MSU welcomes Guggenheim Fellow for Price Caldwell Visiting Writers Series

Contact: Landon Gibson

A portrait of Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Aimee Nezhukumatathil (Photo courtesy of Caroline Beffa)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Acclaimed poet and essayist Aimee Nezhukumatathil will deliver a public reading Monday [Sept. 21] as part of Mississippi State’s Price Caldwell Visiting Writers Series.

Free to all and hosted by the Department of English, Nezhukumatathil’s presentation begins at 8 p.m. via Zoom. Participants must register at to attend, and they will receive the web link and password prior to the event.

Nezhukumatathil, a University of Mississippi professor of English and creative writing, is author of the illustrated nature essay “World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Shark, and Other Astonishments,” which she recently spoke about on NPR’s Morning Edition. She also has written four previous poetry collections, including “Oceanic,” “Lucky Fish,” “At the Drive-In Volcano” and “Miracle Fruit.”

Her most recent chapbook “Lace & Pyrite” is a collaboration of nature poems with poet Ross Gay. Her writing also has appeared in the Best American Actor Poetry Series, The New York Times Magazine, ESPN, Ploughshares literary journal, American Poetry Review and Tin House magazine.

Among Nezhukumatathil’s honors are a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pushcart Prize, a Mississippi Arts Council grant, and being named a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow in poetry.

For more on Nezhukumatathil’s campus visit and lecture, contact Michael Kardos, MSU professor of English and creative writing program co-director, at 662-325-3644 or

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