American Meo: A History of Remembering and Forgetting will be forthcoming at Sputyen Duyvil Press and available for preorder now.

Anisa Rahim has written a hybrid memoir of poems, prose and photographs about the Meos of Mewat, India and her family history. American Meo was longlisted in the Nonfiction category for the 2019 [PANK] Book Contest. A multimedia excerpt has been published in The Newest Americans: Stories from the Global City with a conversation about the writing process and the book project here.


She has exhibited her photography at various venues in the tri-state area including the “Look Close, See Far” exhibit in Chelsea, New York; “Mithila Art” at Casa Colombo Art Gallery; “Black and Brown (Portrait of People)” in Jersey City; “Shifted Nature” exhibition at Alfa Art Gallery with an interview about the artistic process here and where her photograph “Mystery” was recognized at their annual award ceremony.    Her photoessay, “Gurgaon Utopia” was published in SARAI Reader ’09: Projections. She was a 2020 Artist in Residence at SMUSH Gallery where she produced and exhibited the series “One Night”. Read more about it at NJ.com.

Poetry & Prose

Her poetry has been included in the following anthologies.

New Moons: Contemporary Writing by North American Muslims edited by Kazim Ali (Red Hen Press) is available here.

Kissing Dynamite Anthology PUNK (Kissing Dynamite) is available here.

Her short story was a Finalist in the 2017 Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Contest. Her poetry can be read in OJAL: Open Journal of Arts and Letters here and here, BlazeVOX Journal, Red Eft Review, Tiny Seed Literary Journal, Hotel Amerika, HCC April Poetry Month Series, Common Ground Review, Kissing Dynamite’s Anthology Punk and Atticus Review.

Anisa Rahim is a 2022 Jersey City Literary Arts Awards Recipient.

She has a B.A. from the University of Chicago in English & South Asian Languages and Literature, a J.D. from Temple Beasley School of Law, and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Rutgers-Newark University. She is a Voices of our Nation (VONA) alumni.