I am a poet and scholar working at the intersection of creative and critical practice in the humanities. As a writer of South Asian descent, my creative work falls within a broad paradigm of Asian American, diasporic, and transnational poetics. In addition to teaching in the Department of English and the Program in Creative Writing, I also work closely with the university's Program in Poetry and Poetics--an interdisciplinary collective of scholars, poets, and translators who work on poetry across a diversity of regions, historical periods, and theoretical approaches.
I am the author of two books of poetry—Facts for Visitors and Voyager—both published by the University of California Press. Voyager was named one of the best books of poetry in 2011 by The New Yorker, The Believer, and National Public Radio; Facts for Visitors received the 2005 Asian American Literary Award for Poetry. I have also published a scholarly study, Changing Subjects: Digressions in Modern American Poetry (Oxford University Press 2012), and my criticism, poetry, and translations have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Guardian (UK), Poetry, A Public Space, and elsewhere.
In Fall 2015, I delivered the Bagley Wright Lectures in Poetry at various venues across the United States, including The Library of Congress, Yale University, Princeton University, and UC-Berkeley, and in 2018 I served as a judge for the Griffin Prize in Poetry. I have also served as visiting faculty at the Vermont Studio Center, the Naropa Institute, and as a Hurst Visiting Professor at Washington University. My next book, Underworld Lit, will be published by Wave Books in summer 2020 with the support of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Creative Capital Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Work with Students
I regularly advise undergraduate and MAPH theses in poetry writing. Additionally, I teach a variety of courses in literary studies and creative writing, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary crossings between the arts and humanities. In the coming years, I hope to offer more courses that test the boundaries of critical and creative work at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
- Fundamentals of Creative Writing: Parody
- Advanced Poetry Workshop: Letters to Young Poets
- Poetry and the Human: Arts Core
- Picturing Words/Writing Images
- The Poetics of Erasure
- Asian American Poetry
- Stein and Wittgenstein
- The Cinematic Lyric
- Changing Subjects: Digressions in Twentieth-Century American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2012)
- Voyager (University of California Press, 2011)
- Facts for Visitors: Poems (University of California Press, 2004)