* 17.02.1951, Allahabad, India † 21.11.2018, United States
Meena Alexander was an Indian poet, scholar, and writer. She was raised in India and Sudan and lived in New York City where she was Distinguished Professor of English at the Graduate Center/Hunter College, CUNY.
She had published poetry collections, literary memoirs, essays, and works of fiction. Her latest work, published in 2018, included a volume of poems Atmospheric Embroidery (TriQuarterly Books/ Northwestern U Press) and an anthology she edited: Name me a Word: Indian Writers Reflect on Writing (Yale U Press).
She had won the PEN Open Book Prize and received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Arts Council of England and the Imbongi Yesizwe International Poetry Award from South Africa. In 2014 she was a National Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.
Meena Alexander died in New York on November 21, 2018, at age 67.