Mani Rao


513 Sai Eswar Shanthi Library Lane, West Gopuram
Puttaparthi, AP 515134

Author's Bio

Mani Rao (b.1965 India) is the author of ten poetry books,  two books in translation including the Bhagavad Gita and Kalidasa for the 21st Century Reader, and an anthropology of mantra practice. Her poems and essays are published in journals including Cordite, 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 UNLV and a PhD in religious studies from Duke University. After living, working and studying in India, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the USA, she has returned to her home country, India.

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Publications & Prizes

Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets (Bloodaxe Books, 2008)
Language for a New Century (W. W. Norton & Company, 2008)
Zoland Poetry (Steerforth Press, 2007)
Living Mantra: Mantra, Deity and Visionary Experience Today (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
Echolocation (Math Paper Press, 2014)
Ghostmasters (Chameleon Press, Hong Kong, 2010)
100 Poems (Selected Poems 1985-2005) (Chameleon Press, 2005)
91st Meridien
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Poetry Magazine
West Coast Line
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Visiting Fellow at the 2005 and 2009 Iowa International Writing Program, University of Iowa. University of Iowa International Programs 2006 Writer-in-Residence. Writing residencies at Omi Ledig House (2018) and International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI) Canberra (2019). 

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Last update: May 02, 2021