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Poet in Focus
Towards Expanding the Imagination of Love, Gender and Sexuality
Queer Poets Collective formed to celebrate & discuss poetry written by Queer individuals in Bangalore, to document queer voices and experiences.
Conceptualised by Rumi Harish and Dadapeer Jyman, the intent of this monthly travelling gathering is to encourage young poets to learn and contribute to queer history by memories, experiences and imagination.
This month the gathering is at Bangalore International Centre and the poet in focus is Uma.
Poets are encouraged to read poems at the gathering.
In collaboration with Queer Poets’ Collective and Maraa
Uma is a member of the transgender community with nearly 22 years a grassroots legal, societal and media advocacy on human rights and social entitlements of sexual and gender minorities. Her work profile includes generating and editing textual and audio visual content highlighting human interest stories, socio-economic and legal challenges, stigma and discrimination of sexual and gender minorities in Karnataka. She is the Founder/Executive Trustee of JEEVA-Trust, a Non Government Organization that focuses on addressing issues around mental health, livelihood and community media for sexual and gender minorities in Karnataka.
Dadapeer Jyman is a Kannada poet and storyteller. He holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics from Karnataka University, Dharwad and currently works as a teacher.
Many of his poems and stories have been published in magazines and newspapers. Recently, he received the ‘Sangaata Katha Prize- 2019’, Vijaya Karnataka short story competition, E-hottige short story prize and other state awards. He translated a novel by Iqbalunnisa Hussain ‘purdah & polygamy‘ in Kannada published by Chanda Pustaka, ‘Neelakurinji‘ anthology of stories published by Vaishnavi Prakasana.
Theatre, history, music, and mathematics are his other interests. He was longlisted for the Toto Award 2020 and shortlisted twice for Chanda Pustaka Bahumaana.