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
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.