VoW 2019 - Speaker
RANJIT HOSKOTE: Brief bio for Valley of Words Literary Festival
(Dehra Dun, November 2019)
Ranjit Hoskote has been acclaimed as a leading Anglophone Indian poet as well as a seminal contributor to Indian art criticism. Hoskote’s most recent collection of poetry is Jonahwhale (Penguin/ Hamish Hamilton, 2018). His other volumes of poetry include The Sleepwalker’s Archive (Single File, 2001), Vanishing Acts: New & Selected Poems 1985-2005 (Penguin, 2006) and Central Time (Penguin/ Viking, 2014). His poems have appeared in German translation as Die Ankunft der Vögel (Carl Hanser Verlag, 2006) and Feldnotizen des Magiers (Editions Offenes Feld, 2015). Hoskote’s translation of the 14th-century Kashmiri mystic Lal Ded has been published as I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded (Penguin Classics, 2011). He is the editor of Dom Moraes: Selected Poems (Penguin Modern Classics, 2012), the first annotated critical edition of a major Anglophone Indian poet’s work.
Hoskote was a Fellow of the International Writing Program, University of Iowa, and has been writer-in-residence at Villa Waldberta, Munich; Theater der Welt, Essen-Mülheim; and the Polish Institute, Berlin. He has been researcher-in-residence at BAK/ basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht. Hoskote has been honoured with the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Award, the Sahitya Akademi Award for Translation, and the S H Raza Award for Literature. Hoskote was juror for international literature for the 2015-2017 fellowship cycle at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart. He co-curated the Kala Ghoda Festival’s Literature section from 2013 to 2017, and is Poetry Editor for DOMUS India. Hoskote curated India’s first-ever national pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2011) and co-curated the 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008).