Born in Ranchi, India, Vidhu Aggarwal grew up in the Southern U.S., primarily in Louisiana and Texas. Her multi-media works in video, poetry, and scholarship are oriented around Bollywood spectacle, carnival, and science fiction. Her poems appeared in the top 25 of 2016 in Boston Review. Her collection of poems The Trouble with Humpdori (2016) received the Editor's Choice Prize from The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, was a handpicked selection with Small Press Distribution, and was selected by Sundress Publications as one of the best books of 2016. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, Juked, [PANK], Pedestal, Sugar House Review, INK BRICK, Project As [I] Am, Norton’s Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond, and The Electric Gurlesque (forthcoming Saturnalia). A Kundiman fellow, she is the founding editor of SPECS, a multi-media journal with issues on “Homuncular Flexibility,” “Toys,” and “Faux Histories.” She has worked with John Sims Projects on “The 13 Flag Funerals” in Florida, and with artist Bishakh Som on “Lady Humpadori,” a poetry/comic book collaboration. Her latest manuscript, Avatara, concerns the romance between a temporary Y2K tech worker and a unicorn A.I. She is on the executive board of Thinking Its Presences: Race, Advocacy, Solidarity in the Arts, and teaches poetry and postcolonial/transnational studies at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.
Dark Continent Dubfeed: On Vidhu Aggarwal’s The Trouble with Humpadori by Angela Peñaredondo