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
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.
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."