Meena Alexander was born in India and raised there and in Sudan. At eighteen she went to England to study. Her cycle of poems `Letters to Gandhi’ was composed in 2002 in the aftermath of violence in Gujarat. She has published six volumes of poetry including Illiterate Heart (winner of the PEN Open Book Award), Raw Silk and Quickly Changing River. Her memoir Fault Lines was selected as one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly. She is the editor of Indian Love Poems. Her volume of essays Poetics of Dislocation appeared in 2009. She has received awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry and her work has been anthologized and translated into several languages.