Meena Alexander is an award winning poet and scholar. Her most recent works are Atmospheric Embroidery, a book of poems, and Poetics of Dislocation, a collection of essays. She is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Fault Lines. In 2011 she was poet in residence at Al Quds University and in 2014 she was named a National Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study. In the summer of 2016 invited to participate in the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the Ghetto Nuova (Venice), she composed a cycle of poems inspired by the seventeenth century poet Sarra Copia Sulam. Alexander’s awards include those from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Arts Council of England, American Council of Learned Societies. She is Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center.