Anand Prahlad has published two books of poems, Hear My Story and Other Poems and As Good As Mango, as well as publishing poems and creative nonfiction in literary journals such as Fifth Wednesday, Water~Stone Review, Copper Nickle, Pleiades, The Chariton Review, and Natural Bridge. He recently completed a new collection of poetry, Hijra, which focuses on black, third gender identity.

Prahlad has also published critical articles and books on black folklore and the proverb, including Reggae Wisdom: Proverbs in Jamaican Music and African American Proverbs in Context, and he has edited the three-volume set The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore and the one-volume The Greenwood Student Encyclopedia of African American Folklore.

Prahlad is a songwriter and musician who plays multiple instruments, including the African mbira. He released his original blues CD, Hover Near, in 2008 and is now working on a second CD.

Prahlad holds a MA and a PhD in folklore studies and sociolinguistics from UC Berkeley and UCLA. He is director of creative writing at the University of Missouri, where teaches folklore, film, creative writing, and disability studies and has been the recipient of numerous major teaching awards.