Meena Alexander was born in India, raised there and in Sudan, at the age of eighteen she went to England to study. Her fellowships include those from the Guggenheim Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Arts Council of England. She has published six volumes of poetry including Illiterate Heart (2002), which won the PEN Open Book Award, Raw Silk (2004) and Quickly Changing River (2008). She is the editor of Indian Love Poems (2005) and author of the memoir Fault Lines (1993/ 2003), chosen as one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the year. Poetics of Dislocation (2009) is published by the University of Michigan Press, Poets on Poetry Series. She lives in New York City, where she is Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College and the Graduate Center CUNY.




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