Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih
KYNPHAM SING NONGKYNRIH writes poems, short fiction and drama in Khasi (the language of his tribe) and English. He has a total of 13 publications in Khasi and 10 in English. His collections of poetry in English include Moments, The Sieve (Writers Workshop), The Yearning of Seeds and Time’s Barter: Haiku and Senryu (HarperCollins). He is the author of Around the Hearth: Khasi Legends (Penguin) and the co-editor of Dancing Earth: An Anthology of Poetry from North-East India (Penguin).
His poetry has been widely published in national and international journals, including The New Welsh Review (Cardiff); Planet: The Welsh Internationalist (Aberystwyth, Wales); Karavan (Stockholm); PEN International (London); The Literary Review (New Jersey); Wasafiri (London); Modern Haiku (Lincoln, USA); Simply Haiku (Pasadena, USA); Poetry International Web (Rotterdam); and The Heron’s Nest (Nassau, USA).
His awards include the first Veer Shankar Shah-Raghunath Shah National Award for literature (Madhya Pradesh, 2008) and the first North-East Poetry Award (Tripura, 2004). He also received a Fellowship for Outstanding Artists from the Government of India (2000). He teaches literature in the Department of English, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, where he lives.