Tuesday, 14. February 2017 - 11:09 Uhr

CUCKOO IN CRISIS: Call for Poems



Contemporary Indian English Women's Poetry


Editors: Charu Sheel Singh & Binod Mishra


Marginalization of women has been a long cry. Women have been in crisis for a long time not only in undeveloped and developing countries; their position is no different in developed countries as well. The crisis owes its origin to the break from tradition, multiculturalism and high hopes and aspirations. In India there have been women of high intellectual caliber during the Upanishadic period. They also occupied a place of prominence in Smriti literature. However, their deterioration ran parallel to their development in the successive stages of Indian history. The magnitude of the crisis increased manifold after the decolonization of India from the Muslim and British rule. Poems reflecting this change insensibility, tenor, tone and idiom are invited by the editors with the aim of fulfilling this gap of representation in anthologies published on women's poetry so for. Poems translated from the regional languages into English are also welcome. It is important in this connection to address the Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Parsee women who must make it a point to make the anthology a success. Indian Diaspora living anywhere in the world is also invited to participate in this venture. The editors invite original, unpublished ten best poems (for selection) of their choice from women poets, along with details of their bio-data and publications. In order to ensure the quality of publication, contributing poets must see the editors’ earlier anthology entitled Exiled Among Natives, (Singh, Charu Sheel & Binod Mishra. eds. Exiled Among Natives: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry. New Delhi: Adhyayan Publishers & Distributors.  2013) which has been received well by readers and critics.


The contributors are expected to send their poems along with declaration of originality. Contributing poets must have at least one published collection to their credit.   A nominal amount will be charged from selected poets towards publication cost. The poems can be sent through e-mail attachment under the caption cfp for CC on mishra.binod@gmail.com. The time limit for submitting the poems is six months from the first publication of this notice. The anthology will be published by a reputed Indian publisher and the book will have ISBN.


About the Editors:


Charu Sheel Singh (b.1955...), a professor of English at Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi, is a poet a theorist and a critic of repute. He has to his credit around a dozen poetry collections like Tapascharnam (1981),Tapascharnam: Sukhdev Ki Pida ( 1987), Songs of Life and Death( 1989), The Indian Hero( 1993), Creation Cocktail ( 1997), Terracotta Flames( 2003), Kashi : A Mandala Poem (2007), Scriptures on Stone (2007), Etching on Edge (2007), Golden Chariots (2008), Legacies (2010), Born Across Millenniums(2013) and Ten Mahavidyas(2015), besides several volumes on criticism.  His critical works include The Chariot of Fire: A Study of William Blake in the Light of Hindu Thought (1981), Auguries of Evocation: British Poetry During and After the Movement (1987), Contemporary Literary Theory (1989), Literary Theory: Possibilities and Limits (1991). He has also edited various volumes on literary history and criticism. His major critical work Philosophical Hermeneutics (2009) was published in seven volumes. In 2008, he published five of his poetic collections under the title Collected Poems (1975- 2003). He has earned worldwide reputation for his book on William Blake.


Binod Mishra (b. 1966…,), an Associate Professor in the HSS department of IIT Roorkee has a good number of articles, poems and books to his credit. One of his books entitled Communication Skills for Engineers and Scientists (co-authored with Sangeeta Sharma) is being used as a text book in many professional institutes. His other books include:  Existential Concerns in the Novels of Mulk Raj Anand, Communicating at Work: Shifting Paradigms and Emerging Trends (ed.), Indian Writings in English ( ed.), Grammar in Use, Critical Responses to Feminism (ed.), Explorations in Australian Literature (ed.), Rainbow Redemption: New Bearings in Indian English Poetry (ed.), Inventing Ties & Bonds in English: Diasporic Literary Consciousness (ed.), Communication in a Globalized World: Let’s Speak Up (ed.), Silent Steps and Other Poems, Festivals of Fire: A Study of the Poetry of Niranjan Mohanty (ed.),Cabbages on the Bloom, Vol 1&II(ed.), Post-Colonial Pedagogical Issues: Strategies, theories and Practices in English Teaching, (ed.), Lotus Wine: Critical Responses to Indian Literatures in English, (ed.),   and Vital Issues in English Language Teaching, (ed.).  Serving his second term as an elected Editor-in-Chief of Indian Journal of English Studies, Dr. Mishra is also on the editorial board of various reputed journals. He has received awards such as AIMS International Distinguished Service Award (2008), & ‘Outstanding Editor of the Year’ (2009), given by AIMS International. International Poets Academy, Chennai, India conferred on him “Excellence in World Poetry Award 2010”. 


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Monday, 9. January 2017 - 14:50 Uhr

Premananda Panda

premananda-pandaPremananda Panda (1950-2015), an Indian author of Odia and English with a poetry collection in Odia— Sidi (meaning ladder, 2001) and a collection of English short stories— Across the Blue Horizons (ed. 2008); and editor of Replica (a popular magazine of English language and literature, started in 1997) breathed his last on 30th May 2015 due to severe heart attack at Sun Hospital, Cuttack, Odisha. A man of benign nature and helping attitude Mr Panda was born on 17th Feb 1950 at Parahat, a village in the District of Jagatsinghpur, Odisha. Late Baikuntha Panda was his father and Late Keluni Devi was his mother. He left two daughters— Mrs Prajna Panda and Mrs Priti Panda and one son— Malaya Manas Panda along with his courteous wife— Manjuprava Mishra. He did his M.A. in English in 1972 from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack. He started his career as a Lecturer in English at S.V.M College, Jagatsinghpur in 1976. After that he joined Salepur College as HOD- English in 1991, Kendrapada College as Reader in English in 2003 and Kishore Nagar College (Cuttack) as Principal in 2008 and worked there till his retirement in 2010. He was felicitated as a poet in World Poetry Day Celebration in Gangtok, capital of Sikkim State, India from Government of Sikkim in the year of 2006. Besides ‘Radha Krishnan Gold Medal Award’ (given posthumously) on the occasion of Teachers Day dated 5th September 2016 from Global Economic Progress & Research Association, Chennai, Tamilnadu, he was also conferred with ‘Sahakar Award’(Cuttack, 1999), ‘Kalinga Sahitya Academy Samman’(Salepur, 2001), ‘Kendrapada Sahitya Sansad Samman’(Kendrapada, 2002), ‘Jagatsinghpur Sahitya Sansad Samman’(Jagatsinghpur, 2005), ‘Loving Sisters Award’ (Jagatsinghpur, 2002), ‘Guru Gaurav Samman’ (Cuttak, 2007), etc. from different literary and socio-cultural organizations of Indian territory. After retirement, he was preparing a poetry collection in English— a big dream of his life, which may come true in near future. 




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Friday, 6. January 2017 - 15:31 Uhr

Zafar Khan

zafar-khanProf. Zafar Khan taught ESL and Linguistics in Indian and Nigerian universities. He is the Ex-Principal of Austin Peace Academy, TX USA. In 1982, he participated in a BBC Seminar on ‘Contemporary Grammar of English`, chaired by Prof. Randolph Quirk, Vice-chancellor of London University, gave a talk on All India Radio, Bombay on `Educational Trends in the Modern World.` He was interviewed by several TV channels as an ELT expert. Mr. Khan is author of books titled, ‘Thirty-Steps to Fluent Spoken English’, and ‘A New Companion to the Study of English Language and Literature.’ He can be contacted at zafar_khan1us@yahoo.com.




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Friday, 6. January 2017 - 15:26 Uhr

Susheel Kumar Sharma

sushil-k-sharmaDr Susheel Kumar Sharma (1962) has been serving the University of Allahabad as a Professor of English since 2003. He has published four books, thirty-five research papers, five interviews and twenty-eight book-reviews. A collection of more than thirty reviews of his first poetry book, ‘From the Core Within’ (1999, ISBN: 81-85231- 27-3) has been published under the title Bricks and Bouquets (Ed. Sanjeev Kumar, New Delhi: Creative Books, 2008). Prof Sharma’s second collection of poems ‘The Door is Half Open’ (New Delhi: Adhyayan, 2012) has been received very well. Some of his poems have been translated into Assamese, French, Hindi, Lithuanian, Serbian and Turkish languages. Prof. Sharma lives with his family at Vishrut, 5 MIG, Govindpur, Near Uptron Crossing, Allahabad – 211 004, India. He can be contacted through e-mail: susheelsharma.avap@gmail.com.




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Friday, 6. January 2017 - 15:23 Uhr

Rajiv Khandelwal

rajiv-khandelwalRajiv Khandelwal (1957) has published three volumes of Poetry – ‘Conch Shells and Cowries’ (1998), ‘Love is a Lot of Work’ and ‘A Monument to Pigeons’ (2013). He has co-produced a documentary film titled ‘Visit India, Discover Agra.’ He resides at 223- Pandit Motilal Nehru Road, Agra - 282 004; and can also be contacted through email: rajivk92@gmail.com.




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