Nisha Ramayya: Tantra, Mysticism and Magical Poetry


For those who missed out, Nisha Ramayya will be in discussion with award-winning short-story writer Eley Williams at TANK on Wed 2 October.

7pm, Thursday 19 September, 2019 at Treadwell’s Bookshop, 33 Store Street WC1E 7BS, London

Tantra, Mysticism and Magical Poetry: Nisha Ramayya’s States of the Body Produced by Love book launch, with Bhanu Kapil, Caspar Heinemann and Francesca Lisette 

Join us for a special evening at Treadwell’s to celebrate the publication of States of the Body Produced by Love by Nisha Ramayya. Nisha is joined by poets Bhanu Kapil, Caspar Heinemann and Francesca Lisette for readings from their work engaging with the occult, gender and desire. 

Nisha will then present a talk on tantric poetics, inviting listeners to explore poetry’s correspondences with magic, mysticism and tantra and its relation to weaving, myth and ritual. Followed by drinks, mingling and book signings. 


Advance booking required:

£6: A ticket and a glass of wine

£16.39: A ticket and a copy of the book at a 20% discount (available to collect on the night) and a glass of wine

States of the Body Produced by Love is a modern mystical journey through love – a many-headed snake twisting its way through devotion, sacrifice and the dream of returning home. 

In her visionary debut, Nisha Ramayya conjures an opalescent world by way of Tantric ritual and myth. Thousand-petalled lotuses bloom inside skulls, goddesses with dirty feet charm honeybees, strains of jazz standards bleed into anti-national anthems. States of the Body Produced By Love weaves essays, poetry and images together to offer studied and fierce meditations on diasporic identity, language and resistance. From grief to bliss, this book explores the many states of the body seized by love in an incantation that never leaves its hold.



Nisha Ramayya grew up in England, Scotland and India, and is now based in London. She is a poet and Lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen Mary, University of London. She is the author of the pamphlets Notes on Sanskrit, Correspondences and and In Me the Juncture, as well as Threads, co-authored with Sandeep Parmar and Bhanu Kapil. States of the Body Produced by Love is her first full-length book. 

Caspar Heinemann is a poet, artist, and academia-adjacent independent researcher based in London and Berlin. Their research interests include critical mysticism, gay biosemiotics, illegitimate communisms, and professional irreverence. They have previously written on a pantheon including John Wieners, Diane di Prima, Paul Thek, and Derek Jarman. They hold a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London. Novelty Theory is their first book. 

Bhanu Kapil is a British-Indian writer who lives in Colorado. She is the author of a number of full-length works of poetry/prose, including The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press, 2001), Incubation: a space for monsters (Leon Works, 2006), humanimal [a project for future children] (Kelsey Street Press, 2009), Schizophrene(Nightboat, 2011), and Ban en Banlieue (Nightboat, 2015). 

Francesca Lisette is a poet and artist working with embodiment and utterance, gender and fluidity, intimacy and performance. Lisette’s most recent book is sub rosa: The Book of Metaphysics (Boilerhouse) and their work has been performed and published widely across the UK, Europe and USA. Francesca also practices spiritual counselling through astrology, tarot and somatics as the Glitter Oracle.