are stunning (and can be seen on the website).  Below is a link to download the poster - choose from either online quality, or the higher quality so you can download and print your own version."

The Seamstress and the Global Garment
Publication date:
17 October 2009
Book Launch

Kah Kow
Poetry in Contemporary Black British Poetry
Out of Bounds
Poetry in anthology -Bloodaxe

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