Participants

Abdul Kafi teaches Bengali literature in Jadavpur University. Apart from writing regular academic papers, he has a keen interest in translating poetry and prose from English into Bengali. He has translated more than three hundred poems, collected and chosen form bhakti and sufi tradition of medieval India, Iran and Arabia—an anthology of these bhakti and sufi verses has come out recently. At present he is engaged in translating Majmaul Bahrain, the magnum opus of Dara Shukoh, the famous prince and fakir of the Mughal Empire. A collection of two hundred Sanskrit love poems—translated into Bengali by him—is expected to come out shortly.

Abhirup Dhar was born in Kolkata. A banker by profession and aspirational in life with a passion to excel, he writes for the sheer joy of it and that itself led him to pen his first book, Once Again… With Love! He believes the best stories are always the simpler ones. He now celebrated storytelling in his second outing with Stories Are Magical, which was published by Hawakal. Abhirup currently lives in Delhi.

Aditya Shankar is an Indian poet, flash fiction author and translator whose poems have appeared in journals from 20 or more nations. His work has been translated into Malayalam and Arabic. His poetry collections include After Seeing (2006), Party Poopers (2014), and XXL (Dhauli Books, 2018). He has edited Tiny Judges Shall Arrive (AHRC Hong Kong, 2018). He lives in Bangalore, India.

Al Moohshina Muzzammil is Assistant Professor in English at Zakir Husain Delhi College (Evening), University of Delhi. She was born and brought up in Silchar, Assam, and did her higher studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

Amit Shankar Saha is an award-winning poet, short story writer and Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Seacom Skills University. His debut collection of poems is titled Balconies of Time. He is the co-founder of Rhythm Divine Poets, and the Fiction Editor of Ethos Literary Journal.

Born and brought up in Kolkata, Anindita Bose is inspired by the zeal of her city of joy. She believes words have immense possibilities to create life out of nothing. Her first co-written book is 'The Virtual Reality' [Sparrow-Delhi, 2016] and solo poetry book is 'I Know the Truth of a Broken Mirror' [Writers Workshop, 2018]. She is the co-founder of ‘Rhythm Divine Poets’ Kolkata; and a freelance editor of Virasat Art Publication and co-edited the short stories book Dynami Zois [Life Force] in 2017.

Award-winning story-writer Anirban Basu is pursuing doctoral research (leading to PhD) in Bengali literature in the University of Calcutta. He has authored two collections of short stories and a novel in the Bengali language.

Aranya Bandhapadhyay

Acclaimed editor of the online magazine, Bombay-Duck, Arghya Dutta is one of the prominent Bengali poets, based at Mumbai. His first book, Bikhanda Darpone Ami (I on the Broken Mirror), is a collection of autobiographical prose and poetry. He has edited the first two editions of Kobita Porobashe, an anthology of poems by the poets belonging to Bengali Diaspora. Dutta’s poems, short stories and other articles have been published in several distinguished magazines.

Arnab Saha was born in Kolkata in 1975. He has a PhD in Bengali literature from Jadavpur University. Saha is one of the most prolific writers of his generation. Until now he has authored and edited sixteen academic books and monographs, seven collections of poems, a collection of short stories and a novel.

Ashraf Jewel, an award-winning writer and poet, lives in Bangladesh.

Avinandan Mukhopadhyay was born in Midnapore, West Bengal. An award-winning poet and essayist, he works as a software professional in a government office. He has three books of poetry in the Bengali language. He loves to believe that poetry exists in every nook and crannies.

Bibhas Roy Chowdhury was born in the year 1968, in the terminal town Bongaon of West Bengal, India. He was one of the distinguished poets of the ’90s, and he is now an established poet in contemporary Bengali literature. His poems bear the characteristic features of the language of love, turmoil of the life of a poet, Partition of Bengal, and resplendent light of the lost lives. Although he has received many awards, he prefers to remain private.

Journalist Biswadip Dey did his post-graduation in Bengali literature. He has authored two collections of short stories. Dey used to be the co-editor of a poetry magazine, Meghjanma.

Deepayan Bhattacharjee is a writer living in Siliguri, India. He had a masters in Computer Science from Stony Brook, New York, and left his job as a researcher to pursue traveling and writing. His work has previously been published in the Coldnoon Magazine. Traveling has always been a great influence for his stories, along with Hobbes, the tiger.

Devika Basu is a high school English teacher, bilingual poet, translator, and a lover of Spanish literature. She loves to explore the hidden treasures of different literary genres, with a special focus on poetry. Her published works include three books of poems. Her pen scribbles the diverse aspects of life; Devika has traveled extensively and she would like to walk across the inroads of life with poetry.

Gautam Benegal is National Award-winning film-maker, artist, and author currently based in Mumbai.

Gayatri Lakhiani Chawla is a widely published, award-winning poet, translator and French teacher, based at Mumbai. She has authored two collections of her poems, Invisible Eye and The Empress.

Gopal Lahiri was born, grew up and lives now in Kolkata, India. He is a bilingual poet, writer, editor, critic and translator and published in Bengali and English language. He has authored seven collections of poems in Bengali and eight collections in English, and jointly edited one anthology of contemporary Indian English poems.

Jagari Mukherjee is a poet and writer from Kolkata, India. She has an MA in English Literature from the University of Pune, and was awarded a gold medal and several prizes by the University for excelling in her discipline. Her first book, a collection of poems entitled Blue Rose, was published in May 2017 by Bhashalipi. She is a DAAD scholar (2005), a Bear River 2018 alumna, and the winner of the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2018 (book review).

Educator, poet, author, Jhilam Chattaraj loves to communicate with the world in novel and creative ways. Jhilam is presently working as an Assistant Professor at R.B.V.R.R Women’s College, Department of English, Hyderabad. She has authored two books: Corporate Fiction: Popular Culture and the New Writers (2018) by Prestige Books International and the poetry collection When Lovers Leave and Poetry Stays (2018), Authorspress, New Delhi. She divides her time between teaching, conducting workshops, academic research and creative writing.

Kiriti Sengupta does not believe in a formal or informal biography, especially one that will accompany his poems in a journal. He was taken aback when he won the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize (2018) for a collection of poems, Healing Waters Floating Lamps, he had released in the year 2015. Pleasant or otherwise, he counts on the surprises life throws in, and loves to read poetry that does not match with his style of writing. Sengupta reaches out to the infinitude of continuance through his poetry and prose. More at kiritisengupta.com

Koushik Sen is a post-graduate (MA) in English Literature (University of Calcutta). His works have been published in Harbinger Asylum, NY Literary Magazine, The Statesman, Lost Coast Review, among other places. He is an avid book reader and loves to write a review only when he feels like writing for a book.

Kushal Poddar

Author of whorelight (Hawakal, Aug 2017), Linda Ashok is the 2017 Charles Wallace India Fellow in Creative Writing (Poetry) at the University of Chichester, UK. Her poems and reviews have appeared in several publications, online and in print, including The Common, Crab Orchard Review, The Pointed Circle by Portland Community College, Contemporary Verses 2, The McNeese Review, Friends Journal, Axolotl, Expound, among others. Linda is the Founder/President of RædLeaf Foundation for Poetry & Allied Arts and sponsors the annual RL Poetry Award (since 2013). More at lindaashok.com

Mallika Bhaumik has a Master's degree in English literature from the University of Calcutta. Her poetry, short stories, articles, and interviews have been published in various e-mags like The Woman Inc, Stag Hill Literary Journal, The Wagon Magazine, Cafe Dissensus, Oddball magazine, Narrow Road, Ethos Literary Journal, among other places. She has received the Reuel International Prize for her debut poetry book, Echoes.

Manu S Kurup is an avid blogger, reviewer and poet from Hyderabad. He has a PhD in Translation Studies from University of Hyderabad, and teaches English Language and Soft Skills to budding entrepreneurs. He is currently in the works of his first novel to be published next year.

A published fiction writer, poet and a teacher, Moinak Dutta has got two published fictions to his credit namely Online @ Offline and In search of la radice. Many of his poems, short stories, reviews and essays have been published in national and international magazines, journals, e-zines and anthologies.

Munshi Md. Younus, a Bengali poet and short story writer, was born in Burdwan, West Bengal. He has completed his higher education in Jadavpur University. For last fifteen years he is teaching at Zakir Husain Delhi College (Evening), University of Delhi in the Department of Bengali. He has delivered lectures in more than forty national and international seminars, and written more than thirty articles in several journals. Younus has authored and edited seven books; amongst his works Nakshatra Barta (collection of poems), and Mohasutra (collection of short stories) have been much appreciated by readers and critics.

Namrata Pathak teaches in the department of English, North-Eastern Hill University, Tura, Meghalaya. She has an MPhil and PhD from English and Foreign Languages University (formerly, CIEFL). She has two books to her credit, Trends in Contemporary Assamese Theatre (2015) and Women’s Writing from North-East India (2017). Her articles and creative writing have found a place in Vayavya, Nezine, Cafe Dissensus, Northeast Review, Kitaab, Coldnoon, Setu, Indiana Voice Journal, Muse India, Raiot, The Tribe, Dead Snakes, The Thumb Print Magazine, to name a few. She has been a recipient of FCT-Ford Foundation Fellowship and UGC-Associateship by IIAS, Shimla.

Nikita Parik holds a Bachelor’s degree (BA) in English from the University of Calcutta, three-year Advanced Diploma in French studies, Master's degree (MA) in Linguistics from the University of Calcutta. She is about to earn another MA in English this year. She currently works as the Assistant Editor for Ethos Literary Journal, and is working on her first book length poetry collection.

Paresh Tiwari, has published two widely acclaimed collections of poetry. Raindrops chasing Raindrops, his latest collection of haibun, was the recipient of the prestigious Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards 2017. Paresh is the serving haibun editor of the literary magazine, Narrow Road, a tri-annual publication.

Preetinicha Barman teaches English at Women’s College, Shillong, Meghalaya. She has published her poems in English, Assamese, Koch-Rajbanshi and Bengali in various journals and periodicals apart from several papers in research journals. Aiyor Photok is her collection of Koch-Rajbanshi poems. Girish Karnad and Orhan Pamuk were the areas of her research for her MPhil and PhD degrees respectively. Her present area of research is Koch-Rajbanshi folklore.

Promita Bhowmik is an award-winning poet, who has a PhD from Jadavpur University. She has published four poetry collections in the Bengali language, and a book of essay, based on her research work. Her poetry is being published regularly in leading newspapers and magazines both nationally and internationally. Promita's poetry has been translated into English, Hindi and other Indian and foreign languages. Recently she has participated in a prestigious international poetry festival in China as the only representative of the Bengali language.

Ranu Uniyal is from Lucknow. She has three books of poetry in English, and is waiting to find a home for her first Hindi collection. Poetry gives her wings to fly and teaching keeps her rooted to the ground.

Ravi Shankar N lives in and writes poems from Palakkad, Kerala. Many of his poems have appeared in both national and international journals. His poems appeared in the anthology, A Strange Place Other Than Earlobes, and collection Architecture of Flesh. He is also a prolific translator of poems from Malayalam into English.

Reetwika Banerjee is an award-winning author, film writer and multiple world records holder in the field of modern literature. A qualified Cyber Security Expert by profession, Reetwika enjoys writing equally during her leisure hours.

Rimi Dey was born in a tea-estate in West Bengal, India. She has authored eight collections of poetry and a collection of short-short stories in the Bengali language. She works in AIR, Siliguri.

Ripan Halder lives in Kalyani, West Bengal. He is a teacher, and has authored two collections of poetry and a collection of short stories in the Bengali language. An avid follower of post-modern literature, Ripan listens to music, and watches movies when he is not writing.

Sanjoy Saha, born in 1973 at Mathabhanga, a teacher by profession, is a poet, essayist and an editor. He has bagged Paschimbanga Bangla Academy Award for his little magazine, Titir. He has authored three books of poems, and four books of prose. He is especially known for writing travelogues, replete with events from his memory, which have been termed manas-bhraman (a combination of chronological and psychological times).

Sanjukta Dasgupta, Professor and Former Head, Dept of English and Former Dean, Faculty of Arts, Calcutta University is a poet, critic and translator. Apart from her books on literary studies, media and gender studies, translations and Tagore studies, her articles, poems, short stories and translations have been published in journals of distinction in India and abroad. Dasgupta’s published volumes of poems are Snapshots (Writers Workshop), Dilemma (Anustup), First Language (Dasgupta Book Company), More Light (Dasgupta Book Company), and Laxmi Unbound (Chitrangi).

Sankha Ghosh is a banker by day and writer by night. Starting off as an environmental activist with an international foundation, he eventually got into the exciting industry of banking. An avid observer, an alternate thinker and strictly opinionated, his writings have been published on several domestic and international blogs.

Sebanti Ghosh is an award-winning poet and translator, based in Siliguri. She has authored eight full-length collections of poetry. Ghosh has participated in several literary meets both in India and abroad.

Sharmila Ray is a poet and non-fiction essayist, anthologized and featured in India and abroad. She is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of History, City College, Kolkata. She has authored seven volumes of poetry. Her poems have been translated into many languages.

A critically-acclaimed poet, Srividya Sivakumar’s second book of poems, The Heart is an Attic, has been published in 2018 by Hawakal Publishers, Kolkata. Her first collection of verse, The Blue Note, was published in December 2012 by Writers Workshop, Kolkata. In her twenty-year teaching career, Srividya has taught English in its different forms, from General English and English Literature in undergraduate and post-graduate studies to competitive exams like the IAS and CAT. She holds an MS in Education Management and a post-graduate diploma in Advertising and Communication. Srividya has a PhD in English Literature. Her thesis is titled “The Image of Women in the Novels of Salman Rushdie.”

Sufia Khatoon is an editor, translator, poet, artist and event manager. She has an MA in English Literature, post-graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication and a Diploma in Visual Arts and Design. Her poems and short stories have been published in various national and international anthologies. She is the owner of Sufi's Touch, a lifestyle designing brand that focuses on artistic products and recycled art.

Utsab Ray is a doctoral research scholar at the Dept. of Liberal Arts, IIT Hyderabad. He works in the area of Inter-art Modernist poetry in English. His research interests also include 19th and 20th century Bengali poetry and literature in general.

Vinita Agrawal is the author of four books of poetry. Recipient of numerous awards for her literary endeavours, she is on the Advisory Board of the Tagore Literary Prize.