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CELLS Winter Speaker Series: Akil Kumarasamy, MFA
| Nov 10 - 5:30-6:30pm Hannover / 11:30am-12:30pm US Eastern |
"Meet Us By the Roaring Sea: A Conversation with Akil Kumarasamy"
Meet Us by the Roaring Sea is a novel that shifts perspectives between a 26-year-old A.I. employee in NYC and passages from a late 1990s manuscript she is translating from Tamil to English about a group of female medical students living through a drought and at the edge of a war as they try to form a new way of existence through an idea of “radical compassion.” Both narratives cross time and geographies, entangling lives and complicating ideas of borders, both between individuals and nations.

Bio: Akil Kumarasamy is the author of the novel, Meet Us by the Roaring Sea (2022), and the linked story collection, Half Gods, published by FSG in 2018, which was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice, was awarded the Bard Fiction Prize and the Story Prize Spotlight Award, and was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Her work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, American Short Fiction, BOMB, among others. She has received fellowships from the University of East Anglia, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Yaddo, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She is an assistant professor in the Rutgers University-Newark MFA program.
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