Bio

Sneha Madhavan-Reese is the author of the poetry collection Observing the Moon. Her poems have appeared in literary magazines in Canada, the US, Australia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as in The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2016. Her essay “My Poetic Education” appeared in Winter 2017 as part of The New Quarterly’s Falling in Love with Poetry series (issue 141).

She is the 2015 winner of Arc Poetry Magazine's Diana Brebner Prize and was a finalist for a 2018 National Magazine Award. Other prizes she’s been shortlisted for include the Alfred G. Bailey Prize (2013), The Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Prize for Poetry (2014), the Montreal International Poetry Prize (2015), and The Malahat Review’s Open Season Award for Poetry (2018).

Sneha earned her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, with minors in literature and chemistry, from MIT in 2000, and she completed her master's degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan in 2002. She lives with her husband and their three children on the traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin Nation (Ottawa, Ontario).

Sneha is a member of the League of Canadian Poets. She gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the City of Ottawa, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Sneha Madhavan-Reese headshot

Tree Reading Series, Ottawa, 26 March 2013. Photo by Luminita Suse.