Diversify your MFA in Poetry Program with these 96 Indian English Poets

MFA in Poetry Program: 96 Indian English Poets

The US Universities offering MFA in Poetry got to be more inclusive. Here are 96 Indian English poets that deserve attention. The way Indian English poets know about poets outside the country, seldom do the poets outside India have enough awareness of poetry in India by poets writing in English.

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 because of my bias against those who have systematically defiled the Indian poetry community and continue to erase emerging poets with all their power and might.

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

MFA in Poetry Program: 96 Indian English Poets

January

Sharanya Mannivanan | Priya Sarukkai Chabria |  Ravi Shankar  | Harnidh KaurJagari Mukherjee | Jerry Pinto | Karthika Nair  | Srividya Sivakumar

February

Nandini DharRajiv MohabirMeena Kandaswamy | Shikha Malaviya | Sanjeev Sethi Aekta KhubchandniArundhathi Subramaniam | Imtiaz Dharker

March

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

April

Janice Pariat | Vivek Narayanan | Mustansir 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

Devashish MakhijaMani Rao | Menka Shivdasani | Nabina DasSmita SahayPreeti Vangani | K. Satchidanandan | Goirick Brahmachari

October

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

November

Aryanil Mukherjee | N Ravi Shanker (RaSh) Kazim Ali | Binu Karunakaran | Linda Ashok | Sumana RoyAakriti Kuntal | Raghavendra Madhu

December

Amit Shankar SahaSohini Basak |  Mrinalini Harchadrai | Shelly BhoilShamayita Sen Jayanta Mahapatra | Sufia Khatoon | Namrata Pathak

96 Indian English Poets

In the future, 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 few minutes so that you can name-drop the Indian English poets, sound more inclusive and scholarly, and quote their voices to make your MFA in Poetry a more diverse program.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Tapas Bandopadhyay

    I guess that’s a list of living Indian poets. Two, how about Vivek Narayanan?

    1. admin

      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.

  2. DR. BHAGYA CHANDRA RAJKUMAR

    Well organised.Encouraging. Wish to send poems.Details please.

  3. admin

    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.

  4. Rahul

    Why not include Amit Radha Krishna Nigam?
    He has three english poetry books, brilliant and new voice.

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