Mani Rao

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Contributor and Guest Editor
(Photo credit: Prashant Sankaran) 

Mani Rao (b.1965, India) is a poet, translator and independent scholar. Her poetry books include New and Selected Poems (Poetrywala, 2014), Ghostmasters (Chameleon, 2010) and Echolocation (Chameleon, 2003; Math Paper Press, 2014). Her book-length translations are Bhagavad Gita as a poem (Autumn Hill Books, 2010; Fingerprint, 2015), and Kalidasa for the 21st Century Reader (Aleph Books, 2014). Her most recent book is an anthropological study—Living Mantra: Mantra, Deity and Visionary Experience Today (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) and it is based on fieldwork in South India. Mani’s poems and essays are published in numerous journals including Wasafiri MagazineMeanjin Quarterly, Washington Square, Fulcrum, West Coast Line, Interimand Poetry Magazine, and in anthologies including Zoland Poetry, W.W.Norton’s Language for a New Century, Penguin’s 60 Indian Poets, and the Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets. Grants and fellowships include Iowa International Writing Program (2005, 2009), University of Iowa International Programs writer-in-residence (2006), Witter Bynner (2011), and Omi Ledig residency (2018). She has an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Nevada Las Vegas (2010), and a PhD in Religious Studies from Duke University (2016). Visit her website for more information.


  • Issue #44 (March 2019) Writing India: Guest Editor [forthcoming]
  • Issue #16 (March 2016): More Tagore: Rabindranath Tagore: Selected Short Stories [Read]
  • Issue #1 (November 2007): The Void Plate [Read]
  • Issue #1 (November 2007): En route [Read]
  • Issue #1 (November 2007): Mutations [Read]
  • Issue #1 (November 2007): Star-crossed [Read]