• Recent Publications:

    Forthcoming June 2018:

    • Atmospheric Embroidery (TriQuarterly Books/ Northwestern University Press, 2018)
    • Name me a Word: Indian Writers Reflect on Writing (Yale University Press, 2018)

    Selected Publications:

    • ‘Phenomenology of Passage’ PMLA (special issue on `Literature in the World’) Fall 2016
    • Debt, Special issue of WSQ (Women’s Studies Quarterly) co-edited with Rosalind Petchesky, Published, May 2014
    • Birthplace with Buried Stones (TriQuarterly Books/ Northwestern University Press, 2013)
    • ‘What Use is Poetry?’ (Address to the Yale Political Union, April 23, 2013) published in World Literature Today, September/October 2013
    • Poetics of Dislocation(University of Michigan Press, Poets on Poetry series, 2009).
    • The Shock of Arrival: Reflections on Postcolonial Experience (Boston: Southend Press, 1996).
    • Fault Lines (New York: Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 1993; Penguin India, 1994). Publishers Weekly Best Books of 1993; new expanded edition with preface by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, 2003.
    • Illiterate Heart (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2002). Winner of the PEN Open Book Award.
  • Current Projects:

    As a practicing poet, and scholar, I have a special interest in postcolonial writings and contemporary poetry and poetics. These areas are tied in with my ongoing reflections on autobiographical writing, feminism, Indian Ocean cosmopolitanisms, transnational migration, trauma, memory and identity.


    Current Research: Questions of global feminism, poetics, migration and memory


    Research Interests: Poetry and Poetics; Autobiography; Trauma, Migration and Memory; South Asian literature and Feminism; Postcolonial literature (Anglophone and Francophone) ; Asian American literature; Gender and Sexuality; Phenomenology.


    Listen to Meena Alexander on episode 8 of the Thought Project, a podcast by the Graduate Center. Her poem Kochi by the Sea appears in the February 12 and 19 edition of The New Yorker (2018). You can read and listen to the poem on The New Yorker website and The New Yorker podcast.