Nabin Kumar Chhetri
I graduated with a degree of M.St in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford. Prior to that, I graduated with an M.Litt in The Novel from the University of Aberdeen. This year my poetry book will be launched from The Red Mountain press (US). The book was awarded The 2015 Discovery Award from US. (News of the award in Oxford University’s Creative Writing Department’s Web.)
My poems have appeared in more than 60 national and international journals with a range of poems longlisted in Flarestack Poetry UK. In addition to that, The Aldeburgh Poetry Festival offered me a free placement in the first week of November.
I am a member of Scottish PEN and have contributed more than fifty articles in various newspapers and journals worldwide, including The New York Times, The Statesman (published as a cover story in India’s leading daily), The Kathmandu Post (Nepal’s leading daily), Sharnoffs global views, Eurasia Review, Nepal News etc. I live in Scotland with my wife and children.
About writer's work
* Received Aberdeen City Council Creative Funding 2016/17
* St. Peter’s Foundation Award – 2014 (University of Oxford)
* Shortlisted for the Oxonian Review poetry prize 2015 – Oxford
* Achieved distinction for the Poetry Portfolio (University of Oxford)
* Discovery Award from The Red Mountain Press 2016 (US)
* Shortlisted for the Charles Pick Fellowship for Prose (University of East Anglia)
* Won the Madder Than We Look - Write Minds competition (UK) - 2015
* Chapbook deal from Rufus Books Canada.
* A Pamphlet Submission long listed in Flarestack poets (UK).
* Represented the University of Oxford in the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival 2014
* Nosside International Poetry Award, Italy (2014)
* Nosside UNESCO Heritage Award (Italy 2011)
* Scored highest marks in the group for a Critical essay - The Translation of Nepali Poetry (University of Oxford)
Interview on the Literature Show (UK) conducted on the 7 June 2014, 6 pm.
MY CREATIVE WORKS APPEAR IN THE FOLLOWING JOURNALS:
Reunion: Dallas Review (US), Mused Literary Review (US), Wilderness House Review (US), Gutter (UK), Ink Sweat and Tears (UK), Apple Valley Review (Canada), London Grip (UK), Toasted Cheese Literary Journal (US), New Writing(Scotland), The Istanbul Review, Wayfarers (UK), Reverie (US), The Lamp(Canada), Madder Than We Look - Write Minds Anthology(UK), Nosside (Italy), Kyoto Journal (Japan), Ink Sweat and Tears (UK), Poetry Scotland (UK), Voices Israel, Irish Literary review (Ireland), S.N Review (US), Forge Journal (UK), Wayfarers (UK), Shot Glass Journal (US), Ricepaper Magazine (Canada), Penny Dreadful (USA), The Sun (India), Nosside Poetry Anthology 2010 (Italy), Quest (India), Spinny Babbler (Nepal), Mawaheb (Canada), Poetry Quarterly (China), Fade Poetry Journal (UK), Cynic magazine (US), Tower Journal (US), Poetic Justice - Amnesty International Anthology (Scotland), Featured Poet of the week in Poetry Super Highway(US), Taj Mahal Review (India), Revival (Ireland), Reverie Poetry Journal (US), Sixers Review (US), The Essence (UK), The Kathmandu Post (Nepal), Red Ochre Lit Journal (US), Nosside Poetry Anthology 2011 (Italy), Birds Eye Review (US), The Dupage Valley Review, Benedictine University’s Press (US) and Verse Wisconsin (US), Fade Annual anthology (UK), The American Asthetic (US) and Canon’s Mouth Poetry Journal (UK).
PUBLICATIONS: CONTRIBUTIONS TO ACADEMIC JOURNALS
Chhetri, Nabin Kumar., 2015. Translating Nepali Poetry. Translation Review 91.1 p16-27.
Websites featuring the authorA Poetry Collection entitled, “Bini” from The Red Mountain Press, Santa Fe, (US)Bini: Memories of a Forgotten CountryOxford University’s Creative Writing Department’s WebsiteReceiving the Nosside Poetry AwardRadio InterviewTranslating Nepali PoetryGutter Magazine
Current events and projects
I am available for workshops and readings all over Scotland. The major themes that I focus on are Homecoming, Home, Love, Nature, Loss, Nostalgia with concentration of poems about the Himalayas. I am available for workshops and readings in Schools, Hospitals and other places.
Praise for Bini- Memories of a Forgotten Country:
Memory are invoked equally with exact, clear-sighted detail and a rare meditative kind of charge. His poetry speaks of endurance - of the imagination and of feeling - as they contemplate the most shocking of human experiences as well as the most beautiful, the separations of distance and the long-lived associations of home………….– Jane Draycott, Senior Tutor, Master of Studies in Creative Writing, Oxford University
Bini is a remarkable and elemental work of corporeal power and lyricism. Firmly grounded in the terrain of several lands and the kinship of several cultures this poetry draws upon varying climes of the natural world and the perfect details of mortal humanity. The borders are not simply those of geography but of life and death, of sexual desire and emotional loss, as the radiant poetry presents us with a brilliantly detailed cosmos of beautiful moments removed from time and given permanence in an infinite spectrum and scale of metaphor. Grief, passion, resilence, all are fluently woven in these vivid lines and made more stable than the life where they originated: that is the triumph of Bini. This is the work of a true laureate…………... – Kevin McGrath, Harvard University
GRANTS AND FUNDING
Aberdeen City Council Creative Funding 2016/17 by Aberdeen City Council
- St. Peter’s Foundation Award – 2014 by Oxford University
HONOURS AND AWARDS
St. Peter's Foundation Award - 2014
Discovery Award 2016
Madder Than We Look - Write Minds Poetry Competition -2015
Nosside International Poetry Prize - 2011
Nosside International Poetry Prize - 2010
Bharatpur Municipality, Nepal
Awarded the St. Peter's Foundation Award from the University of Oxford - 2014
Honoured by The Red Mountain Press, Santa Fe, US for the new collection ‘Bini-Memories of a Forgotten Country’
Honoured by the Write Minds, Madder Than We Look Competition.(UK)
Awarded mention from the Nosside International poetry Prize (Italy) for the poem ‘Memory’
Awarded honorary mention from the Nosside International poetry Prize (Italy) for the poem ‘My Father’s House ’
Honored by the Bharatpur Municipality on the 24 February 1999 for the promotion of literary works.
Edizioni universm, Italy
Awarded the Diploma “Gran Premio d’autore ” from Edizioni Universum , Italy on the 23rd of February 2001 .
Miriam Felicia Lindberg Memorial Foundation, Israel
Awarded and honored by 1998 Miriam Lindberg Israel Poetry for Peace Prize on the 26 August 1998.