Rajiv Mohabir


Rajiv Mohabir

Winner of 2015 AWP Intro Journal Award and the 2014 Intro Prize in Poetry by Four Way Books for his first full-length collection The Taxidermist’s Cut (2016), and recipient of a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant, Rajiv Mohabir received fellowships from Voices of Our Nation’s Artist foundation, Kundiman, and the American Institute of Indian Studies language program. His second book The Cowherd’s Son won the 2015 Kundiman Prize and is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2017. His poetry and translations are internationally published can be found in Best American Poetry 2015, Quarterly West, Guernica, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, Drunken Boat, Anti-, Great River Review, PANK, and Aufgabe. He received his MFA in Poetry and Translation from at Queens College, CUNY where he was Editor in Chief of the Ozone Park Literary Journal. Currently he is pursuing a PhD in English from the University of Hawai`i, where he teaches poetry and composition.    


The Taxidermist's Cut, (Four Way Books 2016); Thunder in the Courtyard, (Finishing Line Press 2016); Acoustic Trauma, (Ghostbird Press 2015); A Veil You'll Cast Aside, (Anew Print 2014); na mash me bone, (Finishing Line Press 2011); na bad-eye me, (Pudding House Press 2010)

Areas of Interest

Creative Writing, Literary Translation, Postcolonial theory and literature, Queer literature, American poetic movements, South Asian studies, Caribbean literature and musical traditions


The 2015 Kundiman Prize; 2015 Bamboo Ridge Editor Choice Award; 2015 PEN/Heim Translation Grant Fund Award; 2015 Ghostbird Press Chapbook Prize; 2014 Intro Prize in Poetry from Four Way Books; 2014 American Academy of Poets Award  


City University of New York, Queens College MFA; Long Island University, Brooklyn MsEd in TESOL; University of Florida, BA


Spring Semester 2017
  • ENG-313: Types of Creative Writing: Poetry and Short Prose

Fall Semester 2016
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-313: Types of Creative Writing (Bizarre Craft: Short Prose and Poetry)

Spring Semester 2016
  • ENG-100: Composition I
  • ENG-100: Composition I

Fall Semester 2015
  • ENG-100: Composition I