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Native Believer

Ali Eteraz & Neelanjana Banerjee

Thursday September 15, 2016

Join author Ali Eteraz as he discusses his novel Native Believer in a conversation moderated by Neelanjana Banerjee.

Ali Eteraz is based at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. He is the author of the coming-of-age memoir Children of Dust (HarperCollins), the surrealist short story collection Falsipedies & Fibsiennes (Guernica Editions), and the novel Native Believer (Akashic Books). Eteraz's short fiction has appeared in the Chicago Quarterly Review, storySouth, and Crossborder, and his nonfiction has been highlighted by NPR, The New York Times, and the Guardian. Recently, Eteraz received the 3 Quarks Daily Arts & Literature Prize, and served as a consultant to the artist Jenny Holzer on a permanent art installation in Qatar. Visit him on the web at

Neelanjana Banerjee's writing has appeared in PANK Magazine, The Rumpus, World Literature Today, Prairie Schooner, and many other places. She is the Managing Editor of Kaya Press, the only US-based press dedicated to Asian diasporic literature; and the co-editor of the anthologies Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas Press) and The Coiled Serpent (Tia Chucha Press), which focuses of current poetry written by Los Angeles' natives and residents. A Fiction Editor with the Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Aerogram, Banerjee also teaches writing workshops with Writing Workshops Los Angeles.




Masterminding Our Ordered Rage

March, 2017
First Workshop: Tuesday September 20th, 630PM

In March 2017, to acknowledge, affirm and support “the critical role that Black lives and struggles for Black liberation have played in inspiring and anchoring, through practice and theory, social movements for the liberation of all people” as expressed by the #BlackLivesMatter movement, Twelve Gates Arts -- a Philadelphia-based South Asian arts nonprofit -- will host performances and an art exhibition by South Asian/American or Desi and Black artists paired in groups across multiple disciplines a result of a series of moderated workshops.

Inspired by Yolanda Wisher's poem "From Imhotep's Kundalini", the artists participating in this Art Intervention will explore from diverse angles (e.g., religion, music, etc.) the devastating American landscape strewn with the detritus of Black lives, highlighting those lives whose time to emerge from the shadows is long overdue -- queer and trans, the disabled, the undocumented, the poor, the incarcerated, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It is this same landscape of systematic yet coolly indifferent state violence against Black people that generations of South Asian Americans also call home, immigrant and non-immigrant. #BLM@12G hopes to unflinchingly explore the concrete differences in "context, experience and oppression" in the various Black and Desi lives at stake by examining the ways in which we collectively participate in [anti-Black racism], even unintentionally" and by exploring the interplay between #BLM and other social justice movements in the South Asian context.

For inquiries and interest contact


12G party in New York

When: Saturday October 22nd 2016
Where: 424 W 54th Street

Join 12Gates in New York on Saturday October 22nd!
Details to come...


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Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) New York
A Season-long Platform, September 8 - November 18, 2016

As a proud ACAW Consortium Partner , we are pleased to participate in the 11th edition of Asia Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) - A curatorial & educational platform connecting over 40 New York & Asia based art institutions to present cutting-edge exhibitions, innovative projects, provocative dialogues and festivities citywide, culminating in ACAW's signature program FIELD MEETING Take 4: Thinking Practice and other special events.

For more information on ACAW 2016 and FIELD MEETING visit:

Twelve Gates Arts is pleased to support Amina Ahmed in FIELD MEETING Take 4: Thinking Practice.

Twelve Gates Arts (12G) is a non profit (501(c)(3)) organization created with the aim to showcase international multidisciplinary arts bound by the sensibilities of a diasporic identity, especially the South Asian identity, and to create and promote projects in the community that cross geographic and cultural boundaries.