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Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Poetry

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20100122, 20090731

A first generation American poet and 2009 NEA fellow, Aimee Nezhukumatathil discusses her two books of poety: the multi-award winning Miracle Fruit and At the Drive-in Volcano. She talks about writing poetry with a comic eye, and discusses the poetic form for which she named her dog, Villanelle. She also describes how her unique ethnic heritage-her father is from India and her mother from the Philippines-along with her interest in environmental writing are creative influences on her work.

| Subject Matter: Family, Heritage, Culture, Poetic Form | Interview Year: 2009 | Genre: Poetry | Awards: 2009 NEA Fellow, Hugo Prize from Poetry Northwest, Foreword Magazine's Poetry Book of the Year Award, Balcones Prize |

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