Priya Sarukkai Chabria

Priya Sarukkai Chabria is an award winning translator, writer, and poet nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize. Her books include speculative fiction, cross-genre non-fiction, a novel, two poetry collections, and translations of Tamil mystic Andal: The Autobiography of a Goddess (2016; in collaboration with Ravi Shankar). Awarded for Outstanding Contribution to Literature by the Indian Government, her work has been widely translated and anthologized, including in Another English: Anglophone Poems from Around the World (2014), The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry (2012), Eating God: A Book of Bhakti Poetry (2014), Drunken Boat, The Literary Review (USA), South Asian Review, PEN International, and The British Journal of Literary Translation.


    About the Book

    Praise for Priya’s Poetry:

    Written over a decade, Calling Over Water features poems in three movements. The first trails a wake of lacunae and dislocation but also remembrance and gratitude for departed loved ones. Next, the tempo shifts as the mind sifts through dazzlement, disappointments, riddles and resolutions. Poetry making and identity are explored and mapped. In the last movement, geographies of space and time are located through art, history and the act of journeying. The self is in part reconstituted and returned as a retuned being. “Are you recyclable?” “Why does art leap out of the window when there’s no terrorist attack, only collapse?” “What if you stop smelling of loathing?” These are some of the brave and probing questions Priya Sarukkai Chabria poses in Calling Over Water.