Mani Rao

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221 Scott Blvd#BDecatur, GA 30030
Website: 
www.manirao.com

Author's Bio

Mani Rao (b.1965 India) is the author of eight poetry books and a translation of the Bhagavad Gita. Her poems and essays are published in journals including Tinfish, Wasafiri, Meanjin, Washington Square, Fulcrum, West Coast Line, and Interim, and in anthologies including Zoland Poetry, WWNorton’s Language for a New Century, Penguin’s 60 Indian Poets, and the BloodAxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets. She has performed at literary festivals including the Age Melbourne Writers’ Festival, Vancouver Asian Heritage Month, Chicago Humanities Festival, New York PEN World Voices, Man Hong Kong International Literary Festival, and Singapore International Poetry Festival. Translations of her poems have been published in Latin, Italian, Korean, Chinese, Arabic, French and German. Mani has an MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Publications and Prizes

Book

100 Poems (Selected Poems 1985-2005)
(Chameleon Press,
2005)
Ghostmasters
(Chameleon Press, Hong Kong,
2010)

Anthology

Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets
(Bloodaxe Books,
2008)
Language for a New Century
(W. W. Norton & Company,
2008)
Zoland Poetry
(Steerforth Press,
2007)

Journal

Tinfish
Iowa Review
Fulcrum
xcp: Cultural Poetics
Wasafiri
How 2
Oxford Magazine
In Posse Review
91st Meridien
West Coast Line
Meanjin
Prizes: 
Visiting Fellow at the 2005 Iowa International Writing Program, University of Iowa. University of Iowa International Programs 2006 Writer-in-Residence. Witter-Bynner award for Bhagavad Gita - A translation of the poem.

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings? 
Yes
Travels for readings? 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Asian American
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Mumbai, India
Raised in: 
India & Hong Kong

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Listing last updated: December 13, 2010.

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