Dedicated to examining the confluence of science and art, Pireeni Sundaralingam has received national fellowships in both cognitive science and poetry. Educated at Oxford, she has held scientific research posts at MIT and UCLA and is co-editor of Indivisible, the first national anthology of South Asian American poets. Her poetry has appeared in journals such as Ploughshares and The Progressive. Pireeni has spoken on the intersections between poetry and the brain at MOMA (New York), the Exploratorium and the de Young Fine Arts Museum (San Francisco).
Her interview “Walking between Worlds” appeared in the March 2009 issue of WLT, and her poem “Language Like Birds” was nominated for a 2008 Pushcart Prize. She is working on an extended poetry cycle designed to provoke an increased awareness of ecological thinking.