Meena Alexander

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Meena Alexander
Alexander at Hyderabad Literary Festival, 2016
Alexander at Hyderabad Literary Festival, 2016
Born(1951-02-17)17 February 1951
Allahabad, India
Died21 November 2018(2018-11-21) (aged 67)
New York City, U.S.
OccupationAuthor, poet, translator
Notable awardsImbongi Yesizwe International Poetry Award (South Africa), PEN Open Book Prize

Meena Alexander (17 February 1951 – 21 November 2018)[1] was an Indian poet, scholar, and writer.[2] She was Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College and at the CUNY Graduate Center in the PhD program in English.[3]

She published two novels, Nampally Road (1991)—which was a Village Voice Literary Supplement Editor's Choice—and Manhattan Music (1997), and two academic studies, The Poetic Self (1979) and Women in Romanticism (1989). Fault Lines was chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of the best books of the year in 1993. Illiterate Heart won the 2002 PEN Open Book Award.

She died on November 21, 2018, at age 67, in New York City.[1]

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