CHICAGO: August 11, 2015. (PCP) From New Delhi to New York, and all the places in between, the sixth issue of online literary journal Jaggery showcases international writers and artists of South Asian heritage with a myriad of intersectional identities. It can be found at http://jaggerylit.com/
The publication features work from writers and visual artists who identify with the U.S.A, India, Canada, Scotland, France, Pakistan, Japan, London, and Germany. The artists reveal diverse experiences of South Asian cultures in their homelands and the countries of the diaspora. They explore wide-ranging issues such as aging and disability, the persecution of Sikhs in Delhi, roofs, rotis, de-sensitization to violence through media, creative process, magic and mythology, and the struggle of diasporic children who long to communicate in their grandmothers’ languages.
Designed to promote conversation between homeland and diasporic communities around the globe, Jaggery includes fiction, poetry, nonfiction, reviews, photography and other visual art. The sixth issue features new fiction, poetry, essays and interviews by Padma Viswanathan, Jamila-Khanom Allidina, Khairani Barokka, Poornima Laxmeshwar, Geetha Sukumaran, Dr. Summer Pervez, and Nina Bhattacharya; photography and art by Lilla Dent, Christa Pandey, Louie Crew Clay, and Uttam Grandhi; as well as reviews of recent work by Meena Alexander, Olivier Lafont, and Susmita Bhattacharya.
Editor-in-chief Mary Anne Mohanraj says the name Jaggery was inspired by the unrefined dark brown sugar used as sweetener throughout South Asia.
“Jaggery reflects not only modern South Asia, but also its colonial history. We aim to provide a literary and artistic experience that is dark, complex, intense — and provocative.”
Jaggery is now reading submissions for its Fall 2015 issue.