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Department of English
University of Mississippi

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of the illustrated nature essay collection, WORLD OF WONDERS: IN PRAISE OF FIREFLIES, WHALE SHARKS, & OTHER ASTONISHMENTS, finalist for the Kirkus Prize in non-fiction, and named the 2020 Barnes and Noble Book of the Year. She is also the author of four books of poetry, and is poetry editor of SIERRA, the national magazine of the Sierra Club. Awards for her writing include The Ohioana Award in non-fiction, a Kansas Book Award, fellowships from the Mississippi Arts Council, Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for poetry, National Endowment of the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Her writing has appeared in NYTimes Magazine, ESPN Magazine, and twice in Best American Poetry. She is professor of English and Creative Writing in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program.


  • M.F.A., English, The Ohio State University (poetry & creative non-fiction), 2000.
  • B.A., English, The Ohio State University, 1996

Teaching and Research Interests:

  • poetry writing
  • creative non-fiction writing
  • environmental literature
  • nature writing
  • Asian American literature
  • contemporary poetry


  • Lace & Pyrite [poetry chapbook w/ Ross Gay] (Get Fresh Publishing, 2021)
  • World of Wonder [essays] (Milkweed Editions, 2020)
  • Oceanic [poems] (Copper Canyon Press, 2018)
  • Lucky Fish [poems] (Tupelo Press, 2011)
  • At the Drive-in Volcano [poems] (Tupelo Press, 2007)
  • Miracle Fruit [poems] (Tupelo Press, 2003)

W210 Bondurant Hall