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Mason-Dixon at the 18th Savannah Asian Festival! June 22

June 14, 2013


The great draw at the Savannah Asian Festival are the beautiful performing arts. All the shows are free!

Here are some of the performing arts at the Savannah Asian Festival. (venue: Savannah Civic Center)

In between acts, come visit Ujjvala at the Mason-Dixon table, where our books Red SIlk Sari and Venusification  will be for sale.

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Mason-Dixon at the 18th Savannah Asian Festival! June 22

May 31, 2013

image Look for Ujjvala at the Mason-Dixon table, where copies of Red Silk Sari and Venusification will be for sale. The 18th Savannah Asian Festival is a free event at t the Savannah Civic Center on Saturday, June 22, from 11am - 5pm. It has become one of the largest Asian festivals in Georgia, with lovely performing arts at the stage, food from the different cultures, and of course the vendors and art. Isn’t the poster beautiful?

Here are the books:

Red Silk Sari - Accessible poems of India and America, the North and the South, parenthood and childhood, science and art. Here are poems such as another view of Cinderella, an explanation of how chemistry and poetry are alike, a tanka about a Tarot card, an argument between a sari and her owner.


Venusification - hard science fiction short stories and novella, a 21st century version of the Golden Age style



This year Armstrong Atlantic University is one on the sponsors. Here are some links:

Official Savannah Asian Festival site

Armstrong Atlantic State and Savannah Asian Festival

National Poetry Month/Napowrimo 2013 - Blog 3: Pulitzer Prize Poetry

April 17, 2013

image  Here it is, the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry:  Sharon Olds’ Stag’s Leap, the saga in poetry of the arc of her breaking marriage.  The talk of the poetic blogosphere, no doubt.

Check out Powellsbooks website for Pulitzer-prize winning poetry of previous years.  I’ve read former US poet laureate’s Kay Ryan’s Best of It, and of course Native Guard by my hero Natasha Tretheway, the current Poet Laureate. 

Oh, and here are the rest of the prize winners this year: Pulitzer Prize Winners 2013

Napowrimo: Well, I wrote one poem last night, so now after 16 days I have created 5 poems. Ah well, not the incandescent Napowrimo of last year, but for me, still a stretch. 

A variation Napowrimo to consider is to rewrite the same poem each of the 30 days.  In his book Best Words, Best OrdeR, Stephen Dobyns noted that Ellen Bryant Voigt rewrote her poem “Amaryllis” 34 times to get to its final resonant version. Next year, perhaps


National Poetry Month/Napowrimo 2013 - Blog 2

April 09, 2013

“>image is a site founded in 2003 to promote both National Poetry Month and Napowrimo, the poetic counterpart to Nanowrimo. (By the way, have any of you tried Nanowrimo? Let us know!)  The charming site posts participants’ poems and also has writing prompts to egg us along. I’d like to try the prompt to write a poem that tells a lie! In addition, hosts others’ websites, and Mason-Dixon is now among them.

A week of chock full of late nights, scurried days, and no writing has finally ended, and I’m back to my normal pace. I took a walk which led to a worm writhing metronomically, and later this evening I watched one of my cats drift to sleep and nearly fall of the edge of the table, These observations led to a poem, preceded by 15 minutes of nothing-doing (per Martha Beck) and accompanied by lush classical music on NPR. What’s your routine?

Have a look at the books of poetry, as well as other books, I’ve reviewed on



National Poetry Month/Napowrimo 2013

April 05, 2013


Well, here we go again!! National Poetry Month 2013 - to write and to read! Click on the logo to get to the website to learn about this month-long celebration of poetry.

I started Napowrimo just today, however, due to a horrific week: my darling Sebring convertible suddenly broke down about halfway through the 2 / 1/2 hour drive to the airpot in Charleston, SC, so that we missed the United flight my daughter was to take to visit my family in Virginia. Fortunately, United let us transfer the ticket to the next day’s flight out of Savannah. However, these first days of April has been a flurry of car towing, car rentals, car shopping, interspersed with work and hasty takeout meals. Today was my first normal day. Naturally I returned to writing!

I’ve read that we should prime the creative pump, for instance by reading other poetry, lighting a candle, putting on some music or performing some other ritual as a psychological switch.  This year what works for me is to play the same relaxation music CD and lounge for awhile with my open poetry journal. Then I warm up by writing a haiku, which loosens me up to write another poem.  Today I wrote first drafts of a haiku and a free verse poem of 152 words. I will talk with Joe about whether we want to post our poem drafts (he may be doing Napowrimo as well), but here is the haiku:

Elegant outfit
in the mirror, the closet
hides mountains of clothes


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Red Silk Sari

Order a copy of our first book of poetry. These poems explore the complexities of being, Indian and American in experiences such as childbirth, death, love, and joy.

Venusification and Other Stories

Click this link to read "The Old Spaceman," an award winning story included in the book.These provocative short stories will challenge you, taking you to exotic places and times


Our latest offering! This memoir by Avinash Bagal is a story of the South Asian immigration experience from the early 1960s up to the collapse of the World Trade Center. .