Abhay K, first Indian poet to record poems at the Library of Congress
Indian poet-diplomat Abhay K. became the first Indian poet invited to record his poems at the Library of Congress in Washington DC in the series “The Poet and the Poem” directed by poet Grace Cavalieri.
The prestigious series of readings recorded at the Library of Congress since 1997 has featured great American poets such as Robert Hass, Richard Blanco, Eavan Boland, Billy Collins, Rita Dove, Louise Glück, Donal Hall, Terance Hayes, Juan Felipe Herrera, Ted Kooser, Philip Levine, WS Merwin, Naomi Shihab Nye, Robert Pinsky, Charles Simic, Natasha Trethewey, Monica Youn, Tracey K. Smith among others.
During her visit to Washington DC, Abhay was also invited to read at the city’s iconic Busboys and Poets bookstore along with fellow poet diplomats Indran Amirthanayagnam and Simon Schuchat and co-poetry editor of Beltway Poetry Review Venus Thrash. at a poetry event titled ‘Poetry and Diplomacy’, co-sponsored by Beltway Poetry Review.
Abhay K. is the author of a memoir and seven collections of poems including The Seduction of Delhi (2014), The Eight-eyed Lord of Kathmandu (2017) and The Prophecy of Brasilia (2018). His poem-song “Earth Anthem” is translated into over thirty languages and has been performed by the National Theater Symphony Orchestra of Brasilia and was composed by the famous violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam and sung by Kavita Krishnamurti. His poems have been published in over sixty international literary journals, including Poetry Salzburg Review and Asia Literary Review. He received the 2013 SAARC Literary Award and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2013. He is also the editor of the poetry anthologies CAPITALS and 100 Great Indian Poems.
Born in 1980 in a small village in the Nalanda district of Bihar, India, Abhay began writing poetry in 2005 after arriving in the Russian capital Moscow and first published them on his blog. His first collection of poems Enigmatic Love was published in 2009.
Since then he has published seven collections of poems in all, the last of which is a collection of poems about the future capital of Brazil called The Prophecy of Brasilia.
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