We were very pleased to welcome Amit Dahiyabadshah as a guest poet in August. He was visiting from New Delhi, where he founded Delhi Poetree in 2000 – “arguably Asia’s most successful poetry mission hosting a reading a day for 10 years”.
Amit has made his living from poetry for 25 years. He writes every day and has featured in 20 collections and anthologies of poetry.
In 2005 he was designated Poet Laureate by the Senior Environment Corps, Center in the Park, G Town Philadelphia. His epic poem ‘The Last Will of the Tiger’ for NDTV was used to raise several million dollars to save the tiger. Later, the global rights to the poem were acquired by a media house for the highest sum ever paid for a single poem.
At this edition, we also paid tribute to writer and artist Susie Surtees, who died suddenly this month. Newly met, but much missed, here and in the broader community.