Purvi Poets

Forewording Beauty


BeautyWelcome 2018! It’s a year for joyful resistance.

You can get my recent advocacy & poetry 411 right now herehere.

And in Movement to Power, you can watch my recent work to transform our relationships to violence — and ourselves.

If you desire more poetry right now, no need to wait! You can find my poem “Mira unfurls her hair into a bell when – from this ringing – mirror emerges” here or hear.

Past Events:

Main Street (between Plymouth and Water Streets)
Main Street (between Plymouth and Water Streets)Brooklyn, NY 11201

La Casita: Lincoln Center Out of Doors on Saturday, August 4 from 2:30-2:45 p.m. and Sunday, August 5, 2018 from 5-5:15 p.m.: I’m excited to be part of a powerful community of artist-activists giving voice to queer, women’s, civil, immigrant, and human rights. The superstar lineup includes poetry by Timothy DuWhite, el-Walad, Amanda Gorman, Randall Horton, Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Fred Moten, José Olivarez, Danez Smith, Frank Waln, and me as well as music by Bohio Music, Los Pleneros de la 21, Madison McFerrin, Soul Inscribed, and Ulali Project.

Event on Saturday, August 4, 2018 begins at 12:00 pm at Hearst Plaza (30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023) and on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 2:30 pm at Teatro Pregones (575 Walton Ave, Bronx, NY 10451).

Weave&Woven on Friday, July 20, 2018 from 6:30-10:06 p.m.: Through a residency with NURTUREartAnjali Deshmukh and I explored how we inhabit the sacred through embodied poetics and space design. In this time of heightened surveillance and criminalization of immigrants and

communities of color, how do we create space for ourselves and for beloved community? Drawing upon Hindu concepts of lila (cosmic play) and the feminine divine, we created an interactive experience engaging participants in explorations of home and belonging.

Poetic Duels: Sheyr Jangi (Split This Rock Poetry Festival) on Friday, April 20, 2018 from 3:30-5 p.m.: Poetic duels are found worldwide across cultures and times, with vibrant traditions throughout the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia. The Afghan tradition is called “sheyr jangi,” or “poetry fighting,” and has its roots in the early medieval Central Asian Courts. We pay homage to this tradition — but with a twist. We have curated a “deck” of poems by classical poets writing in Arabic, Persian, Turkic, and Urdu. With our audience’s help, we invite our featured poets to battle with these literary ancestors. Majda Gama, Rami Karim, Aurora Masum-Javed, Sahar Muradi, Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, Zohra Saed, and I will share original work, followed by an improvisational game channeling classical poets.

National Housing Center Conference Room B, Washington, DC

Ghost-Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology Reading (Split This Rock Poetry Festival) on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 1:30-3 p.m.: Join me and Camille T. Dungy, Tiffany Higgins, Elizabeth Jacobson, Nancy K. Pearson, Gretchen Primack, Katy Richey, Danez Smith, Javier Zamora, and anthology editor Melissa Tuckey for a fabulous reading!
National Housing Center AuditoriumWashington, DC

Poetry Project’s 44th Annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading on Monday, January 1, 2018 between 4-5 p.m.: Kick the new year off with the write stuff. 😉 I’m part of the most incredible slate of poets bringing beauty to the beginnings of your years. Come early, stay late (the event goes from 3 p.m.-2 a.m. the next day!) and support this amazing home for poetry!

The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church
131 E. 10th St. New York, NY 10003