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Meera Nair was born and raised in India and came to the
United States in 1997 to studycreative writing. She
received an M.A. from Temple University and an
M.F.A. from New York University, where she was a
New York Times fellow. Her stories have been published
in The Threepenny Review and Calyx. Nair lives in
Brooklyn with her husband and baby daughter.
Her short story, Video won the PEN/Amazon short story contest
in 2000, but was later declared ineligible because of a technicality.
The contest was for authors who were unpublished or published only in
journals with small circulation. Nair had previously published in
The Threepenny Review, which had a larger circulation than
first thought. She was allowed to keep the monetary award but the
official award was given to the
Pantheon, New York. (2002)
- Sawnet Review by Susan Chacko
story that won the PEN/Amazon prize, available in full on the
- PEN newsclip
about the award
by Carlin Romano in the Macon Inquirer (an unusually negative
images capture Indian life. Whitney Matheson in USA Today.
Gifted and Workshopped. Taylor Antrim in Village Voice says that
graduates of MFA programs tend to write contrived, disciplined stories.
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