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Rahul Mehta Speaks at Lit House
A writer whose debut short story collection has been lauded for its unique focus on the world through the eyes of gay Indian American men will continue the spring lecture series “Queer Voices” at the Rose O’ Neill Literary House. Rahul Mehta, who published his short story collection Quarantine in 2011, will speak on March 22.
The event, which begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Lit House, is free and open to the public.
Mehta grew up in West Virginia and received his MFA from Syracuse University. He is a professor at the University of the Arts, where he teaches creative writing. Quarantine (HarperCollins), which won the Lambda Literary Award and the Asian American Literary Award for Fiction, consists of nine stories that focus on the lives of openly gay Indian American men. These stories reveal “a surprising new voice: gentle, even tender, but powerful,” says author Pankaj Mishra. Author Robert Olen Butler says Quarantine is “an extraordinary book that transcends gender and race and culture and sexual identity to speak to our universal humanity and the quest we all share for a self.”
Mehta’s stories in Quarantine, along with several of his other short stories and essays, have appeared individually in publications such as Kenyon Review, Epoch, The New York Times, Elle, and the International Herald Tribune. In 2011 Mehta was honored by Out magazine as one of its “Out 100” most inspiring people.
The Rose O’Neill Literary House’s series “Queer Voices” concludes on April 5 with “An Evening of Creative Nonfiction with Daisy Hernández.” For more information on these events or the Literary House visit the website at http://www.washcoll.edu/centers/lithouse/.