Nimarta Narang, Literary Editor of Brown Girl Magazine, on creating space for a multitude of South Asian stories.
This week, Angela speaks with writer and editor Nimarta Narang, who has worked as a journalist since she was 15 in Thailand and currently oversees Brown Girl Magazine’s literary vertical, commissioning and publishing original fiction from established and emerging South Asian writers.
Brown Girl Magazine, a multimedia company created by and for South Asian womxn, believes in storytelling as a powerful tool for community building. Their team encompasses and welcomes women, femmes, men, gender non-conforming, queer, and transgender individuals living across the diaspora including the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
Angela and Nimarta discuss the publication’s anthology “Untold: Defining Moments of the Uprooted,” (edited by Gabrielle Deonath and Kamini Ramdeen) which features over 30 deeply personal stories exploring South Asian experiences with specificity; coming of age and studying in cities around the world; her work to amplify expansive narratives through the BGM platform and advocate for more inclusive media and publishing industries; and a few contemporary writers currently inspiring her.
Nimarta's podcast and book recs include:
The Chaat Room, hosted by Keertana Sastry & Nikitha Menon — in partnership with Brown Girl Magazine — featuring interviews with South Asians in Hollywood, on and off the screen.
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Books by Adiba Jaigirdar
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal
Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel
Missed Translations: Meeting the Immigrant Parents Who Raised Me by Sopan Deb
Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America by Mayukh Sen
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