The idea for Sangam House as a writers’ residency located in India was born on a sweet, summer evening in up-state New York at another writers’ residency, Writers Omi at Ledig House. Literatures in many languages flourish in the sub-continent and literary cultures are strong but it’s almost impossible for writers to access quiet and supportive spaces in which they can do their work. Particularly if they are working in languages other than English. These writers often lack practical support, as well as opportunity to interact with contemporaries from other languages and perspectives. Hence, the idea that since many could not make it to residencies across the world, we’d bring the idea of a residency for writers to India.
Sangam House day to day business is taken care of by its founders, DW Gibson and Arshia Sattar. They raise funds, receive and sort applications, set up a committee of readers who select writers from among the diverse applications that come in and administer the residency season in terms of taking care of resident writers as well as organising outreach programs such as public readings and other interactions with local literary communities.
ARSHIA SATTAR – SOUTH ASIA CONTACT
Arshia Sattar has a Ph.D. in classical Indian literatures from the University of Chicago. Her translations from Sanskrit, Tales from the Kathasaritsagara and The Ramayana of Valmiki have been published by Penguin Books. She has also written four books for children, Kishkindha Tails, Pampa Sutra, Adventures with Hanuman (Red Turtle, 2013), and The Ramayana for Children (Juggernaut, 2016, and forthcoming from Restless Books, 2017). Her other recent publications include Lost Loves: Exploring Rama’s Anguish (Penguin, 2011), The Best of Quest (ed., Westland Books, 2011), and Uttara: The Book of Answers (Penguin, 2016, forthcoming from Rowman and Littlefield, 2017).
DW GIBSON – U.S. CONTACT
DW Gibson is the author of the awarding-winning book The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the Twenty-First Century and Not Working: People Talk About Losing a Job and Finding Their Way in Today’s Changing Economy. He shared a National Magazine Award for his work on “This Is the Story of One Block in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn” for New York Magazine. His work has also appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Village Voice, and The Caravan. Gibson has been a contributor to NPR’s All Things Considered and “There Goes the Neighborhood,” a podcast co-produced by WNYC and The Nation. His documentary film, Not Working, a companion to the book, is available through Films Media Group. His directorial debut, Pants Down, premiered at Anthology Film Archives in New York.
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RAHUL SONI – PROGRAMMES COORDINATOR
Rahul Soni is a writer, editor and translator. He is Editorial Head at Writer’s Side, a literary agency, and Associate Editor at Almost Island, a literary journal. Previously, he worked as Editor-at-Large (India) with Asymptote, an international journal of literature in translation. He also founded and, from 2008 to 2012, edited Pratilipi, a literary journal, and Pratilipi Books, an independent publishing imprint. His work has appeared in a number of journals in India and abroad. He has edited the anthology of Hindi poetry in English translation, Home From A Distance (Pratilipi Books, 2011), and translated Shrikant Verma’s collection of poems, Magadh (Almost Island, 2013) and Geetanjali Shree’s novel The Roof Beneath Their Feet (HarperCollins, 2013). He was a Charles Wallace Visiting Fellow in Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia in 2010, and received the Sangam House Fellowship in 2012.
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PASCAL SIEGER – SEASON COORDINATOR
Pascal Sieger is a musician, a translator and an anthropologist. He has lived in India for 16 years and lives now between Paris and South India. Since 2000, he is a member (musician and musical director) of the contemporary theatre company Adishakti based in Pondicherry. He also plays and performs as a solo saxophone player and in other various set ups. His translation work is mostly in the technical field and he has translated several books for European and Indian publishers. His anthropological research focuses on artists’ networks in India.
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GILES HAZELGROVE – SEASON COORDINATOR
Giles Hazelgrove is a writer and an interior designer. He lives between London, deepest rural France and anywhere in India that will have him, staring at odd things, chatting to anyone and scribbling it all down. He first came to Sangam House as the recipient of the 2015 M Residency and liked it so much he refused to leave. His first novel Confluence was shortlisted for the 2015 Peters Fraser and Dunlop CityNovel prize. His current novel, Outside Bangalore, has just decided it would much rather be a collection of short stories. He is the official Sangam Santa and has bought a new beard.
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Sangam House depends on the support of our Board of Trustees as well as our advisors and selectors, our host institutions and a cheerful team of volunteer staff.
Sangam House has benefited from the advice and support of:
Arundhathi Subramaniam, poet and editor of the India domain of Poetry International Web.
Chandrahas Choudhury, author and columnist.
Giriraj Kiradoo, poet and editor of the bi-lingual journal Pratilipi.
Kannan Sundaram, publisher, Kalachuvadu.
Lidia Bravo, poet and novelist.
Namita Gokhale, novelist and one of the Founders and Directors of the Jaipur Literary Festival.
Nilanjana Roy, writer, editor and columnist.
R. Sivapriya, editor at Juggernaut.
Rahul da Cunha, playwright and theatre director.
Ravi Singh, publisher at Speaking Tiger.
Urvashi Butalia, publisher, Zubaan Books.
Vivek Shanbhag, writer and editor, Deshakaala.
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