Exile and Homecoming: A reading by Tibetan poet Tsering Wangmo Dhompa followed by a conversation with filmmaker Kesang Tseten.
Tsering Wangmo Dhompa is the author of three collections of poetry including My Rice Tastes Like the Lake, which was a finalist for the Northern California Independent Bookseller’s Book of the Year Award for 2012. Dhompa's first non-fiction book, Coming Home to Tibet, was published by Shambhala Publications in 2016. She teaches creative writing and is completing a PhD degree in Literature at the University of California in Santa Cruz where most recently she was the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Graduate Fellow on Non-citizenship 2016-17.
Tsering Wangmo Dhompa is the first Tibetan female poet to be published in English. She was raised in India and Nepal and is fluent in several languages and dialects--including Tibetan, Hindi, and Nepali. Tsering received her BA from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, her MA from University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and her MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State. Her poetry articulates the nostalgia of displaced Tibetans, recording the memories of elders in Tibetan communities.
Kesang Tseten is a film maker whose documentaries have won several awards in film festivals in Nepal and been screened at international film festivals across the world. He is a graduate of Dr Graham’s School in India, Amherst College and Columbia University in the U.S.
Sponsored by the Leslie Center for the Humanities, the Asian Societies, Cultures and Languages program, the Department of English and Creative Writing, and the Department of Anthropology.
The Norwich Bookstore will have books available for purchase and signing at the event.
In this compelling, poetic memoir of love, loss, and longing, a daughter's pilgrimage to her mother's native Tibet becomes a journey of homecoming and self-discovery.
Poetry. Asian American Studies. "Tsering Wangmo Dhompa's MY RICE TASTES LIKE THE LAKE echoes in the mind, mouth, and heart as its strangely calm English phrases settle into measured lines and stanzas.
Poetry. Asian American Studies. "Dhompa's potent suite of poems elucidates the humanness and adversities of the Tibetan diaspora. You enter the immigrant girl-child's bifurcated world, coming and going, language to language, culture to culture, from childhood to sexuality. A lovely explication of 'dharma things as they are, and how precious they are, no special pleading Anne Waldman.
Poetry. Asian American Studies. "There is an inevitability implicit in the directness of Tsering Wangmo Dhompa's poetry that leaves the reader quite unprepared for the sudden leaps in reality it then proposes. As the first Tibetan-American poet to receive any substantial distribution, Dhompa opens U.S. poetry up to new modes of possibility in almost anything she does.