Atmospheric Embroidery at IAAC – Hunter College (10/24)

October 13, 2015

atmospheric_embroidery_coverA Reading and Discussion with Meena Alexander, moderated by Leah Souffrant

at the

Second Annual Indo-American Arts Council Festival, in collaboration with Hunter College

Date and Time: October 24th, 2:15 p.m.

Location: Hunter College, CUNY, 625 Park Avenue

Information and tickets:

Discount code: LitFest2015

View / download event flier: 2015. Atmospheric Embroidery. Indo Am Festival Flier

Meena Alexander on Gender and Migration Airs on Swedish Radio (4/17/2015)

May 7, 2015

Meena Alexander on Gender and Migration Airs on Swedish Radio

Below is the interview as it aired on May 7th, 2015 (in Swedish and English).
Meena Alexander om sex och migration – Kulturnytte

“Acqua Alta” Performed by Serikon and the Swedish Radio Choir (4/18/2015)

April 18, 2015

Meena Alexander’s Poem “Acqua Alta” Performed by Serikon Music Ensemble and the Swedish Radio Choir 


Meena Alexander and Pär Holmgren

As part of a climate change concert, Meena Alexander read her poem “Acqua Alta” (set to music by Swedish composer Jan Sandstrom) in Engelbrekst church, Stockholm.

The music was performed by the Serikon Music Ensemble and the Swedish Radio Choir.  Alexander’s poem was first published in her book Quickly Changing River (2008).

The concert, itself titled “Acqua Alta,” included music by Monteverdi, Gabrieli and other composers.

After the concert, Alexander, was part of a rountable discussion on climate change which included the composer Jan Sandstrom, Daniel Stighall, director of the music ensemble and the Swedish meteorologist and TV personality Pär Holmgren.


The poem “Acqua Alta” and information about Sandstrom’s collaboration with Alexander can be found here.

Information about Alexander’s Quickly Changing River, the poetry collection from which “Acqua Alta” comes, can be found here.

Meena Alexander Named National Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study

March 10, 2014

Meena Alexander Named National Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study 

The Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) named Distinguished Professor Meena Alexander (Hunter, English) a National Fellow at the IIAS, beginning July 2014. The high honor was awarded to Alexander for her current poetry project, which is inspired by Aimé Césaire’s Cahier d’un retour au pays natal. Alexander describes the project as a manuscript of poems that move into questions of migration and memory, illiteracy and what it means to dwell in multiple languages.

While in residence at the Institute Professor Alexander will work on a cycle of poems entitled *Dreaming in Shimla (Letter to my Mother)*. Some of these poems are set in the gardens of Rashtrapati Nivas and evoke the encircling landscape of Shimla.

Read Prof. Meena Alexander’s profile on the website of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS) by clicking here.

The IIAS was founded by the former president of India, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, as a scholarly and creative hub for “free and creative inquiry into the themes and problems of life and thought.” – See more at:

Please click the link below to read a related story on the website of the Graduate Center, City University of New York:


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