Goes to Naznin Seamon
Naznin Seamon, a poet of the 1990's and the author of one collection of poetry, has been announced as the recipient of the Shabdaguchha Poetry Award 2007 in postmodern Bengali Poetry. She will receive 200 dollars and a crest from Shabdaguchha, the international bilingual poetry quarterly. Shabdaguchha Press will also publish a book of her. This year, the three other nominees were Jahanara Parvin(Dhaka), Ahana Biswas(India) and Anisur Rahman Apu(New York).
Seamon is a significant voice of the Bengali poetry, living in New York since 1997 and pursuing her higher education in English literature at Queens College of the City University of New York. Her first book of short stories is scheduled to be published in February, 2008 from Dhaka by Ananya.
On the evening of the 37th Victory Day Anniversary of Bangladesh, 16th December, 2007, the award was announced by the poet and the editorial advisor of Shabdaguchha, Stanley H. Barkan. Along with the Victory Day celebration, the magazine also celebrated the 99th birthday of Buddhadeva Bose (1908-1974), a great modernist poet of Bengal, through poetry reading and literary discussion at the magazine's office, in Queens, New York, prior to the announcement of the award. Stanley H Barkan, Prof. Nicholas Birns, Bebe Barkan, Shah Fazle Rabbi, Hassanal Abdullah, Jahed Ahmed, Anisur Rahman Apu, Ekok Soubir and the recipient of the award, Naznin Seamon were the participants of the poetry reading and the literary discussion of the evening.