Introducing 96 Indian English Poets for your MFA in Poetry

Introducing 84 Indian English Poets for your MFA in Poetry
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The way Indian poets know about poets outside the country, seldom do the poets outside India take any interest in Indian poetry owing to linguistic biases and doubts around if Indian English is legit English as spoken around the world.

The below list of poets are representatives of Indian English poetry. This is not an exhaustive list and to expect one won’t be kind on my time and bandwidth. This list originally appeared in 2018 and attracted a massive response around the world. In fact, I cannot thank enough the poet Thomas Graves for introducing the works of poets on that list. Thank you.

This time, I edited the list, dropped a few names, added a few names, and ensured that your time is worth reading each of these poets. I have also excluded poets I would have loved to include because of their negative to negligible digital footprint.

I have no returns to expect but to expect that you all will read our Indian English poets with the same intellectual curiosity I have offered to poets around the world. I would hope that you will use this list for your creative writing classes when Introducing contemporary Indian English Poetry.

96 Indian English Poets for 2020

January

Amit Shankar SahaSohini Basak |  Mrinalini Harchadrai | Shelly Bhoil | Srividya SivakumarJayanta Mahapatra | Sufia Khatoon| Namrata Pathak

February

Aryanil Mukherjee | N Ravi Shanker (RaSh) Kazim Ali | Binu Karunakaran Nandini DharSumana RoyAakriti Kuntal | Raghavendra Madhu

March

Shobhana Kumar | Tishani DoshiSrishti Dutta ChowdhuryAimee Nezhukumatathil  | Ananya ChatterjeeBarnali Ray Shukla | Huzaifa Pandit | Chandramohan Sathyanathan

April

Sukrita P. Kumar | Vinita AgrawalMustansir Dalvi | Sachin Ketkar | Jennifer Robertson | Arvind Krishna Mehrotra | Rochelle Potkar | Gieve Patel

May

Amit Majmudar Mosarrap Khan | Rochelle D’SilvaArjun Rajendran  | Aishwarya Iyer  | Meera Nair | Gayatri Chawla | Somrita Urni Ganguly

June

Maaz Bin Bilal | Urvashi BahugunaSridala Swami |  Aditi Nagrath | Adil JussawallaParesh TiwariAnjali Purohit | Easterine Kire

July

Tabish KhairAkhil KatyalBabitha Marina JustinJeet Thayil | Saima AfreenAnupama RajuSujatha Mathai | Dion D’Souza

August

Rohan Chhetri | Sampurna ChattarjiLeeya Mehta | Ranjani Murali Minal HajratwalaRanjit HoskoteUttaran Dasgupta  | Dibyajyoti Sarma

September

Sudeep Sen | Devashish MakhijaMani Rao | Menka Shivdasani | Nabina DasSmita SahayPreeti Vangani | K. Satchidanandan

October

Hoshang MerchantShriram SivaramakrishnanK. Daruwalla | CP SurendranNitoo Das |  Kiriti Sengupta | Ankita Shah | Anand Thakore

November

Linda AshokRajiv MohabirMeena Kandaswamy | Shikha Malaviya | Sanjeev Sethi Aekta KhubchandniArundhathi Subramaniam | Imtiaz Dharker

December

Sharanya Mannivanan | Priya Sarukkai Chabria |  Ravi Shankar  | Abhay KHarnidh KaurJagari Mukherjee | Jerry Pinto | Karthika Nair

Conclusion

Going forward, I’ll keep adding new names to this calendar and attempt to make it as exhaustive as possible. This will help you take a sneak peek at the works of Indian English poetry in a matter of few minutes so that not only you can name-drop the Indian English poets, sound more inclusive and scholarly, but also quote their voices to make your MFA in Poetry a more diverse program.

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6 thoughts on “Introducing 96 Indian English Poets for your MFA in Poetry”

    1. Sure. Thank you for recommending Vivek Narayanan and indeed he is worthy of mention. The list is, as you have understood, of living poets. When I revise the list the next time, I’ll definitely add his name.

  1. With all due respect to the ‘month by month’ list of Indian poets you have compiled for your ‘MFA in Poetry’, I wonder why you omit stalwarts like Rabindranath Tagore and Sarojini Naidu? Perhaps, they don’t meet your ‘digital footprint’ criterion? I think not. In any case, let me introduce you to the late poet Nissim Ezekiel, who is considered to be a ‘pioneering and foundational figure’ in Modern Indian English Poetry — he has a pretty pronounced digital footprint. His poems are taught widely in classrooms in India and around the world. Google ‘Nissim Ezekiel’ -and find out for yourself. He is also known as the Father of Modern Indian verse in English. I’m intrigued as to how you came up with a list which leaves out poets who are the bedrock of the Indian English Poetry genre. Thank you

    1. Ma’am meet me anytime and I’ll name you all the names you would love to hear. Not only in English but in regional poetry including Bengali, Malayalam, Assamese, Telegu… The names you mentioned are all well celebrated but deceased and therefore do not qualify my list of living Indian Anglophone poets. As you may see, I haven’t included the name of Eunice D’Souza too, although her poetry is very contemporary.

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