Sonnet Mondal. photograph by John Minihan (2017).
Sonnet Mondal is an Indian English poet, editor and literary curator. His latest collection of poems, Ink and Line, was released in 2014. Sonnet has read at literary festivals in Macedonia, Ireland, Turkey, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, Hungary, Germany, Slovakia, and in many festivals throughout India. He received the 2016 Gayatri Gamarsh Memorial award for literary excellence for an Indian English author whose work has appeared in major North American publications. Sonnet was one of the authors of Silk Routes project from the International Writing Program at University of Iowa from 2014 to 2016. He is one of the current directors of Odisha Art & Literature Festival, an editor of the Indian section of Lyrikline Poetry Archive (Haus für Poesie), and the series editor of The Enchanting Verses Literary Review. He was a guest editor of Poetry at Sangam, India in 2017. His poems have appeared in Kyoto journal, Irish Examiner, the World Literature Today, the Mcneese Review, Blesok, Palestine Chronicle, Drunken Boat, Indian Literature, Asia Literary Review, Fieldstone Review, and Two Thirds North. He was featured as one of the Famous Five of Bengali youths in the India Today magazine in 2010, and the Culture Trip magazine, London listed him as one of the top five literary entrepreneurs of Indian poetry in March 2015. On 15th August 2015, his literary endeavours were featured in the Kuwait Times– Indian Special edition. Sonnet has featured several times in the Bulletin of Ministry of External Affairs, Macedonia for contributing to international cultural exchange with Macedonia since 2011 through The Enchanting Verses Literary Review. Sonnet’s poems were translated into Slovenian by Barbara Pogacnik and broadcast on the Literary Nokturno program of the Public Radio & Television of Slovenia in 2016. His poems, translated into Hungarian by Lanczkor Gábor, were published in SZIF magazine in 2018. He read at the International Uskudar Poetry Festival in 2015 and International Young Poets’ Meet in 2016, both sponsored by the Government of Turkey. Sonnet led an Indian cultural delegation to the Ars Poetica International Festival, Slovakia in November 2016 and read at the 2017 Cork International Poetry Festival, Ireland. He is currently a Writer in Residence at the Sierra Nevada College as part of their MFA in Creative Writing. Sonnet represented India at the 10th anniversary of the International Istanbul Poetry and Literature Festival. He conducted poetry workshops at the 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival, Sri Lanka in January and acts as a curator for Dutch poets travelling to India on behalf of The Dutch Foundation for Literature. His poetry has been translated into Hindi, Italian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Spanish, Portuguese, Slovakian, Turkish, Macedonian, Bengali, and Arabic.
Featured Writer Sonnet Mondal: Four Poems