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
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.