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Celebrate MUSTH by Ashwini Bhasi

Celebrate MUSTH by Ashwini Bhasi

Date(s) - 08/26/2021
7:00 pm

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Join us in celebrating Ashwini Bhasi’s first poetry collection, Musth, winner of the 2020 CutBank Chapbook Contest.

ASHWINI BHASI is a bioinformatician from Kerala, India who is interested in exploring the molecular genetics of shame, trauma and chronic pain through poetry and visual art. Her work can be found in Michigan Quarterly Review, RHINO, Kweli, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Frontier Poetry, The Offing, Hobart, Indianapolis Review and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the William J. Shaw Memorial Poetry Prize from Dunes Review and was a finalist for the Rita Dove Poetry Award from the Center for Women Writers. Musth, which won the 2020 CutBank chapbook contest, is her first poetry collection.

Ashwini will be joined by three wildly talented poets:

Joumana Altallal is an Iraqi-Lebanese writer and researcher who was born in Baghdad, and grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia. She received her MFA in poetry at the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program. Her recent work has appeared in The Rumpus, Muzzle Magazine, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Glass: A Journal of Poetry. She is the recipient of fellowships from Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, and the Radius for Arab American Writers.

Christiana Castillo is a Mexican-Brasilian-American poet, educator, and gardener born in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil and based out of the greater Detroit area on Anishinaabe land. Castillo is recipient of fellowships from Room Project, Voices of Our Nation (VONA), and Disquiet International. Previous work of hers can be found in Belt Magazine, The Acentos Review, Riverwise Magazine, and Alegria Magazine’s Latinx Poetry Project. Her chapbook, Crushed Marigold, was published in 2020 with Flower Press. She is currently the Education Director at Youth Arts Alliance where she creates healing centered curriculum for youth in carceral and community settings.

Yasmine Rukia (she/her) is a first generation Lebanese -American experimental poet and short story typist based in Dearborn, Michigan. Her work was featured internationally at the Seven Gardens Artist residency in 2019 (Kerman, Iran) where she served as an Artist-Fellow & appears across the indie-institutional printing gradient exploring the nexus of arabesque-america in: the Black Warrior ReviewBELT Magazine, PAPERMAG, Mizna, Jaffat Al-aqlam, BAHR magazine, The Gordon Square Review, Tinderbox Poetry, and elsewhere. She has two sons, two mountains to call home (Applachia & Mount Lebanon), and enjoys making memes.


This event will be hosted on Zoom. It is open to all gender identities and expressions, and tickets are by donation. Any and all contributions are welcome no matter the amount.

All proceeds will go to WILDLIFE SOS, a conservation non-profit in India with the primary objective of rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife in distress. For further information about the organization and their elephant hospital, go here:

And don’t forget to purchase Ashwini’s book! Visit CutBank at:

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