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Part of: Poetry Translation Workshops Summer 2019 Season Translate Urdu poetry by Kishwar Naheed

Poetry Translation Centre

Kishwar Naheed is one of the best known feminist poets of Pakistan. Born in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, India in 1940, she had to fight to receive an education at a time when women did not go to school. Her first collection of poetry, Lab-i goya, published in 1968, won the prestigious Adamjee Prize of Literature. Her poetry has been translated into English and Spanish and her famous poem 'We Sinful Women' gave its title to a groundbreaking anthology of contemporary Urdu feminist poetry translated and edited by Rukhsana Ahmad published in London by The Women's Press in 1991.

Sascha Aurora Akhtar originates from Pakistan and was educated there and in the USA. Her debut poetry collection, The Grimoire of Grimalkin, was published in 2007 and greeted as “a contemporary masterpiece”, with the British newspaper The Guardian naming Akhtar one of the top twelve poets to watch. About her own work, she says: "As a child, I was obsessed with language. I read dictionaries for fun and loved to record myself on my uncle's 'dictaphone,' reading out poetry. The poetry available to me was what I now call the 'Dead White Man' phenomenon in poetry.

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