No. 6




Meena Alexander  
Photo by Robin Holland
Meena Alexander was born in Allahabad, India and spent her childhood in India and the Sudan. She was educated there and in England . Her writings have been widely anthologized and translated. Her volumes of poetry include Illiterate Heart winner of a 2002 PEN Open Book Award and Raw Silk, 2004. Her memoir Fault Lines (Publishers Weekly Choice, Best Books of 1993) was reissued in 2003 with a chapter `Lyric in a Time of Violence’ on writing poetry in the aftermath of  9/11. Her work includes two books of criticism, two novels and a volume of poems and essays Shock of Arrival: Reflections on Postcolonial Experience (1997) She is the editor of the anthology Indian Love Poems (Knopf/ Everyman's Library, 2005). She is Distinguished Professor of English at the Graduate Centre and Hunter College,City University of New York.


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