Art in Dialogue: Contemporary Tibetan Women Writers on Home, Exile, and the Writing Life

April 12, 2023 4:30PM to 6:30PM
LUAG Main Galleries, Zoellner Arts Center

with Tsering Wangmo Dhompa and Tenzin Dickie in conversation with Dominique Townsend

Join memoirist, professor and poet Tsering Wangmo Dhompa; writer, editor and translator Tenzin Dickie; and poet, scholar and translator Dominique Townsend for an intimate evening of readings and wide-ranging conversation about Tibetan literature,memoir, poetry, art, and the writing process. Reception in the galleries to follow.

Event is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Gateway to Himalayan Art. Sponsored by the Lehigh Asian Studies Department and the Lehigh University Art Galleries.


Art in Dialogue is a series of interdisciplinary conversations between members of the university and the wider community - reflecting the ways in which their work is dynamically engaged with other fields of inquiry.

Panelist Bios



Tsering Wangmo Dhompa is the author of the poetry books My Rice Tastes Like the Lake, In the Absent Everyday, and Rules of the House (all from Apogee Press, Berkeley) and three chapbooks of which Revolute was published in 2021 by Albion Books. Dhompa's first non-fiction book, Coming Home to Tibet, was published in the US by Shambhala Publications in 2016 and byPenguin, India in 2014. She was born in India and raised in the Tibetan refugee communities inIndia and Nepal. Dhompa teaches in the English Department at Villanova University.




Tenzin Dickie is a writer and a translator. Her edited anthology Old Demons, New Deities:Twenty One Short Stories from Tibet was published by OR Books in 2017. A graduate of Harvard and Columbia, she is currently communications officer at the Buddhist Digital Resource Center and managing editor of the Journal of Tibetan Literature. She was a Fulbright fellow and a fellow of the American Literary Translators’ Association, as well as an editor of the TibetanPolitical Review, Apogee Journal, and the Treasury of Lives. Her poetry was most recentlyanthologized in Modern English Poetry by Younger Indians published by the Indian Academy of Letters.
Dominique Townsend is Associate Professor of Buddhist Studies at Bard College. She is the author of A Buddhist Sensibility: Aesthetic Education at Tibet’s Mindröling Monastery (Columbia University Press, 2021), Shantideva: How to Wake Up a Hero, an adaptation of the classic text for young readers (Wisdom Publications, 2015), and a collection of poems, The Weather & Our Tempers (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2014). Her research interests include the interplay between the religious and the secular, Tibetan Buddhist dreams and dreaming, aesthetics, poetics, and translation theory.
Image: Ushnishavijaya, Tibet, 17th Century, Gilt Copper Alloy, Rubin Museum of Art, Gift of Ralph Redford C2008.29 (HAR 57012)