Mia Ayumi Malhotra

Mia Ayumi Malhotra is the author of Isako Isako (Alice James Books, forthcoming 2019), winner of the 2017 Alice James Award. She received her MFA from the University of Washington and is a Kundiman and VONA/Voices Fellow. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two daughters. 

May Poetry: Two Poems by Mia Ayumi Malhotra

"To My Many Mothers, Issei and Nisei" and "One Day You'll Look in the Mirror and See Lions (II)"

Each May, we celebrate both mothers and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, as well as Mental Health Awareness Month, and in that spirit of observation, we feature Mia Ayumi Malhotra’s poems, both of which urge us toward reverential praise of the survivor. “To My Many Mothers, Issei and Nisei” names and honors women who were imprisoned in World War II Japanese American internment camps.

Of Sundry Kinds: Amit Majmudar’s 'Dothead'

Dothead by Amit Majmudar

 “Joy lies in blood, bread, / art, medicine,” says Amit Majmudar in Dothead, his third collection of poetry. He is a nuclear radiologist, as well as Ohio’s first poet laureate, and his poems draw eclectically from subjects as wide-ranging as Adam and Eve’s sex life, the art of the semi-colon and T.S.A. security lines.

Books: In the Looking Glass: 'Private Citizens'

Private Citizens

Private Citizens, Tony Tulathimutte’s debut novel, follows the misadventures of four recent college grads as they navigate the pitfalls of post-college life and reckon with various strains of guilt, addiction, neurosis, mental illness, and the list goes on. Truthfully, the protagonists have little in common but their alma mater.