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Readings with Roohi Choudhry and Lydia Blaisdell


Roohi Choudhry grew up in Pakistan, Southern Africa and the Middle East and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her writing has appeared in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, The Normal School, and Callaloo, among others, and has been selected as notable by Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays. A 2015-6 New York Foundation for the Arts fellow, she holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. She teaches and coaches other writers, and consults for the United Nations. Currently, she is working on an essay collection about migration and a novel set in Durban, South Africa.

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Lydia is a recent graduate of the Michener Center for Writers. She was an artist-in-residence at Yaddo in October & November of 2016. Lately she has been workshopping a new cassette play, Bear Eats Bear, with director Katie Van Winkle, which has been performed in Bushwick, NY, Toronto, CA and Austin. Bear Eats Bear will be a site-specific installation with outdoor performances in the 2017 Minnesota Fringe. She’s currently working on a contemporary farce and a play exploring the treatment of the mentally ill. Lydia currently resides in Austin, TX with her puppy. She holds an MFA from the Michener Center and a BA from Columbia.