Professor’s poem selected for debut issue of literary journal
October 20, 2017
Growing up in a tropical climate in India, Lopa Basu wondered
what winter would be like in a place where it’s cold. Snow. Subzero
temperatures. Icy roads and breath. Heavy coats.
Now that she lives in a sub-Arctic climate — she’s an
English professor at UW-Stout — she tries to remember what the warm monsoon
rains felt like as they brought welcome relief to the dry, scorching Indian
Basu draws from those juxtaposed feelings and memories in
her poem “Winter Games,” which has been selected for the debut issue of Barstow
& Grand, an Eau Claire literary journal.
“My poem is about living in two continents and trying to
find a home in the midst of geographical distances,” Basu said.
A journal debut reading, with Basu and many of the 23 other featured
writers, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, a Volume One Gallery in Eau
Claire. The journal includes poetry, fiction and nonfiction.
The event is part of the 18th annual Chippewa Valley Book
Three other writers with UW-Stout connections also had
poetry selected for the debut issue: Jerome Poling, University Communications
assistant director, “Music Man”; Sandra Lindow, recent adjunct instructor in
English, “Prelude”; and Jane Jeffries, recent adjunct instructor in English, “Unforgiveness.”
Of 202 poems submitted to Barstow & Grand, 19 were selected
Basu has focused on scholarly writing about literature during
much of her career but in recent years has been drawn to writing her own
poetry. She has had six poems either accepted or published since 2016. She
attended a poetry residency, Cirenaica, sponsored by the Chippewa Valley
Writers Guild and facilitated by Kimberly Blaeser, former Wisconsin poet
At UW-Stout, she teaches literature and writing, including
the works of many poets.
A former director of the Honors College at UW-Stout, Basu has
a doctorate in English from City University of New York and master’s and
bachelor’s degrees in English from University of Delhi, New Delhi, India.
English Professor Lopa Basu talks with students.