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Independent journalist Meera Subramanian writes about culture and the environment with a focus on species conservation for national and international publications. Her work has appeared in Nature, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Audubon, Orion and elsewhere.
In 2012 she received SEJ’s Outstanding Feature Story award and the Staige D. Blackford Prize for Nonfiction for her Virginia Quarterly Review piece about the collapse of India’s vulture population. The story will be part of a narrative nonfiction book about environmental issues in India, to be published by HarperCollins India.
Her fellowships include the Metcalf Institute Science Workshop for Journalists, SEJ 20-20-20 Fellowship, and the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources, and she has reveled in writing residencies at the Blue Mountain Center and Mesa Refuge. Her work has been anthologized in Believer, Beware: First-Person Dispatches from the Margins of Faith (Beacon Press, 2009) and The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2011 and 2012 (Travelers’ Tales). She also blogs for Dissent, serves as an editor for the online literary magazine Killing the Buddha, and has taught environmental journalism in Kenya.
Home has been New Jersey, New Orleans, a ship, a southern music town, and multiple places in the Pacific Northwest, where she spent more than a decade working with environmental nonprofit organizations, before moving to New York City to earn a master’s degree in journalism from NYU. When she’s not traveling, she is based in Cape Cod, happily at the end of a dirt road.
Says Meera of her SEJ membership, "I wouldn't be the journalist I am today without the steadfast support of SEJ, especially my fellow freelancers."