Meena Alexander

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Meena Alexander (, described in The Statesman (India) as “undoubtedly one of the finest poets in contemporary times,” is the author of seven books of poetry. An expanded version of Atmospheric Embroidery is forthcoming from TriQuarterly Books / Northwestern University Press in spring 2018. A volume she edited, Name Me a Word: Indian Writers Reflect on Writing, will be published by Yale University Press in fall 2017. She is Distinguished Professor of English at the City University of New York.

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