Tucson Festival of Books

Priyanka Kumar


Priyanka Kumar is the author of the critically-acclaimed books "Conversations with Birds" and "Take Wing and Fly Here." Her essays and criticism appear in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Orion, and High Country News. Her work has been featured on CBS News Radio, Psychology Today, and Oprah Daily. She is a recipient of a Playa Residency, an Aldo & Estella Leopold Writing Residency, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award, a New Mexico/New Visions Governor’s Award, a Canada Council for the Arts Grant, an Ontario Arts Council Literary Award, and an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Fellowship.

Kumar holds an MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and is an alumna of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She wrote, directed and produced the feature documentary "The Song of the Little Road," starring Martin Scorsese and Ravi Shankar. Kumar has taught at the University of California Santa Cruz and the University of Southern California, and serves on the Board of Directors at the Leopold Writing Program.

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Awards: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award, New Mexico/New Visions Governor's Award, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Fellowship

Communities: Asian American


Scheduled events:
Workshop: Search for Solitude
The poet Rilke exhorted writers to cultivate a great solitude. In this session, Pryanka Kumar will reveal where to find solitude in a tech-saturated age.

UA Main Library 254/Main Floor (Seats 50, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 4, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Nature / Environment / Outdoor Adventure
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Priyanka Kumar
Our Feathered Friends
Fierce. Enchanting. Vital. Birds are all this and more. Join us as authors Priyanka Kumar and Sy Montgomery share their experiences and stories on the Science stage.

Science City - Main Stage (Seats 195)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Science City (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Priyanka Kumar, Sy Montgomery
Moderator: Liz Scherffius

Books:
Conversations with Birds
Nature / Environment / Outdoor Adventure
Milkweed Editions
November 2022
ISBN 9781571313997
304 pages

Take Wing and Fly Here
Fiction / Literature
Sherman Asher Publishing
July 2013
ISBN 9781890932442
239 pages