Projects

current/recent

“Grace us with your presence”, a short play performed as part of Tonya Pinkin’s Truth and Reconciliation of Womyn series, April 14, 2019

“Problematic”: Co-written dark comedy pilot with Pranav Behari.

“Is Authenticity in Yoga Even Possible?”: An audio documentary in pre-production.

past

“Park Slope”: Co-directed absurdist video with Hanna Edizel, set to rapper OHYUNG’s ‘Park Slope’. Watch

“Inherited Trauma”: Curator/producer of a show first exhibited at Local Project + day-long series of performances, for the Long Island City Arts Open Festival, May 2017.

“Reflections on Tirhut”: Co-author of essay with Dr. William R. Pinch on the water history of Mithila. Forthcoming publication in The Power of Bhakti: Social Location and Public Affect in India’s Religion of the Heart (University of Washington Press). Research presented at “Exploring Bhakti: Is Bhakti a language of power or protest?” conference, South Asian Studies Council, Yale University, May 2016.

“hometown browns”: Co-host of free-form radio show for three seasons on WESU Middletown 88.1 FM—South Asian culture, humor and music. Spin-off podcast in development for Summer/Fall 2017.

Oral histories: Collaborator on a book/media project with Dr. Indira Karamcheti, building narratives of the South Asian immigrants who found a way to the US before the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act.

“The First Americans”: Researcher for Dr. Karamcheti’s project on 19th-century seamen who might have been from India, and the treatment of race and difference in the Seamen Protection Certificates.

Madhushala: Translated a large portion of the neo-romanticist Hindi book of 135 quatrains from 2011-2012.

Rubbing Eyes and Rings: Play performed at CultureHub NY for “Verbally Challenged: Digital Dialogues” where Manchester and NYC used telepresence to create a hybrid analog-digital performance.

Appearances

Upcoming

Producing After Party Presents: Service, The Footlight, July 16, 2019

Past

Produced After Party Presents: Futures, The Footlight, June 2019

Performance, On This Day, Caveat May 2019

Reading, “Pet Culture,” Call Your Mama, QED, May 2019

Reading “Colonial Propaganda,” 826NYC, Pete’s Candy Store, May 2019

Launch, After Party Presents: Love, The Footlight, May 2019

Reading, “Test of Love,” 826NYC: Valentine’s Day, Pete’s Candy Store, February 2019

Reading, “The Killing Of A Tiger,” Diwali Party, Union Hall, November 2018

Performance/Talk: “The Languages Of Privilege” with Amin Husain, Brooklyn International Performance Arts Festival, Panoply Performance Lab, September 2019

Reading, “Casual Imperialism Of The American Tourist,” Final Fantasy: AUNTIFA, Friends and Lovers, August 2018

Appearance, “Affirmative Reaction,” SiriusXM, May 2018

Appearance “The Academy Awards,” The Katie Halper Show, March 2018

Panel Moderation, SAKHI and “The Problem with Apu”, TIME Inc. Theater, January 31, 2018.

Reading, “Pores.” Barriers to Bridges: Building Solidarity through Storytelling, New Women Space, November 25, 2017.

Closing conversation, “Sahana Ramakrishnan’s A Night in the Woods,” Field Projects, October 2017.

Reading, “Pores.” Tweeting and Deleting: Brooklyn, Quimby’s Bookstore, October 10, 2017.

Recurring panelist, Season 3. The Grapevine, Fall 2017.

“Episode 9.” The Hamza Khan Show, September 1, 2017.

“South Asian (Mis)Representations Onscreen.” WNYC, The Brian Lehrer Show, July 26, 2017.

“A Conversation with Aditi Natasha Kini about ‘The Big Sick’.” DaveChen.net, July 13, 2017.

“What is Park Slope but a petri dish of neo-feudalism, artists ask in absurdist music video.” Brokelyn, May 25, 2017.

Writing

Creative Nonfiction

“I Assimilate into Mere Bubbles,” The Rumpus, February 5, 2019

“The Stages Of My Life, In Usernames,” VICE Magazine “Privacy and Perception” Issue, Broadly, June 18, 2018.

“Why I Asked My White Coworkers to Call Me By My Middle Name” Girlboss. March 2, 2018.

Fiction, Poetry, Etc

“Pet Culture,” Vol 1 Brooklyn, June 9, 2019

“charmed,” Fearsome Critters Vol 2, May 7, 2019

Culture

“Tipu’s Magic Box Was Stolen. It Should Not Be For Sale,” New York Times, June 27, 2019 (online), June 29, 2019 (print)

“The Death Of a Symbol: How Western Writers Exploit The Tiger,” Lithub, February 11, 2019

“Ghost In My Mouth,” Bitch Magazine, GHOST Issue, September 2018

“The Casual Imperialism Of The American Tourist,” Bitch Magazine, August 28, 2018

“Tools of Supremacy” EFNIKS Magazine, “MODEL” Issue. May 17, 2018.

“The Myth of The Male Genius” Bitch Magazine. May 14, 2018.

“How Might We Decolonize The Brooklyn Museum?” Pacific Standard. May 8, 2018.

“Feminists were right: Ignoring online misogyny has deadly consequences” Washington Post. April 30, 2018.

“Mattel has no business turning Frida Kahlo into a Barbie” Washington Post. March 14, 2018.

“Does ‘Call Me By Your Name’ expose the Oscars’ problem with sex?” Playboy. March 1, 2018.

“Why Pay Secrecy is Inherently Anti-Feminist” Wear Your Voice. February 14, 2018.

“The Politics of South Asian Representation” ShondaLand. February 6, 2018.

“Queer Muslim Artists Are Beyond A “Movement” INTO. January 24, 2018.

“The Model Minority Is Not a Myth: It’s Ajit Pai” The Root. January 19, 2018.

Lady Bird‘s glaring white mediocrity” The Week. December 7, 2017.

“Milk and Vine’s Viral Success Is White Mediocrity Capitalizing on Rupi Kaur’s Work” Teen Vogue, November 15, 2017.

“How Reddit Is Used to Indoctrinate Young Men Into Becoming Misogynists” Vice Canada, Reposted on Vice US, November 15, 2017.

“The Fists Of White Men: Orientalism and Yellow Peril in ‘The Defenders’.” Bitch Media, August 29, 2017.

“The Problem with ‘Aladdin’.” Bitch Media, July 17, 2017.

“I’m Tired of Watching Brown Men Fall in Love With White Women Onscreen.” Jezebel, July 6, 2017.

Journalism/Nonfiction/Academic

“The Waterscape of Mithila,” Bhakti and Power: Debating India’s Religion of the Heart, Textbook published May 16, 2019

“Sad, Brown and Gay: Let’s Talk About Queer and Trans Mental Health in the South Asian Diaspora,” INTO, December 26, 2018. (Research supported by an ASJA grant)

“Does Hollywood really care about abuse?” Oxygen, March 5, 2018

“#MeToo: There’s a List Circulating of Sexual Abusers on College Campuses”AlterNet. February 9, 2018.

“A New Exhibit Explores the Art and Identity of Queer Muslims” Vice. February 7, 2018.

“She’s So Basic: 6 Common Mediocre-White-Girl Tropes Found in TV and Movies” The Root. December 15, 2017.