Humanities Iowa partnered with Morningside College to bring historian, memoirist, essayist, playwright, and novelist Dr. Mohana Rajakumar to Sioux City for a two week residency. Dr. Rajakumar is a South Asian American who has been living and working in Qatar since 2005. She will conduct a series of events free and open to the public, beginning with a dialogue with award-winning writer Steve Coyne entitled “Making Stories: Negotiating the Personal and the Cultural: A Conversation with Mohana Rajakumar and Steve Coyne.” This event will also take place at the Klinger-Neal Theater on the Morningside campus on Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to this theater production, Dr. Rajakumar will participate in a production entitled “Diversity: An Afternoon of New 10-Minute Plays by Mohana Rajakumar” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 18 also at the Klinger-Neal Theater. The following Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. the Dr. Rajakumar will deliver a lecture called “Making Rivers in the Desert: What Americans Can Learn Living Abroad.” This event will take place in the UPS Auditorium, Lincoln Center, on the Morningside campus.

Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar is a South Asian American who has lived in Qatar since 2005. Moving to the Arabian desert was fortuitous in many ways since that’s  where she met her husband, had two sons, and became a writer.  She has since published eight e-books, including a momoir for first time mothers, Mommy But Still Me; a guide for aspiring writers, So You Want to Sell a Million Copies; a short story collection, Coloured and Other Stories; and a novel about women’s friendships, Saving Peace. Her coming of age novel, An Unlikely Goddess, won the SheWrites New Novelist competition in 2011.

Her recent books have focused on various aspects of life in Qatar. From Dunes to Dior, named as a Best Indie book in 2013, is a collection of essays related to her experiences as a female South Asian American living in the Arabian Gulf. Love Comes Later was the winner of the Best Indie Book Award for Romance in 2013 and is a literary romance set in Qatar and London. The Dohmestics is an inside look into compound life, the day-to-day dynamics between housemaids and their employers.