Lakshmi Ramgopal is a writer, musician, and historian who divides her time between Northampton, MA and Chicago, IL. She received her PhD in Classics from the University of Chicago and writes about the occult, ancient history, and South Asian experiences for publications like Jezebel, Chicago Reader, and Broadly. Lakshmi performs ambient electronic music under the moniker Lykanthea and released her debut EP Migration in 2014. The EP incorporates literary motifs, improvisation, and classical South Indian vocal traditions and garnered praise from NoiseyChicago Tribune, and more.

Lakshmi was the recipient of a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2014 and has been invited to speak or perform at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig's Wave-Gotik Treffen, and Yale University. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Trinity College and is working on her first book and second album.

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UPcoming events

3.2 - academic lecture: "Intersectionality and the Mobility of Women, Slaves, and Freedpeople in the Roman World." Earlham College, Richmond, IN
4.19 - workshop: Responsible Witchcraft: Decolonizing Your Magic (with Diana Rose Harper), HausWitch, Salem, MA. Tickets here.
5.12 - musical performance: Open Engagement, Knockdown Center, Brooklyn, New York. 9:30pm. Tickets here.