The International Poetry Journal in Bengali and English

Issue 38
Oct-Dec '07





Aeronwy Thomas was born in London and brought up in Laugharne, S. Wales. She is the daughter of the great English poet Dylan Thomas and the President of the Dylan Thomas Society. Her Forthcoming publications are: Burning Bridges (Cross-Cultural Communications, New York) and Exhibition Catalogue, Colori delle Parole (Rotaract, Turin).

Ahana Biswas is a well known poet and novelist from the West Bengal, India. She recently finished her PhD and working as a college profession.

Charles Fishman was nominated for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. He is the author of seven books including 5,000 Bells published by CCC.

Ekok Soubir previously contributed his art work to Shabdaguchha and designed two book covers. Master Soubir, 7, is a 3rd grader at NYC public school.

Evelyn Panofsky, poet and translator, studied at Chicago and now teaches in Switzerland.

Hassanal Abdullah, a Bangladeshi-American poet, is the editor of Shabdaguchha and the author of 13 books including an epic, on the Universe and life in it, recently published from Dhaka. He introduced a new form of Sonnets with seven-line stanzas and abcdabc efgdefg rhyming scheme. He works for the NYC Department of Education as a High School math teacher.

Jessica Cohen is a freelance translator based in New York. Born in England and raised in Jerusalem, she translates contemporary Israeli fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, as well as commercial material from and into Hebrew. Her published translations include award-winning works by David Grossman, Amir Gutfreund, and Tom Segev.

Kalikrishna Guha is a Bengali poet and critic. Recently his Selected Poems was published from West Bengal, India, which was translated into English by Gobindachandra Ghosh.

Maria Terrone is the Assistant Vice President for Communications, Office of Communications at Queens College. Her second book of poetry, A Secret Room in Fall, won the 2005 McGovern Prize from Ashland Poetry Press and was published in December 2006. Terrone’s work, which has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, has appeared in such magazines as Poetry, The Hudson Review, Crab Orchard Review, Margie, Rhino, Rattapallax, Notre Dame Review, Atlanta Review and Poetry International.

Minakshi Datta edited a number of anthologies of fiction and poetry. She grew up Kolkata and lived in New York, where she worked for the NYC Dept of Education, and New Jersey. She also wrote a novel, Tushar Kusum, in Bengali.

Naznin Seamon is a student of English Literature at Queens College. Her first book of poetry, Adigonta Bistirnoter Dhala (Hollowness in the Horizon), published in February, 2000. Her second book, a collection of short stories, is scheduled to publish in February 2007 from Dhaka by Anyna.

Orna Rav-Hon is an Israeli poet who won the President’s Prize the for her book, Touch of Stars. As a member of the Executive Committee of the Hebrew Writers Association in Israel, she practices Kabbalah and regards her poetry as a means of bringing people closer together.

Peter Thabit Jones, born Swansea, Wales. Author of seven books of poetry and one prose book. Published in many anthologies and teachers' resources from publishers, such as Penguin, Oxford University Press, and British Council Moscow. Work broadcast on British and American television. His poem “Kilvey Hill,” incorporated into a permanent stained-glass window in a new school built in Swansea in 2007.

Prabir Das is the author of 12 books of poetry and the editor of Ajker Kobita. He received Shabdaguchha Poetry Award 2005 for his outstanding poetry contribution.

Rahman Henry is a poet and critic works for the Bangladeshi Government as a TNO. He is the author of 5 books of poetry.

Robert Dunn edited the Medicinal Purposes Literary Review for many years, and now is the editor of Asbestos. He runs Poet to Poet, a poets organization based in New York. Mr. Dunn is the author of six books of poetry.

Sajal Dey is the poet and activist lives in Santinikatan, India. His recent book of poetry, Mon kharapguli, published by Amritolok.

Sibnarayan Ray, poet, scholar, critic, former Professor at Bombay and Melbourne Universities, visiting associate Professor, University of California at Santa Barbara, Research Fellow at London, Frankfurt and Chicago, and the author of over fifty books in both Bengali and English. He has been translated into French, German, Spanish, Hindi and Talagu. Prof. Ray, 87, lives in Santinikatan, India.

Stanley H. Barkan is the editor/publisher of the Cross-Cultural Review Series of World Literature. He published more than 350 books of poetry from 53 languages. In 1976 and 1978, he represented the United States at the Struga Poetry Evening in Macedonia, and in 1987, he was one of the American editors invited at the Jerusalem International Book Fair. He is the author of six books of poetry and has been translated into 25 languages.

Wayne Turner studied at London and now a teacher in Africa.

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