Jocelyn Cullity will read from her novel, Amah and the Silk Winged Pigeons. Jocelyn Cullity's English family lived in India for five generations. When she was fourteen, she transcribed her great-great-great aunt's diary about being held hostage for five months during the 1857 "Indian Mutiny" in the city of Lucknow. Based on a true story of colonial events in Lucknow, Cullity's debut novel, Amah and the Silk-Winged Pigeons, illustrates for the first time the lost history of the Afro-Indian, Muslim women who fought against the English hoping to save the city they loved.
Cullity’s writing has appeared in The Writer's Chronicle, Blackbird, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Minerva Rising. She teaches Creative Writing at Truman State University, and lives in Columbia, Missouri. This event is co-sponsored by the UI South Asian Studies Program.