IAAC Literary Festival 2021

New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF)
Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance (EB Dance)
IAAC Literary Festival

Indo American Arts Council

Formal Invite

Lit Festival 2021

Where there is passion, there is drive! The Indo-American Arts Council is delighted to announce that the renowned IAAC Literary Festival will be a hybrid one in 2021. December 4th through the 12th, an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors will participate as part of our Annual Literary Festival which promotes works emanating from and inspired by India. The week-long festival will be held live in New York City for local authors and on an on-line platform for global authors that will host book readings, keynote speakers, thought leaders and podcasts followed by virtual interactive sessions. The shows will be taped in advance at the convenience of the talent to ensure the highest production value while the interactive sessions will be live at the scheduled time. IAAC has an experienced team and a strong track record of managing global on-line events with viewers exceeding 50,000 as can be viewed on our website, FB page and YouTube channel.

IAAC recognizes the impact that COVID-19 has had on the literary community. It has therefore expanded its support for artists generally and authors specifically. IAAC will:

  • Pay an author honorarium
  • Pay a moderator honorarium
  • Purchase 10 copies of the book
  • Allocate a social media budget for each author on top of the IAAC marketing
  • Include the Publisher logo with approval in all IAAC media marketing
  • Include links to author and moderator social media handles
  • Include a link to book purchase
In the past, the IAAC Literary Festival has had the honor of hosting prominent authors such as Salman Rushdie, Suketu Mehta, Deepak Chopra, Anupam Kher, Rakesh Kaul, Newbery Honor Veera Hiranandani, Booker Nominee Avni Doshi, Megha Majumdar, Anupam Kher, Ambassador Haksar and Member of Parliament Dr. Shashi Tharoor. We have organized book launches for eminent authors such as Ramchandra Guha, Madhur Jaffrey and in 2021 launched Acrobat by Nandana Sen, Vishakha Desai and the official biography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Interest in the IAAC Lit Fest has continued to garner international attention with its spotlight on topics such as Women’s Empowerment, Health & Wellness, Diversity and Equity. This year the focus is on Personal Journeys. We also intend to showcase great regional authors who have English translations with one retrospective.

Here is information on some of our past festivals:

We are rapidly finalizing details and hope to hear back from you at the earliest with your recommendations, and formal submissions.

Suman Gollamudi
Executive Director

IAAC Email: admin@iaac.us
Website: www.iaac.us

Lit Festival 2021

303 Fifth Avenue, Suite #1007, New York, NY 10016; Tel # 212-609- 5078; Admin@IAAC.us
The Indo-American Arts Council is a registered non-for- profit arts organization. Tax ID: 13-4015646
www.IAAC.us.

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IAAC Literary Festival Director Job Description

The Indo-American Arts Council's Annual Literary Festival brings together writings from around the world that celebrate the Indian experience.  It especially promotes Indo American writers, literary works which will end up as classics, support lesser-known regional authors, poetry and young adult. The Literary Festival Director spearheads this grand literary festival from the earliest planning stages to the final script of the Literary festival schedule.  The Director liaises with the authors, publishers, moderators, curation panel, publicists, media and sponsors as well as IAAC staff on production/logistics of the festival.

  • Through recommendations from the Literary Curators panel and open submissions, identify possible contenders for the festival
  • Work with the recommendations of the board to incorporate the mission of the organization when identifying themes to underscore during the festival
  • Build relationships with authors and their agent so we that can create a final product that benefits the exposure of the book as well as bringing exemplary content for our community
  • Create program flow and do run throughs of author-moderator interviews
  • Work with production team on recording of individual book sessions
  • Identify the physical location for the physical festival and coordinate the ticketing and onsite logistics
  • Work intimately with the creative team for media posters & coverage for festival panelists
  • Build relationships with companies within the community that have special interest in the area of Literature
  • Build relationships with sponsors and patrons that have a keen interest in the area of Literature.

The Literary Director will also work on very high-profile solo, book launch programs during the year. The tasks for the solo program are the same as above.

The ideal candidate would be based in the Tri State area with easy access to New York City, be intimately connected with the literary scene and have a passionate interest in promoting it.

There is an honorarium for the free-lance position. It is expected that the Literary Director will spend ten hours a week in the quarter from September to November. The rest of the year time requirement is a light one with one or two digital events.

The Literary Director will be supported by the IAAC team and will work closely with the Executive Director who has overall responsibility for IAAC and will oversee the marketing and social media. There is an eminent Literary Curators Council with five members who will select and choose the final authors list. The Literary Director will interface and coordinate their work. In addition, the Vice Chairman will closely support the Literary Director’s activities.

 

Email admin@iaac.us to submit your resume and schedule an interview.

Curators

Jennifer Acker

Jennifer Acker

Jennifer Acker is founder and editor in chief of The Common, and author of the debut novel The Limits of the World. Her short stories, essays, translations, and reviews have appeared in Amazon Original Stories,... Washington Post, Literary Hub, n+1, The Yale Review, and Ploughshares, among other places. Acker has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and teaches writing and editing at Amherst College, where she directs the Literary Publishing Internship and organizes LitFest. She lives in western Massachusetts with her husband.jenniferacker.com

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Dr. Ravi Shankar

Dr. Ravi Shankar

Pushcart prize winning poet, translator and professor Ravi Shankar has published, edited or has forthcoming over fifteen books, including the Muse India award-winning translations of 9th century Tamil poet/saint, Andal, 'The Autobiography of a Goddess' (Zubaan/University of Chicago), 'The Golden Shovel: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks" (University of Arkansas) and 'The Many Uses of Mint: New and Selected Poems 1997-2017' (Recent Works Press).... Along with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, he co-edited W.W. Norton's "Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond" and he founded one of the world's oldest electronic journals of the arts, Drunken Boat. He has taught and performed around the world and currently holds a research fellowship from the University of Sydney. His collaborative chapbook, 'A Field Guide to Southern China' written with T.S. Eliot Prize winner George Szirtes was just published in the UK August 2019 by Eyewear Publishing.

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Narayan Hegde

Narayan Hegde

Narayan Hegde is Emeritus Professor of English at SUNY College at Old Westbury, where he taught English, Indian, and World Literatures. As a Senior Fellow of the American Institute of Indian Studies, he has translated several works of Kannada literature, ... including Stallion of the Sun and Other Stories by U. R. Ananthamurthy, Annayya's Anthropology by A. K. Ramanujan, and a 19th-century drama, The Marriage Farce of Iggappa Hegade. He is a recipient of the Katha Translation Award. Translation of Avasthe, a Kannada novel by the eminent Indian author, U.R.Ananthamurthy, was recently published by HarperCollins India. He is currently part of a team translating the 15th century Kannada epic Kumaravyasa Bharatha for publication by Harvard University Press in its Murty Classical Library of India series.

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Professor S.N. Sridhar

Professor S.N. Sridhar

Professor S.N. Sridhar is SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, Professor of Linguistics and India Studies, and Director of the Mattoo Center for India Studies at Stony Brook University, where he has been teaching since 1980.He graduated from Central College, Bangalore University, with a B.A. (Honors) and M.A. in English literature and linguistics with a first class and the first rank for the University. ... He did a Ph.D. in Linguistics with distinction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Professor Sridhar is an internationally recognized expert on multilingualism, Indian linguistics, World Englishes, and Kannada. His research concerns many areas, including: bilingualism (language contact and convergence); sociolinguistics of code-switching and code-mixing, language modernization, language spread; second language acquisition in non-native settings; Indian English and other World Englishes; reference grammar of Kannada (syntax, morphology, social dimensions); psycholinguistics (sentence production, code-mixing), applied linguistics (scope and relation to linguistic theory), historical linguistics (acquisition of subjecthood, contact-induced language change), and history of linguistics (Indian grammatical tradition). Currently, he is working on a monograph on multilingualism in India and another on the classic Kannada poet Kumara Vyasa and another on multilingualism in India. He heads an international consortium of scholars translating the Kannada classic Mahabharata by Kumaravyasa into English, to be published in three volumes in the Murthy Classical Library by Harvard University.

Professor Sridhar is author of three books: Kannada: Descriptive Grammar (Routledge, 1990 and Manohar 2001), Cognition and Sentence Production: A Cross-Linguistic Study (Springer Verlag, 1986), and India Kannada (Contemporary Kannada, Kannada University, 1995 and Abhinava, 2009); co-editor of two reference volumes ( Ananya: A Portrait of India (AIA, 1997), and Language in South Asia (Cambridge, 2008) and seven special issues of journals, and author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries.

Professor Sridhar’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the American Institute of Indian Studies. He was designated Senior/Superior Scholar in the Humanities by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has been a plenary or keynote speaker at many international conferences, including the Linguistic Society of India in 2013, and member of editorial board of journals, evaluator of publication projects and academic programs. He was conferred the select faculty rank of Distinguished Service Professor by the State University of New York in 2011. He is Vice-President and President Elect of the International Association of World Englishes.

Professor Sridhar is a co-founder of South Asian Languages Analysis (SALA) and organized its international conferences at Stony Brook in 1983 and 2004. He has also organized or co-organized conferences on Dravidian Linguistics, India Studies, the Teaching of Linguistics, and Teaching of Asian Languages.

Professor Sridhar is the founding Director of the Center for India Studies at Stony Brook, which has evolved over two decades into a national model of Indian American community-public university partnership in developing India Studies. He also served as the Founding Chair of the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies from 2002-2008.Professor Sridhar is also active in the community. He founded the India Society of Stony Brook in 1989 and served as its first President until 1994. He has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Indians in America and of the American Institute of Indian Studies and the Board of Governors of the Indo-American Arts Council, New York.He lives in Stony Brook with his wife and collaborator, Professor Kamal (Meena) Sridhar.


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New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF)
Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance (EB Dance)
IAAC Literary Festival

Indo American Arts Council

Formal Invite

Lit Festival 2021

Where there is passion, there is drive! The Indo-American Arts Council is delighted to announce that the renowned IAAC Literary Festival will be a hybrid one in 2021. December 4th through the 12th, an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors will participate as part of our Annual Literary Festival which promotes works emanating from and inspired by India. The week-long festival will be held live in New York City for local authors and on an on-line platform for global authors that will host book readings, keynote speakers, thought leaders and podcasts followed by virtual interactive sessions. The shows will be taped in advance at the convenience of the talent to ensure the highest production value while the interactive sessions will be live at the scheduled time. IAAC has an experienced team and a strong track record of managing global on-line events with viewers exceeding 50,000 as can be viewed on our website, FB page and YouTube channel.

IAAC recognizes the impact that COVID-19 has had on the literary community. It has therefore expanded its support for artists generally and authors specifically. IAAC will:

  • Pay an author honorarium
  • Pay a moderator honorarium
  • Purchase 10 copies of the book
  • Allocate a social media budget for each author on top of the IAAC marketing
  • Include the Publisher logo with approval in all IAAC media marketing
  • Include links to author and moderator social media handles
  • Include a link to book purchase
In the past, the IAAC Literary Festival has had the honor of hosting prominent authors such as Salman Rushdie, Suketu Mehta, Deepak Chopra, Anupam Kher, Rakesh Kaul, Newbery Honor Veera Hiranandani, Booker Nominee Avni Doshi, Megha Majumdar, Anupam Kher, Ambassador Haksar and Member of Parliament Dr. Shashi Tharoor. We have organized book launches for eminent authors such as Ramchandra Guha, Madhur Jaffrey and in 2021 launched Acrobat by Nandana Sen, Vishakha Desai and the official biography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Interest in the IAAC Lit Fest has continued to garner international attention with its spotlight on topics such as Women’s Empowerment, Health & Wellness, Diversity and Equity. This year the focus is on Personal Journeys. We also intend to showcase great regional authors who have English translations with one retrospective.

Here is information on some of our past festivals:

We are rapidly finalizing details and hope to hear back from you at the earliest with your recommendations, and formal submissions.

Suman Gollamudi
Executive Director

IAAC Email: admin@iaac.us
Website: www.iaac.us


303 Fifth Avenue, Suite #1007, New York, NY 10016; Tel # 212-609- 5078; Admin@IAAC.us
The Indo-American Arts Council is a registered non-for- profit arts organization. Tax ID: 13-4015646
www.IAAC.us.