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Writer-in-Residence at Pasadena City College: Devi S. Laskar (2019)

Research guide dedicated to present and past Writers-in-Residence at Pasadena City College

About Devi S. Laskar

Devi S. Laskar is a native of Chapel Hill, N.C. She holds an MFA from Columbia University in New York, an MA in South Asian Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BA in journalism and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former newspaper reporter, she is now a poet, photographer and novelist. Her photographs include the cover of The Florida Review; and in the pages of Tiferet Journal and Blue Heron Review.

Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming from The Atlanta Review, Rattle, Fairy Tale Review, Tin House and The Raleigh Review, which nominated her for Best New Poets 2016. Her fiction is forthcoming from Crab Orchard Review. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. She is an alumna of both TheOpEdProject and VONA, among others. In 2017, Finishing Line Press published two poetry chapbooks, “Gas & Food, No Lodging” and “Anastasia Maps."

Devi S. Laskar’s debut novel, The Atlas of Reds and Blues (Counterpoint Press 2019) has garnered praise in The Washington Post, Chicago Review of Books, Booklist and elsewhere, and has appeared on most anticipated lists in TIME, Cosmopolitan (UK), Marie Claire, Nylon &  The Millions.

A native of Chapel Hill, N.C., she now lives in California with her family.

Dates and Times

Devi S. Laskar will be on campus from October 15-17, 2019. The following events are free and open to the public:

Writing Workshop: Tuesday, October 15, 12:00 noon – 1:00pm, Circadian Room

Public Reading / Book Signing: Thursday, October 17, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, Creveling Lounge

Devi S. Laskar: PCC Writer-in-Residence 2019

Poster for Devi Laskar residency with portrait of author and dates of events

About the Writer-in-Residence Program

PCC’s Writer-in-Residence Program aims to enrich the cultural environment of the College and the larger community by bringing to campus for a period of three days a distinguished local writer to interact with students, faculty, staff, and community members.  

Writer-in-Residence events include classroom visits, writing workshops, a faculty luncheon, and a public reading. Writers-in-Residence are interviewed by editors of PCC’s literary magazine Inscape, the interview to be published in the magazine. The residency also offers our visiting writer a wonderful opportunity to promote a recent publication.

The Writer-in-Residence Program is funded by the Pasadena Festival of Women Authors and by several groups on campus, including the Student Services Division and the English Division.