Mani Rao
Poet / Scholar

Mani Rao is a poet, translator and independent scholar. She has authored several poetry collections and essays. Her poetry collections include Sing to Me (Recent Work Press Australia), New & Selected Poems (Poetrywala India), Echolocation (Math Paper Press Singapore) and Ghostmasters (Chameleon Press Hong Kong). She has two books in translation from Sanskrit including Bhagavad Gita as a poem (Autumn Hill Books USA and Fingerprint India), and Kalidasa for the 21st Century Reader (Aleph Books India). Her latest book Living Mantra— Mantra, Deity and Visionary Experience Today (Palgrave Macmillan 2019) is an anthropology of mantra-experience among tantric practitioners in south India.
She has been the recipient of several prestigious fellowships. She was a visiting fellow at the Iowa International Writing Program from 2005 and 2009 and held the 2006 University of Iowa International Programs writer-in-residence K-12 fellowship. She held writing residencies at Omi Ledig House in 2018 and International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI) Canberra in 2019. She was also a co-founder of OutLoud, a regular poetry-reading gathering in Hong Kong.