Why Publishing Poetry is Important

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Publishing poetry at JBM
L-R: Ranjit Hoskote, Ashok Bajpeyi, Mindi Gill and Chris Agee and Naveen Kishore. Photo IPP

JLF and JBM are committed not only to translation and Indian languages but also to poetry. The session on the necessity of publishing poetry elicited a rather surprising comment by Ashok Bajpeyi that poetry books are selling more than ever in India. While the discussion devolved to the appropriation of poetry by people’s causes into songs and anthems, the interest in poetry and poets was borne out in the early morning session of the JLF that discussed the release of AK Ramanujan’s diaries. Notably present and involved in the discussion on the necessity of publishing poetry, was the young winner of the Queensland Premier’s Young Writers and Publishers Award and the Tom Collins Poetry Prize Mindy Gill.

Guillermo Rodriguez, Ranjit Hoskote and Krishna Ramanujan discuss the life and recently published diaries of AK Ramanujan at JLF
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Naresh Khanna
Editor of Indian Printer and Publisher since 1979 and Packaging South Asia since 2007. Trained as an offset printer and IBM 360 computer programmer. Active in the movement to implement Indian scripts for computer-aided typesetting. Worked as a consultant and trainer to the Indian print and newspaper industry. Visiting faculty of IDC at IIT Powai in the 1990s. Also founder of IPP Services, Training and Research and has worked as its principal industry researcher since 1999. Author of book: Miracle of Indian Democracy.

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