About JLF Houston
As the world continues to go through extraordinary times and we embrace a completely digital idiom, books, ideas and discourse are vital as is the importance of ensuring a free flow of knowledge and information.
The iconic Jaipur Literature Festival, held annually at the Pink City of Jaipur, Rajasthan, has always believed in the spirit of community and the hope, strength and vitality literature gives. As we distance ourselves from each other physically, Teamwork Arts, the producer of the Jaipur Literature Festival, goes on curating international editions of JLF, which traditionally infuse the multilingual literary heritage of South Asia with the distinct flavor of the host regions, in the digital space with a diverse and engaged community of book-lovers.
While the world grappled with lockdowns and recurring waves of Covid-19, Teamwork Arts, launched ‘JLF Brave New World’, ‘JLF First Edition’, ‘JLF Voices of Faith’ and ‘JLF WORDS ARE BRIDGES’, an eclectic mix of online series of conversations, featuring Nobel Laureates, Man Booker, Pulitzer, Commonwealth, Sahitya Akademi, Crossword, and JCB award-winning writers, and reached out to over 4 million people!
After the success of our first virtual edition in 2020, this year, Teamwork Arts in association with the Consulate General of India, Houston, Asia Society Texas Center, and Inprint bring you JLF Houston Online. We shall celebrate the unique culture, diversity and energy of the Bayou City with the heady freedom of the virtual world and the boundless possibilities of the internet. Everything else remains the same - the camaraderie, the caravan of ideas, and the magical flow of conversations.
CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI
is an award-winning and bestselling novelist, poet, activist, and teacher of writing. She has won many awards, including the American Book Award and the Premio Scanno. Her work has been published in over 100 magazines and anthologies while her books have been translated into 29 languages. She teaches at the internationally acclaimed writing program at the University of Houston.
is CEO of CNA Metals Group, a multi-national brokerage company that specializes in ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal, paper, and plastics. Agrawal’s expertise is in international business development, finance, turnarounds, and commercial real estate.
DURGA & SUSHILA AGRAWAL
are an Indian-American couple. Dr. Agrawal is a member of the UH System Board of Regents and serves as chair on the UH’s endowment management committee. He is the founder of Piping Technology & Products Inc. The University of Houston renamed an engineering building after Agrawal and his wife, Sushila.
is founding CEO and President of Expedien, a data and business analytic company that was awarded the fastest growing firm in America by Inc: 5000 and Houston Business Journal. The company was also recognized as one of the largest software employer in Greater Houston area by Houston Business Journal in 2010 and top 50 fastest growing companies by American Express Open.
has been with Inprint, a Houston based non-profit literary arts organization, for 20 years and now serves as the organization’s Associate Director. Among her many community activities, she has served as president of the Houston chapter of Amnesty International and a commissioner for the Houston Commission on Disabilities under Mayor Annise Parker.
DR. MARIE GORADIA
is a former President of Pratham USA’s Houston chapter and is on the Board of Directors of Pratham USA. Dr. Goradia is also the co-founder of Pratham Houston Young Professionals. An active community volunteer, she serves on the boards of the Asia Society and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
MEDHA & SHASHANK KARVE
have resided in the Houston area for nearly 40 years. They are strong supporters of the arts. Medha has been a docent at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston for more than a decade. Being an avid reader, Medha believes that literary culture, such as what the Jaipur Literature Festival promotes, has an important place in the community.
is currently a co-Chair of the Muslim Series at Asia Society, a Board member of Daya, a non-profit that works with South Asian survivors of domestic violence, and a member of the Arts of the Islamic World Subcommittee at MFAH.
is a poet and, since 1995, executive director of Inprint, a literary organization in Houston, Texas. His collections include Why Me? and the letterpress chapbook One or Two Lights, and his poems have appeared in various publications, including Boulevard,Callaloo, The Florida Review, Gulf Coast, The Hopkins Review, Pool, The Texas Observer, and more.
STEPHANIE TODD WONG
is the Director of Performing Arts and Culture at Asia Society Texas Center. Prior to this position, she served as the Executive Director of Dance Source Houston and Director of Dance Metro DC. She holds a holds a BA in Dance from Mercyhurst College and an MFA in Dance from George Mason University.
From Concept to Curation and Design to Production
The arts of India are unrivalled in their depth, diversity and mystery and showcasing it to global audiences requires a deep understanding of our culture, an acute sense of relevance in programming and an unflinching attention to detail. Above all, we at Teamwork believe in love and respect for the artist.
Teamwork Arts is a highly versatile production company with roots in the performing arts, social action and the corporate world. Our expertise lies in the area of entertainment and includes documentary and feature films , television, the conceptualisation and development of contemporary performing and visual arts and literary festivals around the world, and in nurturing new talents across all art forms.Visit Website