Neustadt in the News
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma wrote a response to Neustadt prizewinner Mia Couto’s open letter. Zuma addresses the recent attacks on foreigners in South Africa and mentions how Mozambique became his second home.
Recent Neustadt juror Andrew Lam and his family were some of the first people to escape from Saigon after the Vietnam War. This April marks forty years since Lam escaped Vietnam, and in this PRI broadcast he retraces his journey to the US, including visiting the Vietnamese restaurant his family opened outside of San Francisco.
Princeton University Press recently published a new book about Neustadt prizewinner Elizabeth Bishop. Colm Tóibín writes about Bishop’s early heartbreak and loss while growing up.
Recent Neustadt juror Samrat Upadhyay worries about visiting Nepal after the earthquakes. Upadhyay has fond memories of the landscape and how it inspired him growing up. Even though his family is fine, Upadhyay is still hesitant to see the destruction firsthand when he visits in a few months.
The International Poetry Festival, which takes place in Delhi and Mumbai, will highlight Urdu and Hindi literature. The festival features prominent Urdu poets such as Peerzada Qasim, Gopal Dass Neeraj, Ashok Chakradhar, and Uday Pratap Singh.