Kavita Das worked in social change for fifteen years on issues ranging from homelessness, to public health disparities, to racial justice, and now focuses on writing about culture, race, feminism, social change, and their intersections. Nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize, Kavita’s work has been published in Longreads, The Atlantic, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Washington Post, Kenyon Review, NBC News Asian America, Guernica, Quartz, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her first book, Poignant Song: The Life and Music of Lakshmi Shankar (Harper Collins India, Fall 2018), is a biography about the Grammy-nominated Hindustani singer, who played a pivotal role in bringing Indian music to the West. Kavita is also at work on a collection of personal essays.
“We Are Always Revising Our Stories — and Ourselves”: A Conversation with Maya Shanbhag Lang
A new memoir about the challenges of caring for a mother suffering from dementia....
“Either Hyper-Visible or Invisible”: An Interview with Jaquira Díaz
Jaquira Díaz discusses her new memoir, her love of music, and her gratitude for the richness of her Puerto Rican heritage....
Struggling with a Puzzling Illness, Then Living with Its Answer: A Conversation with Porochista Khakpour
Kavita Das interviews Porochista Khakpour, the author of “Sick: A Memoir.”...
Passing and Being Passed Over in the United States
A new anthology on the social pressures of passing....
The Perils of Denialism on the Left
THIS MONTH the Oxford Dictionary chose “post-truth” as its word of the year, which it defines as “relating to or denoting ...
Biography: Where White Lives Matter
Kavita Das bemoans the lack of diversity in the biography genre....
BLARB BLOG POSTS
Who Gets To Write About Whom: Examining Authority, Authenticity, and Appropriation in Biography
Red Ink of Revisionist History