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Priyanka Kumar
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Priyanka Kumar is a filmmaker and the author of the novel Take Wing and Fly Here, the first book in her trilogy about our changing relationship with the American West. She'll be talking about her writing and films at Skylight Books on Sunday November 17th, and she'll also be discussing her book and birding at The New York City Audubon Society lecture series in March 2014.

She is an award-winning writer, director and producer of the feature documentary The Song of the Little Road, about Satyajit Ray, and starring Martin Scorsese, Ismail Merchant, and Ravi Shankar. Kumar’s awards include the New Mexico/New Visions Governor’s award, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award, and an Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences fellowship. She has taught filmmaking at UC Santa Cruz, and she lives in Santa Fe.

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The Novelist as Performer: What Authors Can Learn from Charles Dickens

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 8:39 AM

It's that time of year. A Christmas Carol is being displayed in bookstores and fresh theatrical versions are playing. The prolific Charles Dickens wrote a new Christmas story every year, but in later years he began to dread this labor, calling it "the Christmas Stone."

What Dickens...

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Should You Write a Novel or a Screenplay?

(12) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 11:25 AM

Over a decade ago, as a graduate student at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-TV, I was living a double life. By day, I attended my screenwriting classes, took notes, and asked thoughtful questions; by night, I worked on a literary novel. Actually, I was so wrapped up...

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