Puloma Ghosh at Harvard Book Store


Mouth: Stories

in conversation with MELISSA LOZADA-OLIVA


June 17, 2024
7:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes debut author PULOMA GHOSH for a discussion of her short story collection Mouth. She will be joined in conversation by MELISSA LOZADA-OLIVA—author of Candelaria and Peluda.

About Mouth

In this debut collection, Puloma Ghosh spins tales of creatures and gore to explore grief, sexuality, and bodily autonomy. Embracing the bizarre and absurd, Mouth stretches reality to reach for truth.

“Desiccation" follows a teen figure skater with necrophiliac fantasies who is convinced the other Indian girl at the rink is a vampire. When a woman returns to Kolkata in “The Fig Tree,” she can’t tell if she is haunted by her dead mother or a shakchunni — or both. “Nip” bottles up the consuming and addictive nature of infatuation, while “Natalya” is a hair-raising autopsy of an ex-lover. In “Persimmons,” a girl comes to terms with her own community sacrifice.

Full of fangs and talons, Mouth lays bare the otherwise awkward and unmentionable with a singular sharpness. Through surreal and captivating prose, Puloma Ghosh delves into otherworldly spaces to reimagine ordinary struggles of isolation, longing, and the aching desires of our flesh.

Praise for Mouth

"These stories are insidiously terrifying, cunning & deeply empathetic—with Mouth, Ghosh has offered us a masterclass in surrealist short fiction, bound to haunt its readers long after they’ve put down the book." —Olivia Gatwood, author of Whoever You Are, Honey

“These stories are so sharp, so strange, so precise - like perfect razors, meant to cut to the heart and open it up to the gasp of pain but also, to astonishing beauty.” —Amber Sparks, author of And I Do Not Forgive You

"The 11 stories in Mouth are startling, surreal, utterly spectacular. Written in gorgeous and incisive prose and spanning an eerie homecoming in Kolkata to a journey through the flimsy fabric of time and space, Mouth is a work that will leave you forever changed. I have been waiting to read sharp, uncanny stories with this immensity of heart for years. This book is a revelation." —Megan Kamalei Kakimoto, author of Every Drop Is a Man’s Nightmare

Masking Policy

Masks are encouraged but not required for this event.

Melissa Lozada-Oliva
Melissa Lozada-Oliva

Melissa Lozada-Oliva

Melissa Lozada-Oliva is a poet, novelist, and screenwriter. She is the author of peluda, Dreaming of You, and Candelaria, which was named one the best books of 2023 by USA Today and Vogue.  She runs a substack called Reading Sucks and is the cohost of the podcast Say More with Olivia Gatwood. She is this year's Our Word Writer-in-Residence at Columbia University and earned her MFA from NYU. She lives in Brooklyn. 

Puloma Ghosh
Puloma Ghosh

Puloma Ghosh

Puloma Ghosh is a fiction writer based in Chicago whose work has appeared in One Story, CRAFT Literary, Cutleaf, and other publications. Mouth is her first book.

Photo Credit: JR Alexander

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