Aimee Nezhukumatathil

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Aimee Nezhukumatathil
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Born December 1974
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Occupation Poet

Aimee Nezhukumatathil (born in 1974 in Chicago, Illinois) is an Asian American poet, best known for her jovial and accessible reading style and lush descriptions of exotic foods and landscapes. Nezhukumatathil draws upon her Filipina and Malayali Indian background to give a unique perspective on love and loss, and the land.


Nezhukumatathil received her B.A. and M.F.A. from Ohio State University. She is an associate professor of English at the State University of New York - Fredonia.[1] She has also taught at the Kundiman retreat for Asian-American writers.[2]

She is author of three poetry collections. Her first collection, Miracle Fruit, won the 2003 Tupelo Press Prize and the Global Filipino Literary Award in Poetry, was named the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year in Poetry, and was a finalist for the Asian American Literary Award and the Glasgow Prize. Her second, At the Drive-In Volcano, won the 2007 Balcones Poetry Prize. Her most recent collection is Lucky Fish (2011), which won the 2011 Eric Hoffer Award for Books grand prize.

Among Nezhukumatathil's awards are a 2009 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in poetry,[3] and a 2009 Pushcart Prize for the poem "Love in the Orangery." Her poems and essays have appeared in New Voices: Contemporary Poetry from the United States,[4] American Poetry Review, FIELD, Prairie Schooner, Black Warrior Review, Mid-American Review, and Tin House.[5]

She is married to fellow SUNY-Fredonia professor Dustin Parsons. They live in upstate New York with their two sons.


  • Fishbone, Snail's Pace Press, 2000
  • One Bite, Ohio State University, 2000
  • Miracle fruit: poems, Tupelo Press, 2003, ISBN 9780971031081
  • At the Drive-in Volcano: Poems, Tupelo Press, Incorporated, 2007, ISBN 9781932195453
  • Lucky Fish, Tupelo Press, Incorporated, 2011, ISBN 9781932195583


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