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Migritude: A Book Reading by Author, Shailja Patel
CNN called Shailja Patel “the people-centered face of globalization.” An internationally acclaimed Kenyan poet, playwright, activist, and public intellectual, her US publishing debut, Migritude, based on her acclaimed one-woman show, went to #1 on Amazon's bestsellers in Asian Poetry, and was a Seattle Times bestseller. She has appeared on the BBC World Service, NPR and Al-Jazeera. Her work has been translated into 16 languages.
Honors include a Sundance Theatre Fellowship, a Creation Fund Award from the National Performance Network, the Fanny-Ann Eddy Poetry Award from IRN-Africa, the Voices of Our Nations Poetry Award, a Lambda Slam Championship, and the Outwrite Poetry Prize. In 2011, the African Women's Development Fund named her one of Fifty Inspirational African Feminists for the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, Elle India Magazine selected her as one of its 25 New Guard Influencers, and Poetry Africa honored her as Letters To Dennis Poet, continuing the legacy of renowned South African anti-apartheid activist Dennis Brutus.
In 2012, she was selected as Kenya's poet for Poetry Parnassus, in the London Cultural Olympiad. Visit www.shailja.com. Twitter: @shailjapatel