Recipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, Trubar Foundation, Slovenia, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature and The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature, Yuyutsu RD Sharma is a distinguished poet and translator.
He has published nine poetry collections including, A Blizzard in my Bones: New York Poems (Nirala, 2016), Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems, (Nirala, 2016), Milarepa’s Bones, 33 New Poems, (Nirala, 2012), Nepal Trilogy, Photographs and Poetry on Annapurna, Everest, Helambu & Langtang (www.Nepal-Trilogy.de, Epsilonmedia, Karlsruhe, 2010), a 900-page book with renowned German photographer, Andreas Stimm, Space Cake, Amsterdam, & Other Poems from Europe and America, (2009, Indian reprint 2014) and Annapurna Poems, 2008, Reprint, 2012, 2017). He has translated and edited several anthologies of contemporary Nepali poetry in English and launched a literary movement, Kathya Kayakalpa (Content Metamorphosis) in Nepali poetry.
Two books of his poetry, Poemes de l’ Himalayas (L’Harmattan, Paris) and Poemas de Los Himalayas (Cosmopoeticia, Cordoba, Spain) have appeared in French and Spanish respectively.
Widely traveled author, he has read his works at several prestigious places including Poetry Café, London, Seamus Heaney Center for Poetry, Belfast, New York University, New York, The Kring, Amsterdam, P.E.N, Paris, Knox College, Illinois, Whittier College, California, Baruch College, New York, WB Yeats’ Center, Sligo, Gustav Stressemann Institute, Bonn, Rubin Museum, New York, Cosmopoetica, Cordoba, Spain, Irish Writers’ Centre, Dublin, Columbia University, New York, The Guardian Newsroom, London, Trois Rivieres Poetry Festival, Quebec, Arnofini, Bristol, Borders, London, Slovenian Book Days, Ljubljana, Royal Society of Dramatic Arts, London, Gunter Grass House, Bremen, GTZ, Kathmandu, International Poetry Festival, Granada, Nicaragua, Nehru Center, London, March Hare, Newfoundland, Canada, Gannon University, Erie, Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt, Indian International Center, New Delhi, and Villa Serbelloni, Italy.
He has held workshop in creative writing and translation at Queen’s University, Belfast, University of Ottawa and South Asian Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany, University of California, Davis, Sacramento State University, California and New York University, New York.
His works have appeared in Poetry Review, Chanrdrabhaga, Sodobnost, Amsterdam Weekly, Indian Literature, Irish Pages, Delo, Modern Poetry in Translation, Exiled Ink, Iton77, Little Magazine, The Telegraph, Indian Express and Asiaweek.
The Library of Congress has nominated his book of Nepali translations entitled Roaring Recitals; Five Nepali Poets as Best Book of the Year 2001 from Asia under the Program, A World of Books International Perspectives.
Yuyutsu’s own work has been translated into German, French, Italian, Slovenian, Hebrew, Spanish and Dutch. He edits Pratik, A Magazine of Contemporary Writing and contributes literary columns to Nepal’s leading daily, The Himalayan Times.
He was at the Poetry Parnassus Festival organized to celebrate London Olympics 2012 where he represented Nepal and India. Yuyutsu is the Visiting Poet at Columbia University, New York and has just returned from Argentina where had had gone to participate in International Poetry Festival, Buenos Aires.
Half the year, he travels and reads all over the world to read from his works and conducts creative writing workshop at various universities in North America and Europe but goes trekking in the Himalayas when back home.
2017-02-14 09:42 Kathmandu, Feb 14:
The Amity University in Haryana, India has conferred the title of Honorary Professorship on Nepali litterateur Yuyutsu RD Sharma during the varsity’s third Convocation Ceremony.
Founding President and Chancellor Ashok K Chauhan, incumbent Chancellor Aseem K Chauhan and Vice Chancellor PB Sharma jointly bestowed the honour on Sharma for ‘unwavering commitment to the pursuit of excellence in the field of English poetry and extraordinary qualities of creativity’.
The Amity University stated that he conferred the honour on litterateur Sharma for his extraordinary achievements and contribution to the field of English literature and creative writing.
Sharma, who is known as the Himalayan Poet, has penned numerous poems in Nepali and English languages, essay collections, translation and other write-ups. \
–RSS ( National News Agency, Nepal)
White Lotus Book Shop in collaboration with Nepal Tourism Board today organized the Kathmandu launch of “Drunken Boat”, America’s oldest online magazine along with the launch of renowned Nepali poet Yuyutsu RD Sharma’s new book, “Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems published by Nirala Publications, New Delhi.
Speaking at the occasion senior poet Shailendra Sakar appreciated Yuyutsu Sharma’s contribution in making Nepalese literature visible on the world map. “
The soul of the Nepal lies in Nepali poetry,” Yuyutsu said, explaining how from the beginning poets like Rimal, Devkota, Bhupi and Sakar have played vital role in ushering democracy in Nepal.”
Several poets included in Drunken Boat Special Nepal issue read poems included in the prestigious American magazine. Nepali Poets Hari Adhikary, Shailendra Sakar, Promod Snehi, Purna Viram, Punya Guatam, Bishwa Sigdel and Shreejana Bhandari read the Nepali version of the poems selected by the magazine. Yuyutsu read the same poems in English.
Yuyutsu Sharma new book, Quaking Cantos was launched by the poets included in the Drunken Boat Nepal Issue. Yuyutsu read his poems like “I see my world shaking” and “Family Deity” from his Quaking Cantos focused on Nepal earthquake, 2015. He is also working on a Nepal Earthquake memoir and will be published next year. Nepali poet and novelist, Hari Adhikary appreciated role of White Lotus in organizing weekly White Lotus poetry series for more than 20 years and appreciated Yuyutsu’s role in making Nepali literature known to the outside world.
Artist including s Hari Khadka, Naresh Sainju and Prasant Shrestha also expressed their views and shared memories of their past collaborations with poets and writers.
Annapurna Note News
America’s leading online magazine, Drunken Boat launches Folio feature on Nepalese poetry and arts
KATHMANDU – Drunken Boat, America’s oldest online magazine is going to publish its 24th issue with a special focus on Nepal and Himalayan Arts. The poems are edited and translated by world renowned Himalayan poet Yuyutsu R.D. Sharma. The issue will include 35 poets and select artists from Nepal.
Evoking the spirit of New Nepal and themes of love, war and hunger, the folio ranges from older generations poet Gopal Prasad Rimal, Krishan Bhakta Shrestha Bhupi Sherchan, Bimal Nibha, Shailendra Sakar, Purna Viram, Shyamal, Hari Adhikary, Yuyutsu Sharma along with younger generation poets like Buddhi Sagar Chepain, Chunky Shrestha, Padma Gautam, Keshab Silwal, Arun Budhathoki and Promod Snehi. Also, works of Shashi Shah, Hari Khadka, Ragni Upadhyaya, Kiran Manansdhar and Niresh Sainju and others have been featured.
The issue also includes Yuyutsu Sharma’s exhaustive introduction “A Quiet Space for Poetry in Nepal.” outlining the Nepali poetry’s history and its current scenario.
The literary giant is also planning to bring the issue in a book format with some additional translations from Yuyutsu Sharma later along with a Special section on Nepalese woman poets.
It is the first time ever in the history of Nepali literature that a foreign publisher is publishing the works from the Himalayan nation. Most importantly, the issue also focuses on Himalayan arts.
In words of Drunken Boat Editor, Erica Mena, “It’s a gorgeous issue, full of some of the best work I’ve seen in our pages.”
Yuyutsu Sharma is South Asia’s leading poet published by Nirala with growing International acclaim. He is currently in New York City as a visiting poet at Columbia University and had several readings in New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida and California. He has just returned from Argentina where he had gone to participate in XI International Poetry Festival, Buenos Aires. Half the year, he travels and reads all over the world to read from his works and conducts creative writing workshop at various universities in North America and Europe but goes trekking in the Himalayas when back home.
Here is a list of some of his upcoming readings in New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
(Only Public readings are listed)
Friday, July 8, 2016 at 7:00pm
Yuyutsu Sharma Reading with Ruth Danon and David Austell to read at Open Center New York to benefit victims of the Nepal Earthquake at New York Open Center
22 East 30th Street, New York, NY 10016 Phone (212) 219-2527
Pennsylvania and Ohio
Sunday, July 10, 2016, 6;30
Sunday Special with Yuyutsu Sharma and David Austell at Poets’ Hall- 16 W 10th Meeting Room 210, Erie, Pennsylvania 16507 Hosted by Cee Williams
Yuyutsu Sharma to read with David Austell at Barberton Gallery of Fine Art
33 3rd St SE, # 103 Barberton, Akron, Ohio, (330) 328-7619, admission free, donations encouraged. Hosted by Thomas Jenney
Wednesday July 13, 2016, 7.00 to 9.00 pm
Yuyutsu Sharma with Elizabeth Onusko and David Austell at Mac’s Backs– Books on the Coventry, 1820 Coventry Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 Phone: (216) 321-2665
Friday, July 8, 2016, 7pm
Versions of Quest: Yuyutsu Sharma, Ruth Danon & David Austel
reading to benefit victims of the Nepal Earthquake at New York Open Center
22 East 30th Street, New York, NY 10016 Phone (212) 219-2527
Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu Sharma will read his fresh poetry from his new book, Quaking Cantos Nepal Earthquake Poems along with American poets, David Austell and Ruth Danon.
Austell will read from his new book, Garuda focused on the Hindu deity. Danon will read from her just published book, Limitless Tiny Boats.
The poets will pay tribute to the people of Nepal and read poetry to celebrate the people’s resilience and faith in life on this earth suffering from limitless human greed and senseless globalization.
Associate Provost and Director of the International Students and Scholars Office at Columbia University in New York City, David Austell is the author of Little Creek and Other Poems, containing the best of his work written over a decade, David often depicts memories of his childhood in the small American town where he was raised against the backdrop of the U.S. war in Vietnam and the Cold War Era. Currently, David is working on his third book, The Tin Man, focusing on the life of Saint Joseph of Arimathea. David is also fascinated by the planet Mars. He nevertheless makes his home in Harlem which is a very, very long way from the Tharsis Plain.
Ruth Danon is the author of the poetry collections, Limitless Tiny Boat, (BlazeVOX, October 17, 2015) Living with the Fireman (Ziesing Brothers, 1981), and Triangulation from a Known Point (North Star Line, 1990), and a book of literary criticism, Work in the English Novel (Croom-Helm, 1985). New work is forthcoming i The Florida Review. Her poetry was selected by Robert Creeley for Best American Poetry, 2002, and her poetry and prose have appeared in NOON: The Journal of the Small Poem,Versal, Mead, BOMB, the Paris Review, Fence, the Boston Review, 3rd Bed, Crayon, and many other publications in the U.S. and abroad. She is a professor of creative and expository writing in the School of Professional Studies of New York University and founding Director of the SPS Summer Intensive Creative Writing Workshops.
Recipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, Trubar Foundation, Slovenia, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature and The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature, Yuyutsu RD Sharma is a distinguished Himalayan poet, journalist and translator. He has published nine poetry collections including, Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems, A Blizzard in My Bones: New York Poems, Milarepa’s Bones, 33 New Poems, Nepal Trilogy, a 900-page book with renowned German photographer, Andreas Stimm, Space Cake, Amsterdam, & Other Poems from Europe and America and Annapurna Poems, Selected & New Poems. Widely traveled author, Yuyu has read his works at several prestigious places and held workshop in creative writing and translation at Queen’s University, Belfast, University of Ottawa and South Asian Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany, University of California, Davis, Sacramento State University, California and New York University, New York. Yuyutsu’s own work has been translated into German, French, Italian, Slovenian, Hebrew, Spanish and Dutch. He edits Pratik, A Magazine of Contemporary Writing and contributes literary columns to Nepal’s leading daily, The Himalayan Times. He was at the Poetry Parnassus Festival organized to celebrate London Olympics 2012 where he represented Nepal and India. Currently, Yuyutsu is in New York as a Visiting Poet at Columbia University. Half the year, he travels and reads all over the world to read from his works and conducts creative writing workshop at various universities in North America and Europe but goes trekking in the Himalayas when back home
You are warmly & joyfully invited to a POETRY READING at the Pink Palace…
Author of Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems
A Blizzard in My Bones: New York Poems
The Nepal Trilogy: Photographs and Poetry
about the Nepal areas of Annapurna, Everest, Helambu & Langtang
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – 7:00 PM
at the Pink Palace,home of Diane Frank and Erik Ievins
in the Outer Sunset, San Francisco.
Please RSVP to GeishaPoet@aol.com to reserve your seat!
I will mail the address and directions after your RSVP.
Dessert & snack potluck at the break – bring something sweet or savory or a beverage.
(Parking on neighborhood streets – same street or around the corner.)
PLEASE NOTE: We observe the Japanese custom of no shoes in the house.
Shoe racks are provided on the porch.
PLEASE ALSO NOTE: This is a fragrance-free event.
Please avoid scented skin & hair products & aftershave
so people with allergies and asthma can attend.
Please tell your friends and bring your friends!
The Fine Print…
Quaking Cantos is the creative response of a world-renowned Himalayan poet to the earthquakes that shook Nepal in 2015, killing thousands and leaving more than a million people homeless, vulnerable to the ravages of the harsh Himalayan environment. In the aftermath of the earthquakes, his North and Central American reading tours suspended, Yuyutsu returns to Nepal to bear witness to the devastation the “cosmic commotion” has caused in his own Himalayan home. “These are wonderful, troubling, and moving poems.”