Sangamithra Iyer

Writer & Engineer, US

Sangamithra Iyer is a writer and engineer. She is the author of The Lines We Draw, the editor of Satya: The Long View, and was a finalist for the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature. Sangamithra holds a B.E. in civil engineering from Cooper Union, an M.S. in geotechnical engineering from UC Berkeley and an MFA in creative writing from Hunter College. Her writing has been published by n+1, Creative Nonfiction, Waging Nonviolence, Hippocampus Magazine, and her essays have been anthologized in several collections. She lives in Queens, NY and works on watershed protection and water supply infrastructure planning for New York City.

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Governing Bodies is a lyrical exploration into our complicated relationship with the natural and urban world and how we find truth, beauty and compassion to combat violence and complacency in our daily lives. It is a work of creative nonfiction that blends, memoir, history and reportage. Governing Bodies is an inquiry into both nature and governance and looks at the ways bodies—human bodies, animal bodies, bodies of land and bodies of  water—are controlled, protected and/or liberated. It examines the tensions and possibilities of blurring the boundaries between city and nature.

Sangamithra was in residence at the Camargo Foundation from January 8 to February 8, 2018 in partnership with Art Matters and the Jerome Foundation.