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A Reading by Akil Kumarasamy
The Bard Fiction Prize Winner reads from her work
Monday, April 4, 2022
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Olin Humanities, Room 101
 [A Reading by Akil Kumarasamy] On Monday, April 4 at 2:00 pm in Olin 101, Akil Kumarasamy will read from her work. Presented by the Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series, and introduced by Bard literature professor and novelist Bradford Morrow, the reading is free and open to the student body. Seating is limited. 

Akil Kumarasamy is the author of the story collection, Half Gods. She is the 2021 recipient of the Bard Fiction Prize and her debut novel, Meet Us by the Roaring Sea, is forthcoming with FSG in August 2022.

Praise for Akil Kumarasamy

“Kumarasamy writes with heart, wit, and an unflinching eye about the complexities of family, war, and finding one’s home.” —Sara Novic, Girl at War

“Kumarasamy’s prose is gorgeous and assured, capable of rendering both major tragedy and minor tragedy with care and precision.”
Publishers Weekly

“These are wonderful stories, finely poised, beautifully written, and brimming with a rare wisdom.” —Kanish Tharoor, Swimmer Among the Stars

Contact: Melynda Fuller, [email protected]



In Print

Vol. 80
Ways of Water
Spring 2023
Edited by Bradford Morrow


September 20, 2023
The Rachel stands tuned  
            to multiplicities, 
aslant in a territory of longing,
            where she becomes foreign.

            What has she found?
She listens, acknowledges another sound,
            diffuse, multiple,  
pulsing thought, oscillations, whisperings,
            never only one.
September 13, 2023
I had yet to discover the source of that star, it came and it passed but from where it sprang and then fell to fading remained a mystery. In cycling its light lent its powers to coloring my tablecloth a lighter shade, relieving pigment from its duty to darken, except for those spots where I placed my bottles and cups, shielding only parts of the piece from fading, threads left closer to their original hues hewed to others abandoned as wraiths to their fates, a darker ring the mark of those who stayed behind.
September 6, 2023
Where the trees blackened, I saw,

Quickly, three deer lean into goldenness.

It seems, although wildfires rage

Out of control, this world remembers

Some portion of its first purposes:

Superfluous beauty