Mani Rao

Poet

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221 Scott Blvd #B
Decatur, GA 30030

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 & Prizes

Anthologies:
Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (Bloodaxe Books, 2008)
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Language for a New Century (W. W. Norton & Company, 2008)
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Zoland Poetry (Steerforth Press, 2007)
Books:
Ghostmasters (Chameleon Press, Hong Kong, 2010)
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100 Poems (Selected Poems 1985-2005) (Chameleon Press, 2005)
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Echolocation (Chameleon Press, 2005)
Journals:
91st Meridien
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Fulcrum
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How 2
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In Posse Review
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Meanjin
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Tinfish
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Wasafiri
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West Coast Line
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xcp: Cultural Poetics
Prizes won: 

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

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Asian American
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Mumbai, India
India
Raised in: 
India & Hong Kong
India
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Last update: Dec 13, 2010