K. Satchidanandan is perhaps the most translated of the contemporary Indian poets, with 31 poetry collections translated into 19 languages including Chinese, English, Irish, Arabic, French, German and Italian, besides all the major Indian languages like Tamil, Kannada, Assamese, Odiya, Bengali and Hindi. His seven books in English translation include While I Write: New and Selected Poems (Harper-Collins, 2011), Misplaced Objects and Other Poems ( Sahitya Akademi, Delhi, 2013), The Missing Rib ( 2016 ) and Not Only the Oceans 2018) (Poetrywala, Bombay) . His collected poems in the Malayalam origina (1965-2015) in one volume (DC Books, Kottayam, Kerala) and collected translations of poetry in four volumes (Mathrubhumi Books, Calicut, Kerala) came out in 2016. His selected essays in six theme-based volumes are being brought out by Mathrubhumi Books. Satchidanandan writes poetry in Malayalam, the Indian language of Kerala, and prose in both Malayalam and English and has 24 collections of poetry besides many selections and chronological collections, four books of travel, a full length play and a collection of one-act plays, and many collections of critical essays including five books originally written in English on Indian literature. He was a Professor of English in Kerala , Director of Translation Studies Dept at IGNOU, Secretary, Sahitya Akademi and National Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.

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