Poet Meena Alexander to Read March 6

Posted: February 28, 2007

On Tuesday, March 6, acclaimed poet, novelist, and critic Meena Alexander will give a poetry reading at 7 pm in the Stimson Room, Williston Library.

Alexander's collections of poetry include Raw Silk (TriQuarterly Books, 2004), and Illiterate Heart (2002), the winner of a 2002 PEN Open Book Award. Alexander is also the author of two novels, Nampally Road (1991), and Manhattan Music (1997), and The Shock of Arrival: Reflections on Postcolonial Experience(1996), a volume of poems and essays.

Her works of criticism include The Poetic Self: Towards a Phenomenology of Romanticism (1979) and Women in Romanticism: Mary Wollstonecraft, Dorothy Wordsworth, and Mary Shelley (1989). Her memoir, Fault Lines, was reissued by the Feminist Press in 2003 with a Coda composed after 9/11.

Alexander's fellowships and awards include ones from the Fulbright Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Arts Council of England, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Council for Research on Women, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has taught at the University of Hyderabad, Fordham University, and Columbia University. She is Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

The event is free and open to the public and accessible to all.