Zeena Nackerdien writes poems using news headlines and pages torn from ordinary life. Blending nature, science, history, fantasy and politics, the result is a unique take on a variety of topics, including the struggles of small business owners, societal expectations of men and women, refugees, butterflies and a patient’s experience of chronic pain. The reader is taken on a journey that resonates with anyone thinking about what it means to be an American and the common ties that bind all of humanity.
Zeena Nackerdien, a science writer, was born in Paarl, South Africa to Cape Malay parents, grew up in Paarl, and first arrived in America in 1989. For more than fifteen years she worked as an academic researcher at different institutions, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Maryland and the Rockefeller University in New York. Her debut science-themed novel, “The Heroine Next Door,” released in January 2015 garnered praise from an Amazon Top 100 reviewer and this prolific author has also published a collection of poetry about science and society, “Mist over Peace.” Her third, non-fiction book, Perspectives on Type 2 diabetes, is now available on Amazon.