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Meera Nair

Part-time Faculty
(212) 992-3743
1 Wash Pl, Room 619

B.A., English Literature, Punjab University, 1983
M.A., Post-colonial Literature, Temple University, 1999
M.F.A., Creative Writing, New York University, 2001

Meera Nair received both her M.A. and M.F.A. in creative writing; as a master's student at New York University she was a New York Times Fellow. Her debut collection, Video (Pantheon, 2002), won the Asian-American Literary Award and was a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, the Editor's Choice book at the San Francisco Chronicle, and a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book.á Her stories, articles, and essays have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, in anthologies, and on National Public Radio's Selected Shorts, among other places. She has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony. Nair teaches creative writing at NYU and at Brooklyn College, and she is currently completing a novel tentatively entitled Harvest of Stones for Pantheon.



Maya In a Mess

Meera Nair's Maya In a Mess was published by Duckbill Press.


Maya Saves the Day

Meera Nair's Maya Saves The Day was published by Duckbill Books.



Meera Nair's Video was published by Penguin Random House.

Teaching and Research Interests

fiction and non-fiction writing; Asian-American and post-colonial literature; South Asian history and politics   

Recent News


Queens Writers Resist, a reading series that Meera Nair co-founded with the writer and Gallatin faculty, Nancy Agabian, received a 2018 Community Arts Access grant from the Queens Council of the Arts.

Nair was the recipient of an Individual Artists Grant from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), administered by the Queens Council of the Arts for a new project, titled 11372: Stories.


Nair has been invited to the Sharjah Children's Book Festival, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, in April 2018, as a featured author.

Nair will tell a true immigration story from her life at "This Alien Nation" at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater on March 13, 2018.

On February 15, NPR's Selected Shorts will feature Nair's story "A Warm Welcome to the President, Insh’Allah!” performed by Aasif Mandvi, of Daily Show fame.

On July 22, 2017, along with Gallatin writer KC Trommer and Queens-based poet Jared Harel, Meera Nair read new work for Out Loud in Public, an exhibition-responsive reading at the Queens Museum that considered the community-minded, collaborative artistic projects of the Italian artist Marinella Senatore.

On January 14, 2017, Meera Nair read from her work at the Nasty Woman exhibition organized by the Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens. Other readings include a March 21, 2017 reading the Turnstyle Series at the CUNY Graduate Center and, on April 8, 2017 reading at the Queens Public Library with Newtown Literary.

In October 2016, Nair and Gallatin faculty member Nancy Agabian shared their work as a part of Soapbox Response, an opportunity to reflect on artist Zoe Leonard's 1992 text-based work "I want a president."


Meera Nair’s short story, “Last Day,” was published in the October 2019 issue of The Tishman Review.  

Nair contributed a chapter, "Nangeli: Her Defiant Breasts" to an anthology titled Self-Defined: Essays by and about Fierce Women, which is forthcoming from Nausset Press in May 2018.

"An Alternate History" by Nair appeared in the March 27, 2017 issue of Guernica, a tribute to Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was killed in a hate crime in Kansas in February 2017.

In April 2016, Nair was interviewed for Poets and Writers’s Readings & Workshops Blog for the post “If You Can Talk, You Can Write: Meera Nair on Writing Workshops for Nepali and Tibetan Workers.”

Nair's "Why I came to America: chasing my dream-and the man I loved" appeared in the October 11, 2016 issue of The Guardian.

Nair's "When the Hospital Is Not a Haven," an account of Nair caring--at a great distance--for her grandmother during her last years, appeared the January 27, 2016 edition of The New York Times.

Nair wrote "Are South Asians Prepared to Age in America?" for The Huffington Post.


Nair presented at the Building Asian American Studies across Polycultural New York Conference at BMCC on March 10, 2017.