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Not all birds sing

Author: Sweta Srivastava Vikram and Claire Anna Watson
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 978-81-8253-208-3
Pub. Date: 2011
Price: $11

Not all birds sing celebrates the rich cross-fertilization of ideas and friendships that occur when people of different disciplines, backgrounds and cultures open their hearts and minds to work together. Ideas blossom; hybrids bloom; dreams soar; and the world gains new wonders.

As the Director of TransCultural Exchange, an organization dedicated to bringing people together through the arts, it is always a delight to watch new collaborations unfold. Projects like Not all birds sing testify to the depth of engagement that can arise from such endeavors.

Sweta Srivastava Vikram (USA) and Claire Anna Watson (Australia) met during the ‘April breeze’ of Alentejo’s spring in Portugal as part of an artist exchange program.

Watson’s Portuguese projects, as well as her previous installations and video works, prompted Vikram to respond in haiku. The result was a fertile dialogue. Their combined expressions stretch across genres, time zones and cultures to coalesce into rare works of distilled poetry – both visual and written – generously offered here.

Mary Sherman
Director: TransCultural Exchange

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Claire Anna Watson

Claire Anna Watson’s recent installations and video works explore ephemeral matter as a site of scientific manipulation and experimentation. She propels the everyday object into a state of dreamlike wonder. Her installations also reveal an abiding interest in spatial and socio – cultural  analysis and a passion for the absurd. She has devised public art projects for the shores of the Black Sea in Turkey, a forest in Finland, the rural plains of Portugal and the snowfields of Australia. Claire is experienced as a curator, writer and arts administrator and is a Master of Fine Art Candidate at Monash University. She lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.

Sweta Srivastava Vikram

Sweta Srivastava Vikram ( is a Pushcart nominated-poet, novelist, author, essayist, columnist, and blogger. She is the author of three chapbooks of poetry, Because All Is Not Lost (Modern History Press); Kaleidoscope: An Asian Journey of Colors (Modern History Press); and Clearing the fog (upcoming from Modern History Press). She is also the co-author of two poetry collections, Whispering Woes of Ganges & Zambezi (Cyberwit) and Not All Birds Sing (Cyberwit). Niyogi Books will publish her first fiction novel, Perfectly Untraditional, in 2011. Her first nonfiction book of prose and poems, tentatively titled, Mouth full, will be published in the UK in 2012. Her musings have also appeared in several anthologies, literary journals, and online publications across six countries in three continents. A graduate of Columbia University, she lives and writes in New York City and reads her work across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Sweta also teaches creative writing workshops. Follow her: On Twitter (@ssvik) or Facebook (

Other Publication By Sweta Srivastava Vikram

Not all birds sing

Not all birds sing
Sweta Srivastava Vikram and Claire Anna Watson
ISBN: 978-81-8253-208-3


Whispering Woes of Ganges & Zambezi

Whispering Woes of Ganges & Zambezi
Sweta S.Vikram and Zimbabwe's Mbizo Chirasha
ISBN: 978-8182531765