Aimee Nezhukumatathil was born in Chicago to a Filipina mother and a father from South India. She is the author of the New York Times best-selling book of illustrated nature essays, WORLD OF WONDERS: IN PRAISE OF FIREFLIES, WHALE SHARKS, & OTHER ASTONISHMENTS (2020, Milkweed Editions). She has four previous poetry collections: OCEANIC (Copper Canyon Press, 2018), winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award; LUCKY FISH (2011) winner of the gold medal for the Independent Publisher Book Awards, 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, a collaboration of epistolary nature poems with the poet Ross Gay.
EXAMPLES OF NATURE WRITING
"A collection of non-fiction of essays about the natural world, and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us.
As a child, Nezhukumatathil called many places home: the grounds of a Kansas mental institution, where her Filipina mother was a doctor; the open skies and tall mountains of Arizona, where she hiked with her Indian father; and the chillier climes of western New York and Ohio. But no matter where she was transplanted—no matter how awkward the fit or forbidding the landscape—she was able to turn to our world’s fierce and funny creatures for guidance." -- from the publisher
Author Aimee Nezhukumatathil talks to NPT host J.T. Ellison about WORLD OF WONDERS. Visit A Word on Words for the full interview.
Aimee Nezhukumatathil reads the Axolotl and the Narwhal from "World of Wonders."
Aimee Nezhukumatahil discusses the role of identity in her own career as an "Asian American" poet.
Nezhukumatathi reads "Dear Betty Brown,"from the book, LUCKY FISH (Tupelo Press 2011).