Thayil, Jeet

About Jeet Thayil

Biography (Poetry International Archives)

Biography (Poetry Foundation)



Parkinson-Bennett, Matthew. “Dust to Dust.” Times Literary Supplement, no. 6109, 2020

Bradley, James. "A Book of Chocolate Saints Review." Spectator, no. 3891, 2018

Newport, Sarah Elizabeth. “‘Unnatural Offences’, Postcolonial Problems: The Ambivalent Position of Hijras in Contemporary Indian Law and Literature.” South Asian Review, vol. 38, no. 1, 2017

O' Connor, Maurice. "The Narcotic Memes of Bombay." Wasafiri, vol. 30, no. 3, 2015

Gomes, James. "Narcopolis Review." Rocky Mountain Review, vol. 68, no. 2, 2014

Narcopolis.” Library Journal, vol. 138, no. 6, Apr. 2013

King, Bruce. “Varieties of Indian Literature.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing, vol. 48, no. 4, 2012

Sethi, Anita. “Deep in a Dream.” New Statesman, vol. 141, no. 5092, 2012

“Lotus-Eaters.” Economist, vol. 402, no. 8770, 2012

Joseph, Anjali. “Chemical Reaction.” Times Literary Supplement, no. 5682, 2012

Scharf, Michael. “The Other Mother Tongue.” Boston Review, vol. 35, no. 3, 2010

King, Bruce. “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.” American Book Review, vol. 26, no. 3, 2005

Perry, John Oliver. “World Literature in Review: India.” World Literature Today, vol. 67, no. 2, 1993



Hall, Amy. “Interview with Jeet Thayil.” New Internationalist, no. 457, 2012

Bose, Siddhartha. "An Interview with Jeet Thayil." Wasafiri, vol. 27, no. 1, 2012

Mateer, John. "A World of Indian Poets: An Interview with Jeet Thayil." Westerly, vol. 56, no. 2, 2011



Hitchcock, Peter. “The Speed of Place and the Space of Time: Toward a Theory of Postcolonial Velo/City.” The Postcolonial Contemporary, 2018

O’Connor, Maurice. “The Narcotic Memes of Bombay: Jeet Thayil’s Narcopolis.” Wasafiri: The Magazine of International Contemporary Writing, vol. 30, no. 3, 2015

Chakravorty, Mrinalini. “Of Dystopias and Deliriums: The Millennial Novel in India.” A History of the Indian Novel in English, Anjaria (ed.), 2015




The Book of Chocolate Saints (2018)

Narcopolis (2012)


Poetry Collections

Collected Poems (2015)

These Errors are Correct (2008)

English (2004)

Apocalypso (1992)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

“Chronicles of Deaths Foretold: Rereading Roberto Bolano’s 2666.” Times Literary Supplement, no. 6093, 2020

Dom Moraes: A Poet’s Progress.” A History of Indian Poetry in English, Chaudhury (ed.), 2016

“The Book of Bruce.”  New Soundings in Postcolonial Writing, Wilson and Ringrose (eds.), 2016

“‘The Diaspora of Poets’: A Conversation with Philip Nikolayev.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing, vol. 42, no. 2, 2006

“Divided Time: India and the End of Diaspora.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing, vol. 42, no. 2, 2006

“Tripping in Father’s Footsteps.” Asiaweek, vol. 22, no. 48, 1996


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Celebrating Bloomsday: Paul Muldoon and Colm Toibin in Conversation with Jeet Thayil. YouTube, 16 Jun. 2020

Book Launch: Low by Jeet Thayil in Conversation with Nandini Nair. YouTube, 17 Mar. 2020

Meet the Author: Jeet Thayil. YouTube, 7 Nov. 2019

Self-Censorship 'Tremendously Worrying': Author Jeet Thayil To NDTV. YouTube, 26 Oct. 2020

15 Reasons to Not Become a Poet by Jeet Thayil. YouTube, 13 Aug. 2016

Jeet Thayil Answers Questions by his Readers. YouTube, 8 Dec. 2017

Two Poets Reading: Jeet Thayil and Srikanth Reddy. YouTube, 3 Apr. 2015

“I Don’t Want to Choose” Deepa Mehta and Jeet Thayil on Identity and Art. YouTube, 28 Jul. 2013

Jeet Thayil Reads from Nacropolis. YouTube, 5 Apr. 2013

Beautiful People with Jeet Thayil. YouTube, 21 Oct. 2012

Interview with Jeet Thayil on Nacropolis. YouTube, 16 Oct. 2012

Jeet Thayil Talks to Global Poetry System. YouTube, 10 May 2010