Mani Rao is a poet, translator and scholar. She has nine books of poetry including New & Selected Poems (Poetrywala); two books in translation, Bhagavad Gita as a poem (Fingerprint) and Kalidasa for the 21st Century Reader (Aleph). Her latest book, Living Mantra—Mantra, Deity and Visionary Experience Today (Palgrave Macmillan 2019) is an anthropology of mantra-experience among Hindu-tantric practitioners in Andhra-Telangana. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from UNLV, and a PhD in Religious Studies from Duke University. She has held residencies at Omi Ledig House (2018), Iowa IWP (2005 and 2009) and was the 2006 University of Iowa International Programs writer-in-residence. See www.manirao.com.