I have to put together a…

I have to put together a list of everything I've accomplished professionally in the last few years. (Since I was hired at UIC, September 2008). Yes, I should have been keeping this list all along, no doubt. No, I haven't been. Yes, it's going to hurt, trying to figure out every place I've done a reading or whatever. But I have to try, and it needs to be done today. If anyone is bored and would like to help crowdsource my accomplishments (googling? browsing this journal?), would appreciate the help.

Sadly, having Anand and raising Kavi do not count.

Update: It turns out I do have some of this documented (yay!) -- but it stops in May 2010 (boo!). What have I done for you LATELY?

Update 2: Hmm...does writing two invited guest blogs at Whatever during RaceFail count as 'publishing'? I think they were significant to the community, and I worked hard on them. But -- publishing??

    Major Awards and Honors:

  • April 8, 2009: Received Breaking Barriers Award from the Chicago Foundation for Woman for Asian American arts organizing
  • Winter 2010: Bodies in Motion selected for One Book, One Truman program
  • May 27 - 31, 2010: Guest of Honor, WisCon


  • pending: "Jump Space" to Queer Ink anthology
  • pending: "The Princess in the Forest" to The Speculative Ramayana anthology
  • September 1, 2008: "Sequins" to Tumbarumba
  • October 14, 2008: "Lotta and Bindi: Dolls for a Biracial Child" (article) to Wondertime
  • October 2008: "Silence and the Word," "White Sheets," and "Under the Skin" accepted to collaborative play Yoni ki Baat, Rasaka Theatre Company, Chicago
  • November 2008: "catch me if you can" (poem) to Exquisite Corpuscle anthology
  • Feburary 2009: "Jump Space" to Thoughtcrime Experiments
  • January 2010: "Talking to Elephants" to Abyss & Apex Magazine


  • June 11 - 14, 2009: Organized and held 3rd Biennial Kriti Festival, Chicago

    Readings, Signings and Performances:

  • November 18, 2008: Northwestern SASA Speaker
  • December 26-27, 2008: Reading ("Under the Skin") and conference presentation ("Cover Art for Desi Writer: Men vs. Women"), SALA Conference, San Francisco
  • February 27, 2009: Women Out Loud reading, Chicago
  • March 30, 2009: staged reading of "The Yellow Dress," through the Incubator Workshop: Rasaka Theatre and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
  • January 23, 2010: Kalakranti performance
  • March 3, 2010: Talk at Truman College (part of One Book, One Truman program)
  • April 7, 2010: Northwestern Colloquium on Ethnicity and Diaspora, talk centering on work-in-progress, Arbitrary Passions
  • April 9, 2010: Reading, Highlands Ranch Library, near Denver, CO
  • April 17, 2010: Booksigning, Oak Park Main Library
  • April 24, 2010: Keynote speaker, LUCES Women of Color Conference, Loyola University, Chicago
  • June 19, 2010: Reading, SE Wisconsin Festival of Books, Waukesha
  • September 16, 2010: Reading, Subcontinental Drift, Chicago

4 thoughts on “I have to put together a…”

  1. Say your blogs at Whatever got 300 substantive comments, and you can skip the question of whether they were published. Saying 100 readers at Truman College, 200 people at your Wiscon speech would be impressive too.

  2. Mary Anne Mohanraj

    Hmm…I don’t think they typically list # of comments on these things, or # attending. I think it was close to 1000 comments at Whatever, and 1000 attending the WisCon speech — Truman was more like 100. But it would look a little weird listing those numbers…

  3. The numbers are awkward, but they will impress people that never heard of Whatever or Wiscon. How else would they know how impressive your achievements are?

  4. Mary Anne Mohanraj

    Heh. I agree in practice, Matt, but in principle, I think it’s just not done to tout numbers in academia. Perhaps because if the true numbers were known (for readers of obscure monograph X), it would be too embarrassing for everyone involved. 🙂

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