Vikas Menon


Author's Bio

Vikas K. Menon is a poet, playwright and songwriter. He was a 2015 Emerging Poets Fellow at Poets’ House and his poems have been featured in numerous publications, including Indivisible: An Anthology of South Asian American Poetry and The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry. He was co-writer of the augmented reality comic book, Priya’s Shakti (, an innovative social impact multimedia project that helps illuminate attitudes towards gender-based violence (GBV). The project has gone viral with over 400 news stories and the character of Priya was designated a “Gender Equality Champion” by U.N. Women. He was also a co-writer of the shadowplay “Feathers if Fire” which premiered at BAM in February 2016 and is currently touring the country. His other plays have received readings at or been produced by Pratidhwani Theatre, Ruffled Feathers Theater Company, Ingenue Theatre and the Classical Theatre of Harlem. He is an Advisory Board Member of Kundiman, which is dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American literature. He received his M.F.A (Poetry) from Brooklyn College and his M.A. in Literature from St. Louis University.

Publications & Prizes

HarperCollins Book of English Poetry by Indians (HarperCollins Publishers India, 2011)
Indivisible: An Anthology of South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas Press, 2010)
Desilicious (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2003)
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2015 Emerging Poets Fellowship from Poet’s House.

Co-Writer of Priya’s Shakti, supported by the Tribeca Film Institute’s New Media Fund, the Ford Foundation and a Face Out grant (funded by The Jerome Foundation and administered by The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses). Selected for the market at Genvea Film Festival, Power to the Pixel, Cross Video Days and Sheffield DocFest’s Crossover Market.

2013 Pushcart Prize Nomination for the poem “Dear Censor,” Nominated by Burnt District

Finalist for the 2010 Kinereth Gensler Award, Alice James Books

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Last update: Nov 03, 2016