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Meera Subramanian

Journalist

US-based independent journalist Meera Subramanian writes about culture, faith, and the environment for national and international publications including Nature, Virginia Quarterly Review, Smithsonian, New York Times, Discover, and others.

As a nonfiction writer, Meera seeks out stories about home in the personal and planetary sense, writing about the wild world hidden around us and within us, covering everything from the return of peregrine falcons to the near extinction of vultures, from arranged marriages in India to organic chocolate in Grenada. She is currently working on her first book, Elemental India: Notes from a Nation on the Brink (forthcoming from PublicAffairs and HarperCollins India, 2015). Meera spent the winter of 2013-'14 in India as a Fulbright-Nehru senior research fellow doing research and reporting on environmental stories across India, including investigating what — if anything — was helping women move away from the polluting form of cooking with solid biomass fuels.

Since 2007, she has also been an editor of Killing the Buddha, an award-winning online literary magazine of stories about belief, lost or found, oftentimes both.

You can find Meera's work published in Nature, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Virginia Quarterly Review, USA Today, Smithsonian, Orion, Audubon, Salon, Bidoun, Discover, Saudi Aramco World, Grist, and others. Internationally, she has written for Caravan, India Today, Open, and GEO (India), Africa Geographic (South Africa), Internazionale (Italy), Revue Urbanisme (France), and others.