2017 Featured Poets
Meena Alexander described in The Statesman (India) as "undoubtedly one of the finest poets in contemporary times" is the author of Atmospheric Embroidery (TriQuarterly Books/ Northwestern University Press, forthcoming spring 2018) her eighth book of poetry. Her volumes of poetry include Illiterate Heart (winner of the 2002 PEN Open Book Award), Raw Silk and Birthplace with Buried Stones. She is the editor of Indian Love Poems and author of the critically acclaimed memoir Fault Lines. Her book of essays Poetics of Dislocation appeared in the University of Michigan Poets on Poetry Series. Her awards include those from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation for a residency at Bellagio and the Arts Council of England. In the summer of 2016 she participated in the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the Ghetto Nuova (Venice); for the occasion she composed a cycle of poems inspired by the seventeenth century poet Sarra Copia Sulam. Her poetry has been translated into several languages and set to music, most recently by the Swedish composer Jan Sandstrom. She teaches at Hunter College and the Graduate Center CUNY. Visit her at www.meenalexander.com
Jehanne Dubrow's sixth book, Dots & Dashes, won the Crab Orchard Review Series in Poetry Open Competition Award and will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2017. Her work has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, The New England Review, The Hudson Review, and Southwest Review. She is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of North Texas.