Meena Alexander (1951-2018) was an internationally acclaimed poet, scholar, and writer. Born in Allahabad, India, and raised in India and Sudan, Alexander was Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College and at the CUNY Graduate Center in the Ph.D. program in English. She is the author of numerous collections of poetry, literary memoirs, essays, and works of fiction and literary criticism. She turned five on the Indian Ocean, during the journey with her mother from India to Sudan. She was raised both in Kerala, South India and in Khartoum, Sudan. At 18 she went to England for her studies. She earned a B.A. Honors in French and English from Khartoum University and a Ph.D. from Nottingham University. Birthplace with Buried Stones (Fall 2013) was her seventh book of poetry. She also published three earlier volumes of poetry published in India.