Meena Alexander, memoir, poetry
Meena Alexander has published six volumes of poetry including Quckly Changing River (2008), Illiterate Heart (2002), winner of the PEN Open Book Award, and Raw Silk (2004). She is also the editor of Indian Love Poems (2005). Her memoir Fault Lines (1993, expanded edition 2003) was picked by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Books of the Year. She is Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center. She has also taught at Columbia University.
Her work has been translated into several languages and she has received awards from the Fulbright Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Arts Council of England, Fondation Ledig-Rohwolt, The New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. She is also a 2008 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Here is an interview with her from the Kenyon Review on the task of poetry and here is her webpage at the Academy of American Poets.