Upcoming Nirala release American poet Ellen Lytle’s Marvel (the word)

Ellen Lytle : Marvel (the word) ISBN 978-81-951915-6-7 pp.112

‘elle lytle’s beautifully written poems have made a marvelous book’…

Michael Graves/ Preparing the Apology

‘The elegance and ease with which Ellen’s poems present themselves is charming, disarming and welcoming. But within their subtlety and lightness there lies great depth and power. Ellen is well worth reading and rereading’…

John S Hall/ poet and lead vocalist (King Missile)

‘exciting when the words set foot uninvited’… Ellen Aug Lytle writes. A pot luck dinner party where every random bite is a delicacy: ‘a mile high cupcake’/ Her dog, ‘an old guy, barking for his walk to the bank, just one biscuit’…

Jill Hoffman/ The Gates of Pearl/ founding editor of Mudfish

ellen aug lytle’s poetry finds a beautiful depth in our everyday experiences and struggles.  She conjures sensuous images, unexpected metaphors that startle us into realizing how extraordinary life is with all its challenge and wonder…

Patricia Lynne Duffy/ blue cats and chartreuse kittens; how synesthete color their world; Henry Holt & Company

ok, new yorkers, ok world! finally, and at last ellen lytle has unleashed the full dynamo of her decades in the poetry salt mines…’ 

— Bob Holman

Ellen Lytle

American poet ellen wendy (‘windy’) aug lytle, a former journalist, and newspaper reporter/editor, from nyc and rupert, vermont/ who currently, in dribs and drabs, wants to finish her memoir/novel ‘bad fit’/ three books of poetry including, lettuce afternoon; ikon press, american goods; ikon press; homefront; nyq press (currently on amazon) / two books of fiction: mss; linear arts press ; factory fish; linear arts press / awards include columbia university; surgam literary award;1st prize; hudson valley writer’s award; prize for the month / a former photographic model for 15 minutes!/  she sketches, paints, adores art, music and language/ a mom/grandma in love w/children, animals, dance and baking/ elle lives in new york city (has taught writing for 5 years at the bronx community college, now teaches for poets & writers, inc./ aug lytle studied ‘the craft of poetry’ and playwriting w/william packard; nyu and hb studios;1975-79/ her archives are in the ‘special collections’ of the fales library, at ny university

Upcoming Nirala Release: Kumar Vikram’s Men’s Lib and other literary, cultural and personal essays

 Kumar Vikram: Men’s Lib and other literary, cultural and personal essays ISBN 978-81-9519-153-6 pp.260 Rs. 795 Indian
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This ground-breaking volume examines how one interacts, responds and gets influenced by historical ideas and figures belonging to literature or public life.

Men’s Lib bears testimony to the way one gets evolved as a thinking individual where writers, thinkers, poets, public figures apparently as diverse as Edward Said, Maulana Azad, Brajkishore Prasad, Nagarjun, Barack Obama, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Vishnu Khare, Nissim Ezekiel, Dom Moraes, Mngalesh Dabral, to name a few—including one’s father and brother—jostle together to develop perspectives on multi-layered marginal discourse in which gender discourse is presented as the leitmotif of all dialogue.

A matchless, scintillating treatment of history, literature, contemporary socio-cultural fault lines, translation of ideas and texts along with personal memoirs of people, poets and places—come together to offer an enriching, passionate and intellectually stimulating experience to the reader.

This cogent collection of lucid ideas breathes the air of multi-layered and nuanced post-colonial and identity discourse impacting all thinking human beings in these complex times.


This is a work blazing with the spirit of a deep and large hearted humanism. The concerns of the book—political, literary and personal—are about catching a moving force that is at once iconoclastic and integrative. It stands firmly against provocative outbursts and finality of convictions. Bridges are rather built by appreciating the unresolved contours of living relationalities.”

Prof. Prasanta Chakravarty, Professor of English, University of Delhi

“Here is a collection of essays that strikes a balance between academicism and accessibility, a rare feat these days… A fascinating collection in simple prose.”

— Prof. K Satchidanandan, Malayalam poet, critic, playwright, editor, columnist and translator

“Deep dives into his topics open up new worlds, and for foreigners, many of the essays are perfect to get a better understanding of today’s India.”

Claudia Kaiser, Vice-President, Frankfurt Book Fair

“In a broader context, he reconfigures contemporary history and its cultural icons, as he does larger social configurations, contested ideologies and literary canons. He takes us into multiple directions just as life takes us to and enables us to watch them from close quarters.

Prof. Anisur Rahman, Poet, Translator and Critic

“This eclectic collection of essays is a veritable smorgasbord of thought-provoking discussion by an erudite, decidedly empathetic male with vast-ranging knowledge across the socio-cultural and literary scape.”

— Rami Chhabra, Columnist and Feminist Writer

“Useful, enjoyable and quietly encouraging read”

Asad Zaidi, Poet-Critic and Translator

Kumar Vikram

Kumar Vikram (b. 1973, Bihar) is an independent researcher with special interest in post-colonial and feminist studies. He is an essayist, translator, bilingual poet, book diplomat and a publishing editor with nearly 25 years of experience.

A post-graduate in English Literature from Kirorimal College, University of Delhi, he is author of Short Essays (2002), and co-author (with Prof. Arun Kumar Sinha) of T S Eliot: An Intensive Study of Selected Poems (Spectrum Books, New Delhi).

Currently, a Senior Editor with National Book Trust, India, he has delivered talks, and participated in conferences on publishing, translations and literature in India and at various cities and international book fairs of the world like Frankfurt, Beijing, London, Seoul, Warsaw, Moscow, Guadalajara, Abu Dhabi, Paris etc.

He lives in New Delhi with wife, Deepti, 13-year old daughter, Siya, and his mother.