Lynn Aarti Chandhok has been named the winner of the 2006 Levine Prize in Poetry, for The View from Zero Bridge.
Chandhok was born and raised in Pittsburgh but spent childhood summers in Kashmir with her father's family. (Her mother is Jewish and a native of Brooklyn.) After graduation from Swarthmore College in 1985, she worked as a technical writer and then completed a master's degree in teaching at Tufts. She moved to Brooklyn in 1990 with her husband, and since then has worked as a high school English teacher and as a freelance writer. She has two daughters.
Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Republic, Tin House, The Antioch Review, The Hudson Review, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, Sewanee Theological Review, and elsewhere. A chapbook, Picking the Flowers, is forthcoming from Aralia Press. Her work has been featured on Poetry Daily and will appear in a new Poetry Daily print anthology in Spring 2007.