Poetry. Asian American Studies. Taking its title from the descent into Hell in the opening passage of Homer's Iliad—"and crowded brave souls into the undergloom"—Prageeta Sharma's fourth collection chronicles personal and internal wars using the American frontier as a central metaphor to address questions of community and belonging, outsiderness, and the inevitability of a racialized self.
The first-generation child of a South Asian immigrant family and a native of Framingham, Massachusetts, Prageeta Sharma is the author of BLISS TO FILL (Subpress, 2000), THE OPENING QUESTION (Fence Books, 2004; selected by Peter Gizzi for the 2004 Fence Modern Poets Prize), INFAMOUS LANDSCAPES (Fence Books, 2007), and UNDERGLOOM (Fence Books, 2013). She is also the recipient of the 2010 Howard Foundation Grant. Sharma is associate professor of creative writing at the University of Montana.Author City: MISSOULA, MT USA