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A true everythingist

Friends and colleagues recall the joy and accomplishments of Priscila Uppal

REMEMBRANCE

DANIEL EHRENWORTH

IN 2015, PRISCILA UPPAL participated in an event dubbed “Poetry Games” at what was then known as the International Festival of Authors in Toronto. A group of poets – including Damian Rogers, Andy McGuire, Stevie Howell, Shane Neilson, and Alexandra Oliver – were invited to compete for the opportunity to accompany an IFOA delegation to the Bookworm International Literary Festival in Beijing. When it was Uppal’s turn to read, she ascended the stage wearing a sports shirt with the word “Beijing” emblazoned across it. Before stepping to the podium, she turned to face the audience and executed a perfect Usain Bolt victory pose: her long, runner’s body crouched low, left arm cocked, right arm extended to its full length, like a manifestation of electricity in human form. She then walked to the podium and delivered a noteperfect reading.

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