Rati Saxena

Rati Saxena
Rati Saxena is a poet, translator, and editor, as well as an academic scholar of Vedic and ancient literature. She has five collections of poetry in Hindi and four in English (translated and/or rewritten). She has translated fifteen books; mostly Malayalam into Hindi, and five poetry collections by international poets from English into Hindi. Her poetry is translated and published in book form into many languages, including English, Italian, Vietnamese, Spanish, Estonian, Serbian, Turkish, and Uzbek. She has participated in over 35 poetry festivals and has held three poetry residencies in Germany and China. One of her poems was also sent up in a space mission by Jaxa, Japan, along with 24 other poems. Saxena has also published two travelogues, a memoir (Everything Is Past Tense), and a critical volume on Balamanyaama’s poetry. Her recent important work, A Fist That Opens, discusses the uses of poetry therapy from ancient times to the present and into the future. She serves on the editorial boards of the Multilingual Journal of Literature and of Opto-Art ‘WürZarT.’ Her awards include a fellowship from the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (2004-05), the Sahitya Akademi Award for Translation (2000), the State Bank of Travancore Award for Poetry (2001), Naji Naaman’s Literary Prizes (International) for a complete work (2016), the DJS Translation Award for Chinese poetry (2018) and the Rajasthan Patrika prize for best poem (2020).

She is the founder and editor of the first bilingual web journal Kritya, which started in 2005, and is Founder and festival director of the Kritya Poetry Festival. She is also Asia head of World Poetry Movement.