Aimee Nezhukumatathil is an associate professor of English at the State University of New York-Fredonia, where she teaches creative writing and environmental literature. She is the author of three poetry collections: Lucky Fish (Tupelo Press, 2011), winner of the gold medal in poetry from the Independent Publisher Book Awards and the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize for Independent Books; At the Drive-In Volcano (Tupelo Press, 2007), winner of the Balcones Prize; and Miracle Fruit (Tupelo Press, 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 first chapbook, Fishbone (Snail's Pace Press, 2000), won the Snail’s Pace Press Prize.
Recent honors include a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pushcart Prize. Nezhukumatathil also received SUNY-Fredonia’s Hagan Award and the SUNY-wide Chancellor’s Award for excellence in scholarship and creative activities. Peacocks, paper, jellyfish, and brown paper packages tied up with string: these are a few of her favorite things. Photo credit: Marion Ettlinger