Pireeni Sundaralingam, Adjunct Faculty in the Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) program at CIIS Pireeni Sundaralingam

Adjunct Senior Lecturer
Masters of Fine Arts
School of Consciousness and Transformation (SCT)

BA, University of Oxford

MS, University of London

Born in Sri Lanka and raised both there and in England,  Pireeni Sundaralingam  is co-editor of  Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (U. Arkansas Press, 2010), which  won both the 2011 N.California  Book Award  as well as the 2011 Josephine Miles national book award from PEN Oakland.  Her own poetry has been published in journals such as Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Hayden's Ferry Review, Crab Orchard Review,The Progressive, Cyphers (Ireland), Karavan (Sweden), The North (UK), and Magma (UK) among others, as well as in anthologies by W.W.Norton, Prentice Hall, & Macmillan, and has been translated into several languages, including Gaelic, Swedish, Vietnamese and Tamil.

Educated at the University of Oxford, Sundaralingam has held research posts as a cognitive scientist at MIT and UCLA, and national fellowships in both poetry and cognitive, as well as, most recently, a fellowship in interdisciplinary thinking at the Institute for Spatial Experiments, in Berlin. She is currently writing a book on Creativity, Poetry, and The Brain.

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