Past Tense / Future Perfect is SAADA's new speaker series featuring storytellers and creators in conversation about artistic practice and future archives.

Join us for the launch of the Past Tense / Future Perfect series: a conversation curated by DJ Rekha (Rekha Malhotra), and featuring Sana Amanat, Mallika Rao, and Fariha Róisín at the Asian American Writers' Workshop (110-112 West 27 Street, Ste. 600, New York, NY 10001) on Friday, November 9. Also featuring music by Anuva.

Doors open at 6:30pm; Event starts at 7:00pm; Light refreshments will be served.


Rekha Malhotra, founder of Basement Bhangra is a DJ, producer, curator, and educator. Rekha was the sound designer for the TONY award-winning Broadway Show, "Bridge and Tunnel" Rekha has done remixes for artists that range from Meredith Monk to Priyanka Chopra, has performed at the Obama White House and internationally. She is currently a Masters Candidate in the Comparative Media Studies at MIT and produces the weekly podcast Bhangra and Beyond.

Sana Amanat is the Director of Content & Character Development at Marvel Entertainment, developing and managing creative content for the company’s various publishing lines. Her credits include Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, Elektra and Hawkeye. Most recently, she co-created the first solo series to feature a Muslim female super hero, Ms. Marvel, which gained worldwide media attention, sparking excitement and dialogue about identity and the Muslim American struggle. She also serve as a Young Leadership Committee board member at the Seeds of Peace, an organization that promotes the empowerment of youth in regions of conflict.

Mallika Rao is an award-winning essayist and reporter with a focus on aesthetics, identity and culture. She writes often on members of diasporic communities, especially Americans with roots in South Asia, exploring small and large aspects of their lives, from food and domesticity, to internal and external biases based on race and class, to questions of how newcomers historically fit into the American ecosystem. Her work appears or is forthcoming at the, Vulture,, the New York Times, the Rumpus, VICE Magazine, the Village Voice, the Believer and NPR.

Fariha Róisín is an Australian-Canadian writer based in Brooklyn. With an interest in her Muslim identity, race, pop culture and film (as well as queerness and how that intersects with being a femme of color navigating a white world) she has written for Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Vice, Fusion, Village Voice and others. Previously, she has co-written a self care column on The Hairpin and currently has an astrology column for them.