Amit Majmudar


Born to Indian immigrants, Amit Majmudar is an American novelist and poet raised in Cleveland, Ohio. His family lived in India for part of his childhood before returning to the United States, and his experiences balancing his hybrid identity as the Indian child of a secularized Hindu family and an American boy from the Midwest are core to much of his writing. His poetry regularly draws from religion (Hinduism as well as Christianity and Islam) and cultural tensions in the United States, but he often argues in favor of the advantages, strength, and creativity that stem from diversity and varied experiences. His ten celebrated novels and poetry collections also take crucial inspiration from history and philosophy and are stylistically precise and methodical, fitting with his full-time career as a diagnostic radiologist who specializes in nuclear medicine. He lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and three children.


Photo Credit: Ami B. Majmudar



English is my native

anguish. I was born here,

read here, teased and torn here.

Vocative, ablative,


locative, alive:

English was a dislocation

navigating oceans. 

Wherever it arrived,


it broke and brokered words, 

its little bits of Britain 

pilfered, bartered, written,

looted, hoarded, heard.


Papa swapped a world

for shiny colored beads, 

for dandelion seeds.

We are subject verbs.


The root word of my name 

hooks a foreign land,

long-since-shifted sand

books cannot reclaim.


Graft of tongue, gift of dust,

mother and stranger, sing

the kedgeree, the everything

at once you’ve made of us.





Literary Movements:


Anthology Years:






Literary Devices:


the repetition of the same letter or sound at the beginning of words appearing in succession


a comparison between two unrelated things through a shared characteristic


the attribution of human qualities to a non-human thing

Slant Rhyme

A rhyme where the words have similar sounds in their stressed syllables.