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Diane Mehta

Diane Mehta was born in Frankfurt, grew up in Bombay and New Jersey, studied in Boston, and now makes her home in New York City. Her second poetry collection will be published with Arrowsmith Press (2023) and her novel with OR Books (2024). She is also the author of the poetry collection Forest with Castanets (2019) and How to Write Poetry (2005). Her work has been recognized by the Peter Heinegg Literary Award, the Café Royal Cultural Foundation, a Kirby-Mewshaw fellowship at Civitella Ranieri, and fellowship at Yaddo. She was the founding managing editor of A Public Space, launched and edited Glossolalia for PEN America to publish writing from traditionally underrepresented languages, and was executive nonfiction editor for Guernica. She publishes poetry, essays, and criticism for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, The Notre Dame Review, American Poetry Review, and A Public Space.

July/Aug 2022

Hymn to Endings

By Diane Mehta

Kicking around, in love sometimes or hedging all life long to jerk and jut our rudderless bones this way and that, our remaindered bones, flesh, blood, cartilage, souls are eager […]

Winter 2023


By Diane Mehta

The Kenyon Review · “Documents” by Diane Mehta The birth certificate that documents my entry into the world is the first of many documents that explain my life, but when […]