Achievements & Distinctions


                i. featured author — international & national


Achievements & Distinctions


Featured Author: International & National

Represented India (as an invited author/reader/speaker) at innumerable international and national festivals, conferences, and seminars. Invitations ranged from national governments, international organizations & festivals, universities, research institutes, museums, bookshops, galleries, art cafes & bars, among others. Some highlights include — Edinburgh Book Festival, Scottish Poetry Library, Netherbow Theatre, Amnesty International Festival (all Scotland), Royal Festival Hall London, London Word Festival, O2 Wireless Festival / The London Magazine Literary Festival in Hyde Park, Brighton International Poetry Festival, Commonwealth Writers Festival Cambridge, Raiding the Inarticulate Oxford, Broomhill Literary Festival Devon, Morden Tower Newcastle, Arvon Foundation (all UK), Poetry Ireland|Writers’ Museum Dublin, National Library Dublin,

Cuisle International Poetry Festival Limerick, Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry of Queens University Belfast (all Ireland), World Writers Festival (Paris), Calabash 10th Anniversary Festival (Jamaica), Amsterdam Literary Festival, Open Stanza, Salon de Mots, University of Amsterdam, Maastricht Poetry Nights (all The Netherlands), Tranquebar Bookshop Copenhagen & Aarhus University (both Denmark), Lahti International Writers Reunion (Finland), Jerusalem International Poetry Festival, Sha’ar International Poetry Festival, Tel Aviv (both Israel), Struga Poetry Evenings (Macedonia), Villenica Writers Festival, Vilenica; International Publishers Meet, Dane (Slovenia), Prague International Poetry Festival (Czech Republic), Medellin International Poetry Festival (Colombia), Yalova Poetry Nights (Turkey), Sisarang International Poetry School (South Korea), Granada International Poetry Festival (Nicaragua), Yinchuan International Festival (China), Nobel Laureate Week Festival (St Lucia), Athens World Poetry Festival (Greece), Jaipur Literature Festival, Neemrana Fort Palace (Rajasthan), The Times of India Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Bangalore Literary Festival, Shillong CALM Festival, New Indian Express Odisha Literary Festival (Bhubaneshwar), Times of India Teflas Literary Festival, New Indian Express Literature Festival (Bhubaneshwar), Kritya International Poetry Festival, Prakriti Poetry Festival (Chennai), Kritya Poetry Festival (Wardha), Kovalam Literary Festival, National Centre for Performing Arts, Prithvi Theatre, P.E.N. Centre, Crossword Bookshop, Chauraha, Loquations; Tata Mumbai Literature Live Festival (all Bombay), Second Neemrana International Literary Festival (Delhi & Rajasthan), Kovalam Literary Festival (New Delhi & Kerala), India International Centre Festival of the Arts (Delhi), Katha Utsav International, India Habitat Centre (Delhi), Delhi International Arts Festival, IIC-Atlas Literary MiniFest, Sanskriti Kendra, Sahitya Akademi (Delhi & Calcutta), British Council (Delhi, Bombay, Ahmedabad, Dhaka), Siri Fort Auditorium (Delhi), Attic (Delhi), Cervantes Institute (Delhi), ICCR Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Conclave Club (both Calcutta), Amethyst (Chennai), Darpana Dance Academy / Natarani Theatre, British Library (Ahmedabad), IAS Officers Club, Saptaparni Arts Centre (all Hyderabad), Writers & Readers Festival, Kala Academy, Literatti Bookshop & Hotel Cidade de Goa (all Goa), the universities of Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, Yale, Berkeley, Pennsylvania, Rutgers, South & North Carolina, Virginia, UC Santa Barbara, Texas (all USA), Oxford, Cambridge, London, York, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews, Belfast (all UK), Paris, Nice (France), Humbolt, Free, Konstanz (Germany), Barcelona, Oviedo, Zaragoza, Jaca (Spain), Kelaniya, Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Tribhuvan (Nepal), Delhi, Calcutta, Bombay, Hyderabad, Osmania, IIT, JNU (India), among many others.


Honours, Awards, Scholarships & Fellowships


2019: Jury / Judge for the Jaipur Literature Festival ‘K L Sethia Award for Poetry’ | Winner: Salma Rajathi | Jury: Sudeep Sen, Sukrita Paul Kumar & Namita Gokhale.

2018: Distinguished Alumni Award "for singular contribution & achievements in the field of literature" (Hindu College, University of Delhi)

2018: Jury / Judge for the Jaipur Literature Festival ‘K L Sethia Award for Poetry’ | Winner: Surjit Patar | Jury: Sudeep Sen, Sukrita Paul Kumar & Namita Gokhale.

2017: Nominator / Judge, $165,000 Windham Cambell Prize (Yale University)

2017: Jury / Judge for the Jaipur Literature Festival ‘K L Sethia Award for Poetry’ | Winner: Jayanta Mahapatra | Jury: Sudeep Sen, Sukrita Paul Kumar & Namita Gokhale.

2016: ‘In Vino Veritas Wine Poem Contest 1st Runner-Up Prize Winner, Struga Poetry Festival.

2013: Nobel Laureate Festival invited author — the first Indian, and the only one thus far from the Asian, Australasian-Pacific, African, South American region, to be chosen for the honour. Presented the Derek Walcott Lecture + read from the new book, Fractals: New & Selected Poems|Translations 1978-2013, launched by the Nobel laureate in St Lucia, West Indies.

2013: Awarded the Government of India Ministry of Culture Senior Fellowship for ‘Outstanding Persons in Culture/Literature’

2012/13: Pushcart Prize nomination for ‘Choice’ (poem) that appeared in the Prairie Schooner (USA)

2012: ‘The Bookwallah’ Travelling Residency | AsiaLink & University of Melbourne

2012: Joint Runners-Up Prize Winner |Stanza Poetry Competition, Poetry Society (UK)

2012: Lalitha Subbu Memorial Lecture / Chief Guest Hindu College Literary Festival

2011: International Writer-in-Residence, Shanghai Writers Association (China)

2010: Judge|Jury Member (with the UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy & Elaine Feinstein) 10th Arvon Foundation International Poetry Competition (London). [First non-UK international invited judge]

2010: Invited International Poet reading with Ciaran Carson, Sinead Morrissey & Leontia Flynn at Summer School Evening Poetry & Music (The Seamus Heaney Centre at Queens University in Belfast, Ireland).

2010: International Writer-in-Residence, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Ireland)

2010: Wolfsberg UBS Artist-in-Residence Fellowship | Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia (Switzerland).

2010: Sanskriti Foundation Writers Fellowship (New Delhi).

2009: Jorge Zalamea Poetry Award (presented by the Colombian Government of South America & the Embassy of Colombia in New Delhi). Blue Nude, an unpublished book-length work-in-progress, won it in an open international competition that attracted entries worldwide.

2009: A K Ramanujan Translation Award for Aria (a book of translations of modern South Asian and World Poetry).

2009: Jury Member, Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize (India) — jointly administered by the S R Trust and the University of Hyderabad’s Department of English, in partnership with The Hindu newspaper group.

2009: Jury/Editorial Board Member, Katha Poetry E-Book series.

2008: Ledig House International Writer’s Fellowship (New York).

2007: nlpvf Dutch Foundation for Literature international ‘writer-in-residence’ fellowship (Amsterdam).

2007: Kathak Literary Award ­|Kathak Sahitya Puroshkar — for outstanding contribution to Bangladesh’s Literature (Dhaka).

2005: Judge|Jury Member (with Jayanta Mahapatra & Anita Nair), Dom Moraes Poetry Prize (India) — administered by Monsoon Editions (Yeti Books).

2004: Awarded the ‘Pleiades Honour’ at the world’s oldest poetry festival in Struga, Macedonia. As the Pleiades title suggests, seven internationally “famous poets” who have made “significant contribution to modern world poetry” are chosen to receive this prestigious honour — the other six on that year’s list included the Nobel prize nominated Chinese poet Bei Dao, Herder European Award winning Romanian poet Ana Blandiana, the Irish poet John F Deane, Arturo Korkuera from Peru, Al Janabi from Iraq, and Philip Johns from Belgium.

1997-98: Hawthornden Fellowship (UK) for poems included in Postmarked India: New & Selected Poems (HarperCollins).

1996 Faber & Faber Poetry Grant from the Arvon Foundation (UK).

1991-93: National Award Winner at the British Council Poetry Society of India ‘All India Poetry Competition’ on a couple of occasions.

1991: Poetry Circle (Bombay) National Poetry Competition Prize Winner.

1989: Inlaks Scholarship (India), India Abroad Fellowship, Dupont Broadcast Journalism Award, and Columbia University Graduate Scholarship (all New York) to pursue an MS in Journalism at Columbia University, New York.

1988: Bread Loaf Writers Scholarship, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Middlebury College, Vermont, USA.

1988: Graduate School Scholarship to pursue M.A. in English & Writing, Hollins University, Virginia.

1987: International Scholarship & Vereen Bell Prize for Creative Writing, Davidson College (USA).

1986: Gurukul Scholarship from SPIC-MACAY (Kalakshetra, Madras).

1986: Jagmohan Pably Prize for best all-round student, Hindu College, University of Delhi

1986: B N Raina Scholarship for academic excellence, Hindu College, University of Delhi

Sudeep Sen’s work as prescribed text/ or used in university courses

Many universities and colleges around the world have taught or currently teach my work at the undergraduate or graduate level literature and cultural studies courses. Additionally, several students pursuing their research degrees based on his work.


Membership of Academic / Research / Professional Organisations


Member, India International Centre (New Delhi)

Member, India Habitat Centre (New Delhi)

Life Member, Poetry Society of India (New Delhi)

Life Member, Poetry Society (London)

Member, Royal Society of Literature (London)

Member, Poetry Book Society (London)

Member, CLMP: Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (New York)

Member, Plimpton Circle, Paris Review (New York)