City: New York City. Poet of Honor: Ralph Nazareth. Participating organizations/universities: Asian American Writers Workshop, Bluestockings bookstore, NYC. Funded by: None. Featured poets: Usha Akella, Pramila Venkateswaran, Varsha Saraiya-Shah, Vivek Sharma, Zilka Joseph, Ralph Nazareth. Cultural Segment: None. With its signature spirit of community welcoming established and upcoming poets, Matwaala 2018 took place in NYC. Matwaala's Big Read was hosted by AAWW (Asian American Writer's Workshop, New York City) on September 26th, 2018 from 7-9 p.m. The participating poets this year were Usha Akella, Pramila Venkateswaran, Varsha Saraiya-Shah, Vivek Sharma, Zilka Joseph and Ralph Nazareth. This year's poet-of-honor was Ralph Nazareth. We wanted to highlight the feminist themes in light of the breaking #ME Too movement and had a fabulous night of poetry at Bluestockings, NY’s remarkable feminist bookstore.
2018 participating poets are Usha Akella, Pramila Venkateswaran, Ralph Nazareth, Zilka Joseph, Vivek Sharma