Amitava Kumar, 27th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Amitava Kumar

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb University Center

Author/Artist Bio

Amitava Kumar was born in Ara, Bihar and grew up in Patna. Amitava Kumar works in multiple genres: poetry, journalism, film, photography, and criticism. His art links these genres in an exploration of postcolonial theory, immigration, exile, global identity, and defining borders. He also draws on his personal experience as an immigrant and the struggles in the life of an immigrant writer. His most recent work includes: Bombay-London-New York (novel, 2002), Passport Photos (memoir, 2000), Pure Chutney (film, 1997), and No Tears for the NRI (poems, 1996). Kumar has been awarded an Outstanding Book of the Year from the Myers Program for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights in North America, the Barach Fellowship (2001), the SAJA prize (2001). He has also received fellowships from the NEH, Yale University, SUNY-Stony Brook, Dartmouth College, and University of California-Riverside.


Kumar read on Friday, October 8th, 2004 at 10:00 a.m.


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