A Home in Tibet: Reading by Tsering Wangmo Dhompa, Thursday, May 4, 2017, 5:20-6:50pm, Humanities Lecture Hall, Rm 206

March 16, 2017


As part of UC Santa Cruz's Spring 2017 Living Writers Series, CLRC graduate student Mellon fellow, author, and poet Tsering Wangmo Dhompa reads from her memoir A Home in Tibet: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Belonging (Penguin India, 2014).

About A Home in Tibet

When her mother dies in a car accident along a great highway in India, far from her country and her family, Tsering decides to take a handful of her ashes to Tibet. She arrives at the foothills of her mother’s ancestral home in a nomadic village in East Tibet to realize that she had been preparing for this homecoming all her life. Everything is familiar to her, especially the flowers of the Tibetan summer. She understands then the gift her mother had bequeathed her: the love of a land.

tsering headshotPoet Tsering Wangmo Dhompa's parents fled Tibet in 1959. Raised by her mother in Tibetan communities in Dharamsala, India, and Kathmandu, Nepal, Dhompa earned a BA and an MA from Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, an MA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University. She is the author of the poetry chapbooks In Writing the Names (2000) and Recurring Gestures (2000) and the full-length collections Rules of the House (2002), In the Absent Everyday (2005), and My Rice Tastes like the Lake (2011), which was a finalist for the Northern California Independent Bookseller’s Book of the Year Award for 2012. Fluent in several languages and dialects—including Tibetan, Hindi, and Nepali—Dhompa writes in English. Through innovative structures and schemas, her poetry articulates the nostalgia of displaced Tibetans, recording the memories of elders in Tibetan communities. She has received grants from the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Galen Rowell Fund and has been a writing fellow at the MacDowell Colony and Hedgebrook. She is pursuing a PhD in Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

This free, public reading is sponsored by the Living Writers Series.