Colorado Immigrant Poet’s Resume

 

   Dear Arts Educators:

Ms. Solomon is available as a featured poet/speaker and workshop facilitator at American high schools, colleges and universities, churches, libraries, women’s groups and book clubs for pre-arranged fee and transportation.  

Publications: Anushka Anastasia Solomon is an Evergreen, Colorado poet and freelance columnist/contributor to The Denver Post, Op-Ed/Colorado Voices (2002-2003), Canyon Courier, Her Letters To The World, The Asia Literary Review, MalaysiaKini.com, Mascara Literary Review, Mountain Connection, Colorado Serenity, Progenitor of Arapahoe Community College, Relief: A Christian Literary Expression etc. Her creative non- fiction essays have been accepted by Chrysalis Reader.

She is the author of  Please, God, Don’t Let Me Write Like A Woman, Finishing Line Press 2007 and  The Hindu and The Punk, Pudding House Press 2009.

 

Amnesty International: Ms. Solomon’s poetry was read by Amnesty International at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Scotland in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

2007: One of 12 writers/journalist featured in Amnesty International’s Imprisoned Writers, At Risk or in Exile Series. Selected poems read from Please, God, Don’t Let Me Write Like A Woman, Finishing Line Press.

The 12 include Cuban journalist, Pablo Pacheco Avila, Iranian 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, Nigerian Chris Abani, Indian novelist Arundhati Roy, Chinese journalist Shi Tao, Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho, Kenyan activist Wangari Maathai, Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya who was murdered in 2006, imprisoned Burmese democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi the, Palestinian refugee writer in Scotland Iyad Hayatleh, and Tibetan writer Woeser whose works have been banned in China.

 
2008: One of 8 women featured in Amnesty International’s Heroes and Heroines Exhibition. The 8 women featured included: Anna Politkovskaya, Lydia Cacho, Shirin Ebadi, Arundhathi Roy, Wangari Maathai, Aung San Suu Kyi and Woeser.2009: Amnesty International read Ms. Solomon’s poem, Of The Indian I’m Not. She was featured at the Glasgow Women’s Library, International Heroines Exhibition for speaking up against human rights abuses in the face of repression. Scottish writer A. L Kennedy read excerpts of the women’s work.Awards & Recognitions:  2009: Anushka Solomon won 3rd Prize in the Denver Woman’s Press Club (DWPC) In-House Writers Competition for  “Gegen Klimt”, an ekphrasis poem.

2007-Current: On the panel of poetry judges for DWPC’s The Unknown Writers’ Competition.  

2007: Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts nominee, Denver, Colorado, Office of Cultural Affairs.

2007: Writers On War: How Do We Write The Political In A Time of War? Presented  literary readings and discussion into the cultural experience of war with Nick Arvin, author of Articles of War and Rawdon Tomlinson, Colorado Book Award Winner in Poetry at an event hosted by Chris Ransick, Denver Poet Laureate and Dr. Kathryn Winograd, at Arapahoe Community College.

1995: 3rd prize winner of the IV Malaysian National Short Story Competition sponsored by The New Straits Times-SHELL.

 

Background: 

Poetry and Creative Writing  for  Ms. Solomon is a  tool to utilize, understand, adopt and embrace new ideas that  develop a strong sense of individual identity amidst a complex, mercurial and disturbing modern world. Ms. Solomon re-imagines, carefully observes, listens and envisions the world afresh. The result is a powerful transformative message rendered in poetry, affirming the life giving properties of poetry, art and literature – it’s power to heal, empower and engage the student of life.

Ms. Solomon ‘s work  reflects her multicultural/multilingual background, and American college education at diverse schools – University of Missouri-Columbia and Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. As a Malaysian-American, a legal immigrant to the United States, Anushka Solomon is  a unique voice.

Prior to fleeing Malaysia, her country of origin, in 1998, Ms. Solomon taught English As A Second Language, Critical Thinking and Listening/Speaking Skills  at two different Malaysian institutions ITM, (a Malay-Muslim institution) and INTI College, (a college set up by Chinese Malaysian businessmen to address existing racial educational opportunity disparity in Malaysia).

Anushka Anastasia Solomon, B.A (Hampshire College, MA)

Poet/Educator/Motivational Speaker

Author Website: http://www.atthewindow.us

Email: solomon_rex@hotmail.com

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