Fellows Reading: Eduardo Martinez-Leyva and Shastri Akella
Saturday, February 26, 2022
Shastri Akella earned his MFA in Creative Writing and PhD. in Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He previously worked for a street theater troupe and for Google. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Guernica,The Master’s Review, Electric Literature, World Literature Today, Rumpus, PANK, and The Common, among other places. He’s currently finishing up his novel, a queer love story between a gender fluid street performer and a Jewish migrant set in 1990s India. He teaches English at Deerfield Academy and is the fiction editor at Cosmonaut’s Avenue.
Eduardo Martinez-Leyva was born to Mexican immigrants and grew up in the U.S. Mexico border. He has received fellowships from CantoMundo, The Frost Place, and Columbia University, where he obtained his MFA.
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