Indian-American poet, graduate of the MFA in Writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, founding editor and organizer of River River and adjunct professor at Ramapo College. My poetry has appeared in Waxwing, Drunken Boat, Fourteen Hills, Monkeybicycle, The Bitter Oleander, Bayou Magazine, ellipsis, CutBank, The Tulane Review, Permafrost Magazine, and other publications. Honors include a fellowship at the Center for Book Arts in NYC and a Pushcart Prize nomination in 2015. Find essays, reviews, translations, and more poems at Numéro Cinq Magazine, where I am a contributing writer. Check out my recent profile in Nyack News and Views Local Arts Index. Find me on Instagram @a_anupama and on Facebook.
I teach poetry and revision the way I was taught by my mentors and teachers: Jody Gladding, Jen Bervin, Leslie Ullman, Richard Jackson, and Ralph Angel. Recitation and close examination of imagery, word choice, and line integrity are central to my poetry-revision discipline. I teach kids and teens in much the same way, but using creative games and prompts at Writopia Lab. I also freelance as an editor of medical and scientific writing; for more information visit my Mediabistro profile.
Contact me by e-mail at email@example.com, on Facebook, or through the comment box on the home page. I hope you enjoy some of the publications below and my poetic reflections here on the blog!
Links to some of my poems and translations online, with gratitude to the editors of these publications:
“What the Heart Can Bear: Tamil Love Poems from Kuruntokai in Numéro Cinq Magazine
“Love & the Loveless: classic Tamil poems translated” in Numéro Cinq Magazine
“Minakshi Meets Her Shiva” in Numéro Cinq Magazine
“Kiss of intention” in Waxwing
“From Les Fleurs du Mal: Baudelaire translations” in Numéro Cinq Magazine
Six poems on eclipse in Drunken Boat
Six poems in Poetry at Sangam House
“Ljubljanica” (nominated for a Pushcart Prize) and “Shadow Anti-shadow” in Front Porch Journal
Translations and five poems, “Škocjan Tinai” in Zlati Coln
“Point,” “Line,” “Plane,” “Sphere,” and “Reflector Telescope” in Tower Journal
“After Buttered Toast” in The Summerset Review
“With God in the kitchen and Ars poetica” in Numéro Cinq Magazine
“Birthday Gifts” in Mi’Te (with Japanese translation by Goro Takano)
“Air” in decomP magazinE
“Twining of a Creeper” in Green Hills Literary Lantern
“Again Orchids” in Diverse Voices Quarterly
“Self-Portrait” in Diverse Voices Quarterly
“Flirting & the Excellence of Rain: On translating Tirukkural” in Numéro Cinq Magazine
Translations of Tamil Love Poems and Essay in Numéro Cinq Magazine
“Sweet to My Heart: Translations of Tamil Love Poems” in Numéro Cinq MagazineEssays and book reviews: Bloom (Awst Press essay series, 2017) Poetry’s Om: an essay Keeping Promises: Review of one of us is wave one of us is shore by Geneva Chao In the Palm Garden: Review of The Moon before Morning by W.S. Merwin Inside the Glass Factory: Review of If the Tabloids Are True What Are You? by Matthea Harvey Dear Echo to my Echo: Review of Peace by Gillian Conoley Read Without Interruption: A review of Woman Without Umbrella by Victoria Redel The Perplexing Other: A review of Dorianne Laux’s The Book of Men Peering over the Precipice: A review of Dean Young’s Fall Higher Small Margins: A review of Pinwheel by Marni Ludwig Borrowing Light from the Moon: A review of Urban Tumbleweed by Harryette Mullen PDF of my critical thesis for Vermont College of Fine Arts: