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Sangamithra Iyer

October 20, Dudley Square
Sangamithra Iyer is a writer and engineer who holds a BE in civil engineering from the Cooper Union, an MS in geotechnical engineering from UC Berkeley, and an MFA in creative writing from Hunter College. Iyer was an Emerging Writer Fellow at Aspen Summer Words and a finalist for the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has been published by the Kenyon Review, Newtown Literary, n+1, Creative Nonfiction, Hen Press, and Hippocampus Magazine. Her writing on animals has also been anthologized in several collections, including Sister Species (University of Illinois Press), Primate People (University of Utah Press), and Writing for Animals (Ashland Creek Press). She served as an editor at Satya Magazine and an associate for the public policy action tank Brighter Green. She lives in Queens, New York and works on protecting New York City’s water supply. She has received support from the Jerome Foundation and the Camargo Foundation for her book in progress, Governing Bodies, a lyrical reckoning of the ways bodies—human bodies, animal bodies, bodies of land, bodies of water—are controlled and liberated.