Aimee Nezhukumatathil was born in Chicago, IL to a Filipina mother and a father from South India. She attended The Ohio State University where she received her B.A. in English and her M.F.A. in poetry and creative non-fiction and was then awarded the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing at UW-Madison. In 2016-17, Nezhukumatathil was the Grisham Writer-in-Residence in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program.
Her newest collection of poems is OCEANIC (Copper Canyon Press). She is also the author of the forthcoming book of illustrated nature essays, WORLD OF WONDER (Milkweed), and three poetry collections: LUCKY FISH (2011); AT THE DRIVE-IN VOLCANO (2007), winner of the Balcones Prize; and MIRACLE FRUIT (2003), winner of the Tupelo Press Prize, ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award, the Global Filipino Award and a finalist for The Glasgow Prize and the Asian American Literary Award. Her most recent chapbook is LACE & PYRITE (2014), a collaboration of nature poems with the poet Ross Gay.
Other awards include a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pushcart Prize, the Angoff Award from The Literary Review, the Boatwright Prize from Shenandoah, The Richard Hugo Prize from Poetry Northwest, an Associated Writing Programs Intro Award in creative non-fiction, and fellowships to the MacDowell Arts Colony.
Nezhukumatathil is the poetry editor of Orion magazine and her poems have appeared in the 2015 and 2018 Best American Poetry series, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Poetry, Ploughshares,and Tin House. She lives in Oxford, MS with her husband, the writer Dustin Parsons, and their two young sons. She is professor of English at the University of Mississippi where she teaches creative writing and environmental literature.