Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Nezhukumatathil received her B.A. and M.F.A. from Ohio State University. In 2016-17 she was the John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi's MFA program. She has also taught at the Kundiman retreat for Asian-American writers. She is professor of English in the University of Mississippi's MFA program.
She is author of four 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. With Ross Gay, in 2014 she co-authored the epistolary nature chapbook, Lace & Pyrite. Her most recent book of poetry, Oceanic, was published in 2018 by Copper Canyon Press.
Among Nezhukumatathil's awards are inclusion in the Best American Poetry series, a 2009 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in poetry, and a Pushcart Prize for the poem "Love in the Orangery." Her poems and essays have appeared in New Voices: Contemporary Poetry from the United States, American Poetry Review, FIELD, Prairie Schooner, Poetry, New England Review, and Tin House. Nezhukumatathil serves as poetry editor for Orion magazine.
She is married to the writer Dustin Parsons. They live in Oxford, Mississippi with their two sons.
- Fishbone, Snail's Pace Press, 2000 (chapbook)
- One Bite, Ohio State University, 2000 (MFA thesis)
- Miracle Fruit: poems, Tupelo Press, 2003, ISBN 9780971031081
- At the Drive-in Volcano: Poems, Tupelo Press, 2007, ISBN 9781932195453
- Lucky Fish, Tupelo Press, 2011, ISBN 9781932195583
- Lace & Pyrite, (with Ross Gay) Ow Arts Press, 2014 ISBN 9780982710678
- Oceanic, Copper Canyon Press, 2018 ISBN 9781556595264
- Melissa Tuckey, ed. (2018). Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology. University of Georgia Press. ISBN 978-0820353159.
- Barbara Hamby, David Kirby, eds. (2010). "What I learned from the Incredible Hulk". Seriously Funny: Poems About Love, Death, Religion, Art, Politics, Sex, and Everything Else. University of Georgia Press. p. 19. ISBN 9780820330877.CS1 maint: uses editors parameter (link)
- Rachel Zucker, Arielle Greenberg, eds. (2010). "Overwinter". Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama's First 100 Days. University of Iowa Press. p. 5. ISBN 9781587298714.CS1 maint: uses editors parameter (link)
- John McNally, ed. (2007). "A History of Hair". When I Was a Loser: True Stories of (Barely) Surviving High School. Simon and Schuster. pp. 96–108. ISBN 9781416539377.
- "Tupelo Press > Author Page > Nezhukumatathil". Retrieved Aug 29, 2019.
- "Copper Canyon Press: Oceanic, poetry by Aimee Nezhukumatathil". www.coppercanyonpress.org. Retrieved Aug 29, 2019.
- National Endowment for the Arts > 2009 Grant Awards > Literature Fellowships - Poetry Archived 2009-07-11 at the Wayback Machine
- H.L. Hix, ed. (2008). New Voices: Contemporary Poetry from the United States. Irish Pages. ISBN 978-0-9544257-9-1.
- "Aimee Nezhukumatathil | Extended Bio". aimeenez.net. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
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