At the age of 57, Anand Prahlad’s diagnosis brought a sense of validation with a lingering sadness. Although the loneliness and isolation felt throughout his whole life will never fade, his surreal, and often misunderstood experiences now have binding reasons. This short film by Meg Vatterott, Huong Truong, Olivia Liu and Marta Payne was featured on SproutFlix.

surREALITY from Meg Vatterott on Vimeo.

Local writer Anand Prahlad’s memoir explores race and autism

Poet, folklorist and MU professor Anand Prahlad’s award-winning memoir “The Secret Life of a Black Aspie” describes Prahlad’s experiences growing up black and autistic. He recently did a public reading at Orr Street Studios. Produced by Meg Vatterott.

Confederate Monuments and the Long Shadows They Cast


Growing up with statues of the people who owned my family


Book of Revelation


Poet’s memoir sheds light on life with Asperger’s syndrome

By Aarik Danielsen, Columbia Daily Tribune

Memoir Reading

Anand Prahlad, a poet, folklorist and University of Missouri professor, reads an excerpt from his memoir, The Secret Life of a Black Aspie

By Sarah Bell, Columbia Daily Tribune

“Something Special”


Memoir tackles growing up black with undiagnosed autism

By Addley Fannin, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Secret Life

Local writer Anand Prahlad’s memoir explores race and autism

By Meg Vatterott, VOX Magazine

Community Refugee Showcase


Voices, music celebrate mid-Missouri’s refugee community

By Lucy Shanker and Meg Vatterott,, Columbia Missourian

Poetic Prophecy

Anand Prahlad holding an mbira.

See the world through the eyes of a modern-day poet

By John Farmer de la Torre, VOX Magazine

Kemper Fellow

University of Missouri students discuss Professor Anand Prahlad, winner of the Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence