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Sudeep Sen

J-1889 Chittaranjan Park, New Delhi 110019. India

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Websites: www.sudeepsen.net | www.atlasaarkarts.net | Email: sudeepsen.net@gmail.com

Educational Qualifications

1989 M.S. in Journalism | Columbia University, New York [as an Inlaks Scholar]

1989 Diploma in Film Making | The New School for Social Research, New York

1988 M.A. in English & Writing | Hollins University, Virginia
1987 International Scholar | Davidson College, North Carolina
1986 B.A. (Honours) in English | University of Delhi
1983 I.S.C. & 1981: I.C.S.E. | St. Columba’s School, New Delhi

Work Experience & Important Positions Held

Nearly 20 years of extensive international and national experience as a professional in literary, arts & travel journalism; university teaching — in conducting seminars, creative writing & translation workshops in book publishing and magazine editing; and broadcast media as well as, in graphic and live art, book and architectural design, film and photography. 

As a publisher and editorial director of Aark Arts, he has been responsible (both as a commissioning editor and designer) for overseeing over 50 international and national titles some of which have won important literary awards.

As the editor of Atlas, he regularly interacts, commissions, edits, publishes leading international and national award-winning writers and artists a roster that now runs into the thousands.


Editorial Director, Aark Arts Publishers (New Delhi, London, New York)
Editor, Atlas (New Delhi, London, New York)
Contemporary World Poetry (CWP) Series Editor, Aark Arts Books & Chapbooks

Director, Delhi International Literary Festival 2008 [part of Delhi International Arts Festival]

Associate | The Plimpton Circle, The Paris Review (New York)

Advisory Editor, The Literary Review (USA)

International Editor-at-Large, Molossus (USA & UK)

Consulting Editor, International Literary Quarterly (UK)

Former Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Commonwealth Literature (UK)

Contributing Editor, Orient Express (Oxford)

Member, Board of Contributors, International Exchange for Poetic Invention (USA)

Director, Stanza (Poetry Society of UK, India Chapter)

Asia Editor, Sheffield Wednesday (UK)

Poetry Editor, New Quest (India)

Contributing Editor, Urban Voice (India)

International Poet-in-Residence, The Scottish Poetry Library (Edinburgh)

Visiting Scholar, Harvard University (USA)

International Writer-in-Residence, nlpvf Dutch Foundation for Literature (Amsterdam)

Writing Fellow, Ledig House (New York)

Writing Fellow, Sanskriti Foundation (New Delhi)


Head, Publications Division, Reichmann Karten Sword (New York)

Director, Poets & Writers Studio International (New York)

Features Editor, Sunday Mail (New Delhi)

Columnist, Independent (Bombay)

Columnist, Metropolis on Saturday (Bombay)

Columnist, Network (New Delhi)

Achievements & Distinctions

i. featured author international & national

Represented India (as an invited author/reader/speaker) at innumerable international and national festivals, conferences, and seminars. Invitations ranged from national governments, international organizations & festivals, universities, research institutes, museums, bookshops, galleries, art cafes & bars, among others. Some highlights include — Edinburgh Book Festival, Scottish Poetry Library, Netherbow Theatre, Amnesty International Festival (all Scotland), Royal Festival Hall London, London Word Festival, Brighton International Poetry Festival, Commonwealth Writers Festival Cambridge, Raiding the Inarticulate Oxford, Broomhill Literary Festival Devon, Morden Tower Newcastle, Arvon Foundation (all UK), Poetry Ireland|Writers’ Museum Dublin, Cuisle International Poetry Festival Limerick (both Ireland), Amsterdam Literary Festival, Open Stanza, Salon de Mots, University of Amsterdam, Maastricht Poetry Nights (all The Netherlands), Tranquebar Bookshop Copenhagen & Aarhus University (both Denmark), Lahti International Writers Reunion (Finland), Jerusalem International Poetry Festival, Sha’ar International Poetry Festival, Tel Aviv (Israel), Struga Poetry Evenings (Macedonia), Villenica Writers Festival, Vilenica; International Publishers Meet, Dane (Slovenia), Prague International Poetry Festival (Czech Republic), Medellin International Poetry Festival (Colombia), Yalova Poetry Nights (Turkey), Sisarang International Poetry School (South Korea), Calabash (Jamaica), Neemrana Fort Palace (Rajasthan), The Times of India Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, National Centre for Performing Arts, Prithvi Theatre, P.E.N. Centre, Crossword Bookshop, Chauraha, Loquations (all Bombay), Second Neemrana International Literary Festival (Delhi & Rajasthan), India International Centre Festival of the Arts (Delhi), Katha Utsav International, India Habitat Centre (Delhi), Delhi International Arts Festival, IIC-Atlas Literary MiniFest, Sanskriti Kendra, Sahitya Akademi (Delhi & Calcutta), British Council (Delhi, Bombay, Ahmedabad, Dhaka), Siri Fort Auditorium (Delhi), Attic (Delhi), Cervantes Institute (Delhi), ICCR Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Conclave Club (both Calcutta), Amethyst (Chennai), Darpana Dance Academy / Natarani Theatre, British Library (Ahmedabad), IAS Officers Club, Saptaparni Arts Centre (both Hyderabad), Literatti Bookshop & Hotel Cidade de Goa (both Goa), the universities of Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, Berkeley, Pennsylvania, Rutgers, South & North Carolina, Virginia, UC Santa Barbara, Texas (all USA), Oxford, Cambridge, London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews, York (all UK), Nice (France), Humbolt, Free, Konstanz (Germany), Barcelona, Oviedo, Zaragoza, Jaca (Spain), Kelaniya, Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Tribhuvan (Nepal), Delhi, Calcutta, Bombay, Hyderabad, Osmania , IIT, JNU (India), among many others.

ii. honours, awards, scholarships, fellowships

2010 Judge|Jury Member (with the UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy & Elaine Feinstein) 10th Arvon Foundation International Poetry Competition (London). [First non-UK international judge invited.]

2009-10 Sanskriti Foundation Writers Fellowship (New Delhi).

2009 Jorge Zalamea Poetry Award (presented by the Colombian Government of South America & the Embassy of Colombia in New Delhi). Blue Nude, an unpublished book-in-progress, won it in an open international competition that attracted entries worldwide.

2009 A K Ramanujan Translation Award for Aria (a book of translations of modern South Asian and World Poetry).

2009 Jury Member, Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize (India) — jointly administered by the S R Trust and the University of Hyderabad’s Department of English, in partnership with The Hindu newspaper group.

2009 Jury/Editorial Board Member, Katha Poetry E-Book series.

2008 Ledig House International Writer’s Fellowship (New York).

2007 nlpvf Dutch Foundation for Literature international ‘writer-in-residence’ fellowship (Amsterdam).

2007 Kathak Literary Award ­|Kathak Sahitya Puroshkar — for outstanding contribution to Bangladesh’s Literature (Dhaka).

2005 Judge|Jury Member (with Jayanta Mahapatra & Anita Nair), Dom Moraes Poetry Prize (India) — administered by Monsoon Editions (Yeti Books).

2004 Awarded the ‘Pleiades Honour’ at the world’s oldest poetry festival in Struga, Macedonia. As the Pleiades title suggests, seven internationally “famous poets” who have made “significant contribution to modern world poetry” are chosen to receive this prestigious honour — the other six on that year’s list included the Nobel prize nominated Chinese poet Bei Dao, Herder European Award winning Romanian poet Ana Blandiana, the Irish poet John F Deane, Arturo Korkuera from Peru, Al Janabi from Iraq, and Philip Johns from Belgium.

1997-98 Hawthornden Fellowship (UK) and Pushcart Prize nomination (USA) for poems included in Postmarked India: New & Selected Poems (HarperCollins).

1996 Faber & Faber Poetry Grant from the Arvon Foundation (UK).

1991-93 National Award Winner at the British Council Poetry Society of India ‘All India Poetry Competition’ on a couple of occasions.

1991 Poetry Circle (Bombay) National Poetry Competition Prize Winner.

1989 Inlaks Scholarship (India), India Abroad Scholarship (New York), and Columbia University Graduate Scholarship (New York) to pursue an MS in Journalism at Columbia University, New York.

1988 Bread Loaf Writers Scholarship, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Middlebury College, Vermont, USA.

1988 Graduate School Scholarship to pursue M.A. in English & Writing, Hollins University, Virginia.

1987 International Scholarship & Vereen Bell Prize for Creative Writing, Davidson College (USA).

1985 Gurukul Scholarship from SPIC-MACAY (Kalakshetra, Madras).

1984 Jagmohan Pably Prize for academic excellence, Hindu College, University of Delhi

iii. sudeep sen’s work as prescribed text/ or used in university courses

Over 15 universities and colleges around the world have taught or currently teach my work at the undergraduate or graduate level literature and cultural studies courses. Additionally, several students pursuing their research degrees based on my work.

Membership of Academic / Research / Professional Organisations

Member, India International Centre (New Delhi)

Member, India Habitat Centre (New Delhi)

Life Member, Poetry Society of India (New Delhi)

Life Member, Poetry Society (London)

Member, Poetry Book Society (London)

Member, CLMP: Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (New York)


I. Print & Broadcast Media

Sen’s writings have appeared in leading international and national newspapers, magazines, journals, and broadcast on radio and television. Some include: the Times Literary Supplement, Guardian, Independent, Observer, Telegraph, Financial Times, Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, Herald, Evening Standard, New Internationalist, de Volkskrant, De tweede ronde, London Magazine, Poetry Review, Agenda, Ambit, Wolf, Wasafiri, Edinburgh Review, Lines Review, Irish Pages, Literary Review, Harvard Review, World Literature Today, Times of India, Hindu, Hindustan Times, Asian Age, Statesman, Gentleman, India International Centre Quarterly, Little Magazine, Biblio, Indian Review of Books, New Quest, Outlook, India Today, among others; and broadcast on BBC World (TV), BBC Radio, CNN-IBN, NDTV, PBS, WFUV, GLR, SABC, AIR, Doordarshan, Radio Tehran, Radio Jerusalem, and many others.

II. Books by Sudeep Sen

I.1 Poetry

2012 Blue Nude: Poems & Translations 1977-2012 (forthcoming)

2010 Dreaming of Cezanne Gallerie (forthcoming)

2009 Aria [translations] Yeti Books & Monsoon Editions (India) / 2010 Mulfran Press (UK)

2009 Heat Web del Sol [e-book] (USA)

2005 Rain Gallerie & Mapin (India) / Grantha (USA)

2003 Distracted Geography: An Archipelago of Intent Wings Press (USA) / 2004 Peepal Tree (UK), Indialog

2003 Prayer Flag [CD / poetry & photography] Wings Press (USA) / Peepal Tree (UK)

2002 Monsoon [re-issued in 2005 as Rain] Bengal Foundation (Dhaka) / Aark Arts (London)

2001 Perpetual Diary Aark Arts, London

2000 A Blank Letter The High Commission of India (Dhaka)

2000 Lines of Desire University of South Carolina / Triad

2000 Almanac University of South Carolina / Triad

2000 In Another Tongue [translations] University of South Carolina / Triad

1999 Retracing American Contours University of South Carolina / Triad

1997 Postmarked India: New & Selected Poems HarperCollins

1995 Dali’s Twisted Hands Peepal Tree Books, Leeds

1994 Mount Vesuvius in Eight Frames Peepal Tree Books, Leeds

1994 South African Woodcut Peepal Tree Books, Leeds

1993 Parallel [CD /Audio Cassette] The Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh

1993 New York Times The Many Press, London 1995 Rupa, (including Kali in Ottava Rima)

1992 Kali in Ottava Rima Paramount, London 1995 Rupa, (including New York Times)

1990 The Lunar Visitations White Swan Books (New York) 1991 Rupa (New Delhi)

1986 The Man in the Hut [limited hand-bound edition] Davidson, North Carolina (USA)

1983 Leaning Against the Lamp-Post / 1996 [reprinted] Triad & University of South Carolina (USA)

I.2 Prose

2002 Postcards from Bangladesh (with Tanvir Fattah & Kelley Lynch), University Press Limited

BodyText (New & Selected Fiction: forthcoming)

Tracing Lines: Selected Prose (Essays & Criticism: forthcoming)

1.3 Translator

2009 Aria Yeti Books & Monsoon Editions (India) & 2010 Mulfran Press (UK)

2005 Love Poems by Shamshur Rahman |London: Aark Arts

2003 Spellbound & Other Poems by Fazal Shahabuddin | London: Aark Arts

2001 Love & Other Poems by Aminur Rahman | London: Aark Arts

2000 In Another Tongue University of South Carolina / Triad

Selected Poems by Anamika | London: Aark Arts (forthcoming)

1.4 Editor/Co-editor

2010 The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry by Indians (forthcoming)

2010 Katha Poetry E-Book Anthology (New Delhi: Katha) (forthcoming)

2010 Modern English Poetry from Bangladesh Dhaka: University Press Limited (forthcoming)

2009 The Literary Review Indian Poetry USA: Farleigh Dickinson University

2006 Biblio South Asian English Poetry (a portfolio) New Delhi: Biblio

2006 present Atlas: New Writing, Art & Image London/New York/New Delhi: Aark Arts

2005 Sestet: Six New Writers Berlin: Free University & London: Aark Arts

2004 Midnight’s Grandchildren: Post-Independence English Poetry from India Macedonia: Struga Poetry Evenings [in Macedonian translation]

2002 Dash: Four New German Writers Berlin: Humboldt University & London: Aark Arts

2002 Shawkat Haider: A Day with Destiny Dhaka: Azeez

2001 Hayat Saif: Selected Poems Dhaka: Pathak Samabesh

2001 The British Council Book of Emerging English Poets from Bangladesh Dhaka: The British Council

2001-4 Six Seasons Review Dhaka: University Press Limited & London: Aark Arts

1998 Index for Censorship [Poems] Songs of Partition (a portfolio) London: Index for Censorship

1996 Lines Review Twelve Modern Young Indian Poets Edinburgh: Lines Review

1995 Wasafiri Contemporary Writing from India, South Asia & The Diaspora University of London.

I.5 Selected Sen’s poetry in translation as books/chapbooks/broadsheets

2009 Triztan’s Timex [Norwegian / trans. Birger Huse]

2009 Cyclical [Polish / trans. Malgorzata Wilk & Karolina Janus]

2009 Geographies [French / trans. Dominique Vitalyos & Dominique de Gasquet]

2007 present Regen|Rain [Dutch / trans. Susan Ridder / work-in-progress]

2006 Lluvia|Rain [Spanish / trans. M Dolores Herrero]

2005 present Sudeep Sen ki Kavitaye [Hindi / trans. Anamika / work-in-progress]

2004 Alexander’s Soil: Selected Poems [Macedonian / trans. Zoran Anchevski]

2002 La Sencilla Malta|The Single Malt [Spanish / trans. Raul Jaime]

2003 Barsha [Bengali / trans. Aminur Rahman]

2003 Prarthana Pataka [Bengali / trans. Aminur Rahman]

2000 Ekti Khali Chithi [Bengali / trans. Aminur Rahman]

2002 Remembering Hiroshima Tonight [German / trans. Andrea Vialli]

20?? Ilhan Berk and other poems [Turkish / trans. Nese Yasin]

20?? Remembering Hiroshima Tonight [Greek / trans. Kariofilis Mitsakis]

20?? BodyText [Hebrew / trans. Dan Daor]

20?? Lines of Desire [Hebrew / trans. Amir Or]

20?? Lines of Desire [Romanian / trans. Curtea d Arges Poetry Festival committee]

20?? Lines of Desire & Other Poems [Korean / trans. Kim Ku Sul & Park Hae Won]

20?? Prayer Flag [Hungarian / trans. Domokos Johanna]

I.6 Important anthologies & publications featuring poetry /prose of Sudeep Sen

2010 The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry by Indians (HarperCollins) ed. Sudeep Sen [forthcoming]

2010 Initiate: An Oxford Anthology of New Writing (Oxford: Blackwell’s) eds. Jane Draycott, Clare Morgan, Jonathan Evans, Franke Egerton & Rita Ricketts [forthcoming]

2010 Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (USA: University of Arkansas Press) eds. Neelanjana Banerjee, Summi Kaipa & Pireeni Sundaralingam

2010 The Book of Worst Meals (USA: Serving House Books), eds. Walter Cummins & Thomas E Kennedy [forthcoming]

2010 River Sutra: Anthology of Indian River Poems, (New Delhi: India International Centre), eds. K Satchidanandan & Kapila Vatsyayan [forthcoming]

2010 A Pocketful of Wry: Indian Poets Also Laugh (Penguin), eds. Arundhati Subramaniam & Jerry Pinto [forthcoming]

2010 Thirteen Young Indian Poets in English (Kathmandu: Pratik/New Delhi: Nirala), ed. Jayanta Mahapatra & Yuyutsu Sharma [forthcoming]

2010 Seven Indian English Poets in Hindi Translation, ed. & trans. Savita Singh [forthcoming]

2009 Borders (Pune: Open Space | CCDS) ed. Priya Sarukkai Chabria

2009 Leela — An Erotic Play of Verse and Art (Collins), ed. Alka Pande

2009 The Literary Review Indian Poetry Anthology, ed. Sudeep Sen (TLR/Fairleigh Dickinson University)

2008 Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond (New York/London: W.W.Norton) eds. Tina Chang, Nathalie Handel & Ravi Shankar | Foreword by Carolyn Forche

2008 Writing Across Borders (writers.ink) ed. Niaz Zaman

2008 Of Rickshaws and Rickshawallahs (University Press Ltd) ed. Niaz Zaman

2008 Here and Now: Contemporary Poetry of Delhi (New Delhi: Delhi Poetree)

2007 New Writing 15 (London: Granta & British Council) eds. Bernardine Evaristo & Maggie Gee

2007 Findings on Ice (Amsterdam & Baden: Lars Muller Publishers) eds. Astrid van Baalen & Hester Aardse

2007 I Indialand (Torsby, Sweden: Heidruns Forlag) ed. Bengt Berg

2007 Best of Gallerie 1997-2007 (Mumbai: Gallerie) ed. Bina Sarkar Ellias

2007 50 Poets 50 Poems (Pune: Open Space | CCDS) ed. Priya Sarukkai Chabria

2006 All Poetry is Protest (Pune: Open Space | CCDS) ed. Priya Sarukkai Chabria

2006 Ninety-Nine Words (Orissa: Panchabati Publications) ed. Manu Dash

2005 Indian Love Poems (New York: Knopf / London: Everyman Library) ed. Meena Alexander

2005  Confronting Love: Contemporary Indian Love Poems (Penguin India) eds. Jerry Pinto & Arundhati Subramaniam

2005 Masala (London: Macmillan) ed. Debjani Chatterjee

2003 Midnight’s Grandchildren: Contemporary English Poetry from India ([in Macedonian] SPE, Macedonia) ed. S Sen

2003 Gods, Mongrels & Demons (London: Bloomsbury) ed. Angus Calder

2002 Home & Away: Diaspora Voices (London: Index for Censorship) ed. Ursula Owen & Stephen Watts

2002 From Briarwood to Barishal to Bangladesh (London Arts UK) ed Sanchita Islam

2002 Poems & Sources (USA: Fairleigh Dickinson University) ed Thomas Kennedy & Walter Cummins

2001 Post Independence Voices in South Asian Writings (Doaba, New Delhi) eds. Malashri Lal, Alamgir Hashmi & Victor Ramraj

2000 The Redbeck Anthology of South Asian Poetry (Redbeck UK) ed. Debjani Chatterjee

2000 Edinburgh: An Intimate City (Edinburgh Council Scotland) eds B Fraser & E Greig

2000 Vilenica International Writers’ Anthology ([in Slovenian] Drustvo Slovenskih Pisateljev, Ljubljana) ed. Itzok Osojnik

2000 Institutionalizing English Studies: The Post-Colonial/Post-Independence Challenge (Toronto: Ariel) eds. Gauri Viswanathan & Victor Ramraj

1999 Now Read On: Multicultural Reader (Routledge London/New York) eds. John McRae & Edwin Vethamani

1999 Chai (Storey Books Vermont USA) ed. Diana Rosen

1998 Agenda Anthology of Poems Essays Translations (Agenda London) eds. Anita Money & William Cookson

1998 Post-Colonial Discourse in South Asia (Alif Cairo) ed. Ferial Ghazoul & Stephen Alter

1998 Poeti Indiani Del Novecento [di lingua inglese] ([in Italian] Supernova Venice) ed. Shaul Bassi

1998 Songs [Poems] of Partition (Index for Censorship, London) ed. Ursula Owen & Judith Hall Vidal

1998 Ariel 50th Anniversay of India & Pakistan’s Independence (Toronto) eds. Malashri Lal, Alamgir Hashmi & Victor Ramraj

1997 India 1997 With Affection (London Magazine UK) ed Alan Ross

1997 Fifty Years of Independence: Poetry from the India Sub-Continent (Acumen UK) ed. Patricia Oxley

1996 Lines Review Twelve Modern Young Indian Poets (Lines Review, Edinburgh) ed. Tessa Ransford / guest ed. S Sen

1996 Vox: New Indian Fiction (Sterling Bombay) ed. Jeet Thayil

1995 Wasafiri Contemporary Writing from India, South Asia & The Diaspora (Wasafiri/ QMW College, University of London) ed. Susheila Nasta / guest ed. Sudeep Sen

1995 The English Review Contemporary Poets 12 (Oxford University/Philip Allan Publishers) eds. John Carey & Cicely Havely

[19??] Work (Katabasis London) ed. Dinah Livingstone

[19??]  Home (Katabasis London) ed. Kathleen McPhilemy

1993 An Anthology of New Indian English Poetry (Rupa New Delhi) ed. Makarand Paranjape

1992  Barnet Poetry Anthology (Barnet Council London) eds. Dannie Abse, Katherine Gallaghar, Debjani Chatterjee

1.7 Important anthologies & publications featuring poetry translations by Sudeep Sen

The translations that appear in the two books Aria and In Another Tongue were first featured in: Agenda, Atlas, Best of Gallerie 1997-2007, Daily Star, Gallerie International, Modern Poetry in Translation, Molossus, New Internationalist, New Quest, Independent, Poetry International Web, Rotterdam PIW Chapbook, Shine Magazine, Six Seasons Review, SPE Editions, and broadcast on bbc, air, among others. They also appeared as free-standing books, chapbooks, broadsheets, posters, postcards; or have been featured (or are forthcoming) in important anthologies:

2010 The Essential Tagore, eds. Fakrul Alam and Radha Chakravarty (Santiniketan: Visva-Bharati & Cambridge: Harvard University Press);

2010 Interior Decoration: Poems by Women from 10 Indian Languages, eds. Ritu Menon, Vasanth Kannabiran, Ammu Joseph, and Volga (New Delhi: Women’s World India & Women Unlimited);

2010 River Sutra: An Anthology of Indian River Poems, eds. K Satchidanandan & Kapila Vatsyayan (New Delhi: India International Centre);

2009 Fire in the Soul: 100 Poems for Human Rights, ed. Dinyar Godrej (Oxford: New Internationalist & London: Amnesty International);

2009 Poetry International festival chapbook by Mangalesh Dabral (Rotterdam: Poetry International);

Banalata Sen by Jibanananda Das (London: Aark Arts);

Diptych by Gulzar (London: Aark Arts);

Selected Poems by Anamika (forthcoming);

Love Poems by Shamsur Rahman (London: Aark Arts);

Spellbound & Other Poems by Fazal Shahabuddin (London: Aark Arts);

Love & Other Poems by Aminur Rahman (London: Aark Arts);

Selected Poems by Zoran Anchevski (electronic edition by Shine Magazine);

Strategy of Defeat: Selected Poems 1984-2000 by Zoran Anchevski (Skopje: Jugoreklam);

Anthology of Macedonian P.E.N. Poets, ed. Zoran Anchevski (Skopje: Macedonian P.E.N. Centre & Blesok);

Parabolas and Capriccios: Selected Poems by Petko Dabeski (Struga Poetry Evening Editions);

Poetry International Web online [http://india.poetryinternationalweb.org/piw_cms/cms/cms_module/index.php?obj_id=14009];

Blue Nude: Poems & Translations 1980-2010 by Sudeep Sen (forthcoming).

I.8 Films by Sudeep Sen

Directed and co-directed several short films and documentaries, some include: Rhythm, White Shoe Story, Woman of a Thousand Fires, Babylon is Dying: Diary of Third Street (which won a student Emmy Award nomination), Flying Home among others.

I.9 Stage Show/Theatre/Radio Play/Film by Sudeep Sen

Mount Vesuvius in Eight Frames ([radio play] BBC Radio UK/ Poetry by Sudeep Sen / Produced by Salim Tahir / Music by David Sylvian / Cast: Martha Kapos, Stephen Watts & S Sen)

Vesuvius ([stage play] Nehru Centre of the Indian High Commission, London / Poetry by Sudeep Sen / Produced by Border Crossing / Directed by Michael Walling / Cast: Anjali Jayadev & M Walling)

BodyText ([stage play] Harrow Arts Council, UK / Written by by Sudeep Sen / Produced by Border Crossing / Directed by Michael Walling / Cast: Shreya Dave & M Walling)

Flying Home ([film] Produced by Border Crossing & Arts Council, UK/ Poetry by Sudeep Sen / Directed by Michael Walling / Photography by David Wheeler)

Midnight’s Grandchildren: Contemporary Indian Poetry in English ([stage show] Struga Poetry Evening (an international poetry festival), Macedonia / Directed by Sudeep Sen / Poetry read by Indian poets and Macedonian actors / Music by Macedonian ensemble)

Texture Tone Topography: Poetry & Jazz ([stage show] India International Centre, New Delhi / Poetry by Sudeep Sen / Cast: Tom Alter, Rajeev Raja, Sudeep Sen)

Rain ([stage show] National tour — (The British Council, Delhi), (The Times of India Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Bombay), Darpana Arts Academy/Natarani, Ahmedabad), & others in Calcutta, Madras, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune / Written by Sudeep Sen / Cast: Tom Alter & Sudeep Sen + musicians)

T3 & Woman ([stage show] The Attic, New Delhi / Poetry & Fiction by Sudeep Sen / Music by Srinibas, Dance by Moumita Ghosh, Dramatic Enactment by Averee Chaurey, Songs by Jayati Ghosh

J3: Jibanananda Jazz Jugalbandi ([stage show] IAS Officers Club, Hyderabad / Poetry by Sudeep Sen & Hoshang Merchant / Music by Charminar Jazz Collective

[Wo]man ([stage show] The India International Centre Experience: A Festival of the Arts (New Delhi) / Poetry & Fiction by Sudeep Sen / Vocals by Vidya Rao / Flute by Srinibas / Dance by Moumita Ghosh / Bengali reading by Averee Chaurey

III. Works/Books on Sudeep Sen

II.1 Selected books/monographs on Sudeep Sen

Sudeep Sen: The Writer, The Artist, His Practice Essays by William Radice, et el. (forthcoming)

Sudeep Sen: A Critical Study by Gautam Chakravarti (forthcoming)

Sudeep Sen: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook by Kwame Dawes (Sumter: University of South Carolina)

Introduction to Sudeep Sen’s Work in Postmarked India: New & Selected Poems by Kwame Dawes (HarperCollins)

Sudeep Sen: A Monograph by Philip Drury (work-in-progress)

A Critical Study of Sudeep Sen’s Poetry by Rama Nair (work-in-progress)

Selected Essays & Reviews on Sudeep Sen ed. Katarina Magdalena Dorn (work-in-progress)

The Art of Sudeep Sen ed. M Dolores Herrero (work-in-progress)

II.2 Some important reference/critical books featuring Sudeep Sen

2009 Poetry, Politics and Culture: Essays on Indian Texts and Contexts (Routledge: London/NewYork/New Delhi) by Akshaya Kumar

2009 Representations of a Culture in Indian English Poetry (Indian Institute of Advanced Studies) by Mita Biswas

2006 Silent Tongues: Writings in Contemporary Indian Poetry (New Delhi: AuthorsPress) by Rabindra K Swain

2004 The Oxford English Literary History [Vol 13, 1948-2000] (Oxford University Press: Oxford) ed. Bruce King

2004 Writing Across Worlds: Contemporary Writers Talk (Routledge: London/New York) ed. Susheila Nasta

200? Cambridge Guide to Literature in English (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge) ed. Dominic Head

200? Encyclopaedia of Post-Colonial Literatures (Routledge: London/New York) eds. Benson & Connolly

2003 Post-Colonial Studies: The Essential Glossary (Arnold: London) ed. John Thieme

2002 Routledge Companion to Black British Culture (Routledge: London/New York) ed. Allison Donnell

2000 Pears Cyclopaedia (Penguin: London/New York) ed Chris Cook

2001 Trends and Techniques in Contemporary Indian English Poetry (Prestige: New Delhi) ed. Rama Nair

2001 Indian English Literature 1980-2000 (Pencraft International: New Delhi) eds. M K Naik & Shyamala A Narayan

2000 Commonwealth & Post-Colonial Literatures (British Council: London) ed. John Thieme

1999 Now Read On: Multicultural Reader (Routledge, London/New York) eds. John McRae & Edwin Vethamani

1999 Who’s Who of Indian Writers (Sahitya Akademi: New Delhi) ed. K C Dutt

1998 Journal of Contemporary History (Sage) by Shyamala Narayan

II.3 Individual Reviews/Essays/Interviews

See entries and listings in Sudeep Sen: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook by Kwame Dawes (Sumter: University of South Carolina)

See entries and listings on Sudeep Sen’s and affiliated websites

See entries and listings on Google and other search engines


Fluent: English, Hindi, Bengali / Fair: Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati

Selected Web/Internet Links

Sudeep Sen Official Website


Atlas [magazine] & Aark Arts [publishers]

Atlas edited by Sudeep Sen


Royal Festival Hall Poetry Library Archive of Atlas


The Guardian review of Atlas 01


The Guardian review of Atlas 02


Sudeep Sen’s poetry

Heat by Sudeep Sen [E-Chapbook published by Web Del Sol]


Poetry International Web [Rotterdam, The Netherlands]


Poetry HyperText Project [London]


Poem Hunter


‘Talking Poetry’ Open Space


Drunken Boat USA [Issue 10 Spring 2009]


international exchange for poetic invention Sudeep Sen poetry


Aria review by Jenny Lewis on Molossus


Aria named as one of Outlook magazine ‘Best Books of the Year 2009’


The International Literary Quarterly


The Literary Review staff [Sudeep Sen Advisory Editor]


George Szirtes Website [The Guestbook 7: Sudeep Sen]


Eyewear edited by Todd Swift


‘Feminine Musk’ by Sudeep Sen in Nth Position


Sudeep Sen Cover Feature in Polish Magazine Rita Baum


Letters of Glass: Three poems by Sudeep Sen


Calabash Literary Festival Jamaica



Short Biography

Sudeep Sen [www.sudeepsen.net] read English Literature at the University of Delhi & as an Inlaks Scholar received an MS from the Journalism School at Columbia University (New York). His awards, fellowships & residencies include: Hawthornden Fellowship (UK), Pushcart Prize nomination (USA), BreadLoaf (USA), Pleiades (Macedonia), nlpvf Dutch Foundation for Literature (Amsterdam), Ledig House (New York), and Sanskriti (New Delhi). He was international writer-in-residence at the Scottish Poetry Library (Edinburgh) & visiting scholar at Harvard University. Sen’s dozen books include: Postmarked India: New & Selected Poems (HarperCollins), Distracted Geographies, Rain, Aria (A K Ramanujan Translation Award), and Blue Nude: Poems & Translations 1977-2012 (Jorge Zalamea International Poetry Award) is forthcoming. He has also edited several important anthologies, including: The HarperCollins Book of New English Poetry by Indians (forthcoming), The Literary Review Indian Poetry, Midnight’s Grandchildren: Post-Independence English Poetry from India, and others. His poems, translated into over twenty-five languages, have featured in international anthologies by Penguin, HarperCollins, Bloomsbury, Routledge, Norton, Knopf, Everyman, Random House, Macmillan, and Granta. His poetry and literary prose have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, Guardian, Observer, Independent, Financial Times, London Magazine, Literary Review, Harvard Review, Telegraph, Hindu, Outlook, India Today, and broadcast on bbc, cnn-ibn, ndtv & air. Sen’s recent work appears in New Writing 15 (Granta) and Language for a New Century (Norton). He is the editorial director of Aark Arts and editor of Atlas [www.atlasaarkarts.net].

Selected Comments/Reviews of Sudeep Sen’s Books

‘I read Rain with considerable admiration and pleasure. It is a word-perfect collection and its subject matter is both the measure of the rain and the spoken line’.

—Amit Chaudhuri in The Statesman ‘Best Book of the Year’

‘Sudeep Sen’s poems are a present which bring — like all true poetry — so much companionship’.

—John Berger, Booker Prize Winner and author of The Ways of Seeing (Penguin/BBC)

‘A wonderful poet’. 

— Yehuda Amichai, Selected Poems (Faber & Faber)

‘A highly sophisticated poet’.

— Kaifi Azmi, author of Selected Poems (Viking Penguin)

‘A gifted poet .... I think everyone who works in Indian literature in English should thank him for all he has done’. 

— Dom Moraes in Sunday Midday

Prayer Flag is an unique object of art that reveals two intrinsically linked artistic sides of Sen’s work and talent: words and images. Perfection of musicality, tone and cadence is tuned to produce the finest resonance… a gift to treasure from a master artist.

— Tom Alter in Biblio

‘A rich, fluent, cosmopolitan voice’. 

— Peter Bradshaw in London Evening Standard

‘Sen has emerged as a leading poet of the English language — has a painter’s eye when depicting a scene [commands] superb skill’. 

— Khushwant Singh in Sunday Observer

‘A poet of technical facility … has produced a large body of work’.

— Bruce King in The Oxford English Literary History (OUP)

‘Sen [has] extended the range of Indian verse in English to encompass a variety of alternative views of language, history and culture’. 

— Chris Cook ed., Pears Cyclopaedia (Penguin)

‘Sen is an eclectic poet whose understated work eschews fashionable trends, while exhibiting considerable technical virtuosity and versatility’.

— John Thieme in Cambridge Guide to Literature in English (Cambridge University Press)

‘Sen is amongst the finest younger English-language poets in the international literary scene. A distinct voice: carefully modulated and skilled, well measured and crafted’.

— Gregor Robertson on BBC Radio

‘I’ve enjoyed reading Distracted Geographies — the spare language gives importance and adds significance to each word. In fact, the words ripple in the surrounding silence, like stones dropped into a still pond. The poem moves forward in a restrained, contemplative manner (a relief from much contemporary histrionics), and draws the reader into its emotional landscape. I especially enjoyed the images and references drawn from the world of science — as Calvino said: the literature of the third millennium must engage with science if it is to remain relevant and vital’. 

— Tom Petsinis, author of The French Mathematician (Penguin)

‘From a wet Scottish morning to the lonely moment of self-discovery in a Gothic atmosphere symbolizing stillness, Distracted Geographies: An Archipelago of Intent captures all with the piercing precision of language, tonal lyricism, and unique scientific patterning of the book’s architecture. Visionary, sensual and transcendental — we have to thank Sudeep Sen for a truly remarkable book 

— a tour de force’. — The Independent

Selected Comments/Reviews on Sudeep Sen’s Translations in Aria

‘Sudeep Sen’s marvellous poetic career makes him the outstanding literary representative of his generation. The rich range and resonance of his work covers his poems, translations, editing, anthologizing, and discursive prose. An unerring poetic intelligence works here.’

— Dilip Chitre, Tukaram: Says Tuka (Penguin)

‘These elegant and precise translations from various languages are like tying up a bunch of subtle fragrances. Common concerns of humanity are expressed differently by each poet so one doesn’t feel a stranger among strangers.’ 

— Gulzar, Selected Poems (Viking Penguin)

‘Translation is a supremely hard task and often a thankless one. Sudeep Sen, a distinguished poet in his own right, accomplishes this task magnificently, translating as only a poet can, for to translate poetry, it should go without saying, one must be a poet of distinction.’

— Daniel Weissbort, founder-editor with Ted Hughes, Modern Poetry in Translation

‘For Bengali poetry to take its rightful place in the international world of letters, it needs an international translator. Who better than Sudeep Sen? Add to the Bengali the translations from Hindi, Urdu and many other languages from all four corners of the world, and you have a wondrous, intricate embroidery threads of many colours twisting and interweaving: a cloth that all nations can wear. Most impressive.’

William Radice, Rabindranath Tagore: Selected Poems (Penguin Modern Classics)

‘The work of translation is the work of comprehension, or rather the building up of a network of comprehensions. It enables people of different languages to share something that lies at the heart of human experience, which is the transformation of experience into language. Sudeep Sen has constructed a community of voices, a properly wide-ranging community, where true poems find proper echoes in the common cave of a new language a mammoth work and a real achievement.’

— George Szirtes, New & Collected Poems (Bloodaxe)

‘Prolific as a poet, ... and a dynamic presence on the literary scene ... [Sen has also done] vigourous work as translator.’ 

— Arundhati Subramaniam on Poetry International Web

‘In this superlative book of translations, Sen uses his gifts as a poet, linguist, cosmopolitan traveller and observer to conjure, in Coleridge’s phrase, the ‘best words in their best order’ .... A fine collection of poetry which takes the best from classical and modern traditions and integrates them into a stunning whole.’

— Jenny Lewis on Molossus

‘In this artfully put together anthology, Sen translates from many languages. Sen’s own translation of Jibanananda Das’s Banalata Sen is luminous enough to carry the entire book.’

— Arshia Sattar in Outlook ‘The Best Books of the Year 2009’

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