Meher Manda


Author's Bio

Meher Manda is a poet, short story writer, journalist and educator originally from Mumbai, India, currently based in New York City. She earned her MFA in fiction from the College of New Rochelle where she was the founding editor-in-chief of the Canopy Review. She is the author of the chapbook Busted Models (No, Dear / Small Anchor, 2019), and her work has been published or is forthcoming in Peach MagCatapultEpiphany, the Los Angeles ReviewCosmonauts Avenue and elsewhere. She was a fellow of the Rad(ical) Poetry Consortium at DreamYard and has been nominated for the Best New Poets 2020 anthology. Her poem “The Other” was a winning entry in Lumina’s La Lengua NYC Multilingual Writers Contest. She is one-half of An Angry Reading Series and lives in Brooklyn.

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Favorite authors: 
Sharon Olds, Arundhati Roy, Salman Rushdie, Elizabeth Strout, Ishle Yi Park, Joan Didion, Diane Seuss, Claudia Rankine, Ocean Vuong, Mary Oliver, Anita Desai, Denis Johnson, James Baldwin, Jhumpa Lahiri, Jayanta Mahapatra, Franz Kafka, Volga, Grace Paley, Sandra Cisneros, Kazuo Ishiguro, Kaveh Akbar, Agha Shahid Ali, Natalie Diaz, Marwa Helal, Nick Hornby, Virginia Woolf, Adrienne Rich, Hanif Abdurraqib

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English, Hindi
Born in: 
Visakhapatnam, AP
Andhra Pradesh
Raised in: 
Mumbai, MH
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Last update: Mar 22, 2021