Alexander was born in India and raised there and
in Africa. Her poems have been widely anthologized
and translated. Her most recent volumes of poetry
are Raw Silk (TriQuarterly Books, 2004) and Illiterate
Heart — winner of a 2002 PEN Open Book Award.
Her memoir Fault Lines — included in Publishers
Weekly’s Best Books of 1993 — appeared
in a new edition in 2003 with a Coda entitled
“Book of Childhood.” She is the author
of The Shock of Arrival: Reflections on Postcolonial
Experience and two novels, Nampally Road and Manhattan
Music and editor of the anthology Indian Love
Poems (Everyman’s Library/ Knopf, 2005).
She is Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter
College and the Graduate Center of the City University
of New York.
Program: Around the World in 3 Poets