Join Words Without Borders for a celebration of Punjabi poetry with poet and playwright Ajmer Rode in discussion with journalist and literary critic Rafia Zakaria.
Wine reception to follow. This is an official Brooklyn Book Festival event.
Ajmer Rode has published books and chapbooks of poetry, drama, prose, and translation in Punjabi and English. His works are included in several Punjabi and English anthologies and assigned in university courses of Punjab and Delhi, India. Most of his poetry is included in Leela (coauthored with N. Bharati), critically acclaimed as an outstanding work of twentieth-century Punjabi poetry. He also has written and directed several plays. Rose served on the National Council of the Writers Union of Canada and chaired its Racial Minority Writers Committee. His several awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award of the University of British Columbia (Canada), the Best Overseas Author award of the Punjab Languages department, and the prestigious Anᾱd Foundation (Delhi) poetry award.
Rafia Zakaria is the author of The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan (Beacon 2015) and Veil (Bloomsbury 2017). She is a columnist for Dawn in Pakistan and The Baffler (New York). She writes regularly for Guardian Books, CNN, The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, and many other publications.