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Meera Nair

Part-time Faculty
(212) 998-9156
1 Wash Pl, Room 509

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Friday 2:30-3:30

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.

Teaching and Research Interests

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

Meera Nair

Recent News

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. The writers presented their own work and enlisted the audience to help create a collaborative poem that responded to Senatore's exhibition Piazza Universale / Social Stages.

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.

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

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.

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."

Nair wrote "Are South Asians Prepared to Age in America?"The Huffington Post. For The India Express, Nair gave an account of her early experiences in United States.  

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 "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 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.

Professor Nair's article, "Narendra Modi was speaking in code when he visited America. Here’s what he was really saying to his Hindu nationalist base" was published in The Washington Post in October of 2014. Her review, A play in New York tells tales of two women from India that 'need to be told', was featured on Her article, "Annotate the Plot: Using Annotation to write better Fiction" was published in Digital Is, part of the National Writing Project, in September of 2014. Her piece, "Voyeur," was published in Cura, A Literary Magazine of Art & Action, in December of 2013.


2018 Spring

Fiction Inside Out

2017 Spring

Fiction Inside Out

2017 Fall

Me and You and the World: Writing the Personal and the Political

2016 Spring

Outsider in the City: Writing Your New York Story

2016 Fall

Fiction Inside Out