Alexander, Meena

About Meena Alexander

Biography (Poetry Foundation)

Obituary (The New York Times)



Peeradina, Saleem. "Atmospheric Embroidery." World Literature Today, vol. 90, no.1, 2016

Mohanty, Sachidananda. "Atmospheric Embroidery." The Hindu, 19 Dec. 2015

Sen, Sudeep. "Illiterate Heart." The Hindu, 5 Dec. 2004

Natarajan, Nalini. "Fault Lines." Melus, vol. 20, no. 1, 1995



Green, Timothy. "Conversation between Meena Alexander and Timothy Green." Rattle, vol. 22, no. 4, 2016

May, Joseph. "Indian Ocean Flows: May Joseph Speaks with Meena Alexander." Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, vol. 10, no. 2, 2010

Shankar, Lavina. "Re-Visioning Memoirs Old and New: A Conversation with Meena Alexander." Meridians, vol. 8, no. 2, 2008

Gioseffi, Daniela. "In the Mercy of Time-Flute Music: An Interview with Meena Alexander." World Literature Today, vol. 80, no. 1, 2006

Maxey, Ruth. "An Interview with Meena Alexander." Kenyon Review, vol. 28, no. 1, 2006

Phukan, Atreyee. "A Touch for Language: An Interview with Meena Alexander." Exit 9, no. 4, 2002

Basu, Lopamudra. "The Poet in the Public Sphere." Social Text, vol. 20, no. 3, 2002

Rusomji-Kerns, Roshni. "In a Field of Dreams: Conversations with Meena Alexander." Weber Journal, vol. 15, no. 1, 1998

Bahri, Deepika, and Mary Vasudeva. "Observing Ourselves among Others: Interview with Meena Alexander." Between the Lines: South Asians and Postcoloniality, Bahri and Vasudeva (eds.), 1996

Tharu, Susi. "A Conversation with Meena Alexander." Chandrabhaga, no. 7, 1982



Sabo, Oana. "Creativity and Place: Meena Alexander's Poetics of Migration." Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, vol. 18, no. 1, 2016

Han, Stephanie. "Meena Alexander and American Identity." Contemporary Women's Writing, vol. 8, no. 3, 2014

Kuo, Hsin-Ju. "Revisiting Adultery: The Bodies of Diasporic Female Adulterers in South Asian Immigrant Narratives." Contemporary Women's Writing, vol. 8, no. 2, 2014

Davé, Shilpa. "Passage to Manhattan: Critical Essays on Meena Alexander." South Asian Diaspora, vol. 3, no. 2, 2011

Basu, Lopamudra, Cynthia Leenerts, and Amritjit Singh. Passage to Manhattan: Critical Essays on Meena Alexander, Basu and Leenerts (eds.), 2009

Iyer, Nalini, and Bonnie Zare (eds.). Other Tongues: Rethinking the Language Debates in India, 2009

Herrero, M. Dolores. "Meena Alexander's Transgressive/Diasporic Female Characters: Healing Wounds and Fracturing the Iconic Feminine and the Language of the Colonizer." South Asian Review, vol. 28, no. 2, 2007

Dutt-Ballerstadt, Reshmi. "Forging States of Belonging: Migrant Memory, Nation and Subjectivity in Meena Alexander's Memoir Fault Lines." South Asian Review, vol. 27, no. 2, 2006

Gairola, Rahul Krishna. "Western Experiences: Education and 'Third World Women' in the Fiction of Tsitsi Dangarembga and Meena Alexander." Jouvert, vol. 4, no. 2, 2000



Autobiography/Life Writings

Fault Lines (1993)



Manhattan Music (1997)

Nampally Road (1991)


Poetry Collections

Atmospheric Embroidery (2018)

In Praise of Fragments (2017)

Dreaming in Shimla (2015)

Birthplace with Buried Stones (2013)

Shimla (2012)

Al-Mutanabbi Street Anthology (2012)

Otto Poesie (2011)

Quickly Changing River (2008)

Indian Love Poems (2005)

Raw Silk (2004)

Illiterate Heart (2002)

River and Bridge (1995)

Night-Scene: The Garden (1992)

The Storm: A Poem in Five Parts (1989)

House of a Thousand Doors (1988)

Stone Roots (1980)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

Name Me a Word (2018)

"On Writing Death of a Young Dalit." World Literature Today, vol. 90, no. 6, 2016

"What Use Is Poetry?" World Literature Today, vol. 87, no. 5, 2013

"Poetics of Dislocation: Trauma, Language, Memory." The Splintered Glass: Facets of Trauma in the Post-Colony and Beyond, Herrero and Baelo-Allué (eds.), 2011

"Diasporic Writing." Hitting Critical Mass, vol. 6, no. 2, 2000

"The Shock of Arrival: Reflection on Postcolonial Experience." MELUS, vol. 24, no. 4, 1999

"Child Vanishing." Weber, vol. 15.1, 1998

Women in Romanticism (1989)

"Outcaste Power. Ritual Displacement and Virile Maternity in Indian Women Writers." Economic and Political Weekly, vol. 24, no. 7, 1989

The Poetic Self: Towards a Phenomenology of Romanticism (1979)


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Meena Alexander Reads from Atmospheric EmbroideryYouTube, 15 Nov. 2018

Meena Alexander Reads from Quickly Changing RiverYouTube, 29 Nov. 2008

Meena Alexander Reads from Illiterate Heart and Raw SilkYouTube, 11 Jun. 2004