Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Meena Alexander Reads at Theosophy Hall, Bombay


Meena Alexander Reading at the Theosophy Hall, Bombay. She was in conversation with poet Arundhati Subramaniam

Meena Alexander read her poems at the Theosophy Hall, Bombay, yesterday. The reading had a better than average attendance for a normal, poets-hearing-other-poets-read reading. I was there. I caught her on my cellphone and here's the result. You may have to crank up the volume to "full" to hear her words.

About Meena Alexander:
Meena Alexander was born in Allahabad, and now lives and works in New York City. Her six books of poetry include Illiterate Heart, which won the PEN Open Book Award, Raw Silk, and the recently published Quickly Changing River. She is the author of the acclaimed memoir Fault Lines and editor of Indian Love Poems (Everyman's Library). She has also published two novels, Nampally Road (1991) and Manhattan Music (1997); a book of poems and essays, The Shock of Arrival: Reflections on Postcolonial Experience (1996); and two academic studies, one of which is Women in Romanticism: Mary Wollstonecraft, Dorothy Wordsworth, and Mary Shelley (1989). Her book, Poetics of Dislocation, is forthcoming in Fall 2009 from the University of Michigan Poets on Poetry series. She is Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY and a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry.

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