For this episode of the podcast, we bring you a recording of our READ LOCAL Onsite event held at Finch Lane Gallery Thursday, Feb. 27. The evening brought together Salt Lake City writers Shauna Brock and Ranjan Adiga, who read from their works, followed by a discussion that explored writers block, fan fiction, coming out, family relationships, being a literary ambassador for an entire country and climbing mountains.
4:22 Shauna Brock reads from “Eskhára”
27:19 Ranjan Adiga reads from “Climbing Mountains in Nepal”
Ranjan Adiga, Associate Professor at Westminster College, grew up in Nepal. His fiction focuses on South Asian immigrants, as well as his homeland. His writing has appeared in Story Quarterly, Belmont Review, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. His story, “Bombay Curry Kitchen,” took second place in the 60th Annual Utah Original Writing Competition.
Shauna Brock, second-place winner of the 2017 Utah Original Writing Competition for novels, is a self-described “bisexual, Polyam dyke.” Brock co-founded Utah’s 1 to 5 Club in 2005. For the past decade, she’s organized the Salt Lake City Writers Group. In 2019, the Utah Pride Center and 1 to 5 Club gifted her the Shauna Brock B+ Community Unicorn Award.
READ LOCAL Onsite is curated by 15 Bytes Literary Editor Calvin Jolley.
READ LOCAL is presented in conjunction with Salt Lake City Arts Council and support from Utah Humanities.
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