Meena Alexander is a prize winning poet and scholar. Described as "undoubtedly one of the finest poets of contemporary times," by The Statesman (India) she has two new books forthcoming in 2018: her volume of poems Atmospheric Embroidery (TriQuarterly Books/ Northwestern U Press) and the anthology she edited Name me a Word: Indian Writers Reflect on Writing (Yale U Press). Her honors include grants and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, National Council for Research on Women, Arts Council of England, the Imbongi Yesizwe International Poetry Award from South Africa, and New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as the South Asian Literary Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award in Literature. She is Distinguished Professor of English at the Graduate Center/Hunter College, CUNY.