K. Satchidanandan

K. Satchidanandan (b.1946) is a bilingual poet, critic, playwright, editor, fiction writer and travel writer. He has thirty collections of poetry in Malayalam, nine in English and thirty-three in other languages, including Arabic, Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese, besides all major Indian languages. He has won fifty-two literary awards, including the National Academy Award, Dante Medal from Italy, Tata Literature Live! Poet Laureate Award, five awards in five genres from the Kerala Sahitya Akademi, besides the topmost awards for poetry and overall literary contribution from Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Maharashtra. He has read his poetry and lectured at several festivals and book fairs in over thirty countries in six continents. His latest books of poetry in English include While I Write (HarperCollins), Misplaced Objects and Other Poems (Sahitya Akademi), The Missing Rib, Not Only the Oceans (Poetrywala), The Whispering Tree, No Borders for Me (Hawakal) and Singing in the Dark (ed. with Nishi Chawla; Penguin Random House). Positions, his selected essays on Indian literature, was published by Niyogi Books in 2020 and a collection of resistance writing, Words Matter, edited and introduced by him, came out from Penguin Random House in 2018. Satchidanandan lives with his family in Delhi. 

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