Hands for Language (Forthcoming)


Hands for Language is a groundbreaking poetry collection that expands the dialogue around literary representation. At its core, it is a bildungsroman in verse encompassing postcolonial and diasporic themes. This volume is intended to take readers on a journey through the eyes of a young girl of colour living in America. She explores themes of transnationalism, migration, language, family, and culture. Organized into four sections, Hands for Language mirrors her path to self-discovery and understanding. The collection is a commentary on the interaction between historical and modern conceptions of ethnicity, gender, and cultural identity. What is more remarkable is that these important themes of our times have been explored by a precocious and sensitive 15-year-old.






Publication Date: May 2020

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-77415-008-5
Page size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
96 pages

eBook ISBN: 978-1-77415-009-2


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Uma Menon is a high school student from Winter Park, Florida. She is the 2019–2020 Youth Fellow for the International Human Rights Art Festival and the founder of IHRAF Publishes–Youth. Hands for Language is her debut book and was shortlisted by the 2019 International Erbacce-Prize.