Advisory Board of A.R.A.W.L.II…

Les Murray, Australia
Les Murray was born in 1938 and grew up on a dairy farm at Bunyah, between Forster and Gloucester on the north Coast of New South Wales. He retired from outside employment in 1971 and made literature his full time career. His work has been highly praised throughout the English-speaking world.

Les Murray is amongst the most gifted poets writing today. His multifaceted talents have received high praise both in his native Australia and beyond. But he has also proved a controversial figure, whose poetry strays across the boundaries of political and cultural debate. His version of Australian republicanism has caused heated argument about the future direction of his country as it moves out of the shadow of its colonial past.
His collections include Conscious and Verbal, Frady Neptune, New Selected Poems, Poems the Size of Photographs and a dozen more.

Jayanta Mahapatra, India
Jayanta Mahapatra is a leading Indian poet. He has read and published his poetry all over the world. He has won such coveted awards as the Jacob Glatstein Memorial Award of Chicago’s Poetry and the Sahitya Akademi Award. Four out of sixteen collections of poems are published abroad. Some of the latest prestigious international anthologies, which include his poems, are The Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry (Random House, New York, 1996) and The Poetry Anthology 1912-2002 (Ivan R.Dee, Chicago, 2002). His latest book is Random Descent.
He lives in Cuttack where he edits the influential literary magazine Chandrabhaga.

Bill Ashcroft, Australia
Bill Ashcroft teaches at the University of New South Wales, Australia. He is widely published in post-colonial studies and has co-authored with Gareth Griffith and Helen Tiffin, The Post Colonial Studies Reader (1994) and written Key Concepts in Post Colonial Studies (1998) and also the famous Critical work- The Empire Writes Back (1989).

E. E. Sule, Nigeria
E.E. Sule (also known as Sule E. Egya) is a poet, short story writer, literary critic, newspaper columnist and literary journalist. He teaches African literature and Creative Writing in the Department of English, Nasarawa State University. His other books are the Agatu Culture: Songs and Dances (2002), a study of oral poetry; Impotent Heavens (2004), a collection of short stories; Knifing Tongues (2005), a volume of poetry; and The Writings of Zaynab Alkali (2005), co-authored with Dr. Umelo Ojinmah). His review essays, academic articles and poems have been published in both local and international journals.

S. Asnani, India
Shyam Asnani is a renowned scholar and formely a Professor of English from Himachal Pradesh Universithy Shimla. Prof. Asnani has worked extensively in “New Literatures”. His articles, reviews and write-ups have been published in various journals in India and abroad.

Sheela Upadhyaya, India
Sheela Upadhyaya is a reputed scholar of English and former Principal, Govt. College, Jalore. She taught at Govt. College, Ajmer. She has strong interest in “New Literatures”. She is on the Editorial Board of Lemuria.

Anjana Basu
Most of her life, Anjana Basu has worked as an advertising copywriter. She also taught English Literature, briefly, in Calcutta University. She writes stories, newspaper features, and poetry. A book of Anjana’s short stories has been published by Orient Longman, India, and her poems have been featured in the anthology ‘In Her Own Voice,’ published by Penguin, India. Her work has also been published in many journals such as The Wolfhead Quarterly, The Amethyst Review, The Blue Moon Review, Kimera and Recursive Angel.

M. Chaurasia, India
A retired Professor of English and Ex-Principal of Govt. College, Beawar, Dr. Chaurasia is deeply interested in Indian writings in English. She is a visiting Professor in various Universities and colleges in Rajasthan.

Bibhu Padhi, India
Bibhu Padhi teaches English at Denkanal Autonomous College, Denkanal, Orissa. He is the author of five volumes of poetry. His two volumes of poetry are in press. No volume of Contemporary Indian English poetry is complete without reference to his poetical works.

Geoff Page, Australia
Geoff Page is an Australian poet who has published sixteen collections of poetry as well as two novels; two verse novels and several other works including anthologies, translations and a biography of the jazz musician, Bernie McGann. He retired at the end of 2001 from being in charge of the English Department at Narrabundah College in the ACT, apposition he had held since 1974. He has won several awards, including that ACT Poetry Award, the Grace Leven Prize, the Queensland Premier’s Prize for Poetry and the 2001 Patrick White Literary Aware. He has also read his work and talked on Australian poetry in Switzerland, Norway, Sweden Britain, Italy, Singapore, Chine, the United States and New Zealand.

John Kinsella, Australia
John Kinsella born in 1963 in Perth, has studied at the University of WA and traveled extensively in Europe, the Middle East the Asia, Editor of the poetry magazine Salt, he has published his own poetry in numerous periodicals and anthologies and in the collections Night Parrots (1989). The Book of Two Faces (1989), Eschatologies (1991) and Full Fathom Five (1993); SYZYGY, an experimental poem, was published separately in 1993. Kinsella also contributed , with Anthony Lawrence, to the volume Ultramarine (1991) and edited an anthology of verse from the magazine Salt, The Bird Catcher’s Song.

Philip Mead, Australia
Philip Mead born in 1953 in Brisbane, and educated in Australia, England and the USA, has contributed poetry to numerous anthologies and periodicals, published the collections, Songs from Another Country (1975), Be Faithful Go (1980), The Spring-Mire (1982) and This River is in the South (1984). Poetry editor for Meanjin until 1994, he has taught creative writing at the University of Melbourne as Lockie fellow, and has been associated with poetry-publishing since 1972. With John Tranter he edited The Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry (1991), and with Gerald Murnane and Jenny Lee, The Temperament of Generations: Fifty Years of Writing in Meanjin (1990). With Alan Gould, David Brooks and Mark O’ Connor, Mead was one of the founders of the journal Canberra Poetry.

G. J .V. Prasad, India
G. J .V. Prasad, a poet and novelist, teaches English at Centre of Linguistics and English, School of Languages, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. In Delhi without a Visa (a book of poems) is his maiden venture. He edits JSL.

J.P. Savita, India
J.P. Savita is a retired Professor of English who has had an illustrious career of teaching literature at various Universities and colleges in North India. Currently interested in contemporary world literature, he is also a creative writer in has own right.

Christopher Rollason, France
Christopher Rollason is a national resident in France. He graduated in English from Cambridge University and obtained his Ph.D. at York University with a thesis on Edgar Allan Poe. He is a keen online writer and reviewer (literature, music, travel, etc.). He has a reading knowledge of French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Romania. Favorite writers include Walter Scott, Honore de Balzac, Charles Baudelaire, Jorge Luis Borges, Jose Saramago, Salman Rushdie, Vikram Chandra and Bob Dylan.

S.B. Srivastava, India
S. B. Srivatava is a retired Civil Servant from the Judiciary of Rajasthan. He served the Government of Rajasthan as Member Board of Revenue. A creative writer in his own right, his poems and short stories have been published in various magazines and news papers in India and abroad. He is one of the major poets anthologized in Audhava.

Shyam Mathur, India
Shyam Mathur, born in 1940, has earned his reputation as a great translator of Rajathani Literature into English. His translations have appeared in the Indian Literature and so many other journals of literature in India. As such, he also translated two award-winning anthologies of Rajasthani poetry. As a creative writer he published a number of plays for children. He served as Head of the Dept of Mathematics, Mayo College, Ajmer.

Sudha Srivastava, India
Born in 1935, Prof. Sudha Srivastava retired as Principal, Savitri Girls’ College, Ajmer after having served the institution in the capacity of the Head of the Department of Music for nearly two decades. Herself a musicologist of great repute, she has been a disciple of Pt. Govindrao Rajurkar of Gwalior Gharana and has to her credit a classic work on Indian music—Bhartiya Sangeet Ke Mooladhar( The Fundamentals of Indian Music). Formerly she was an executive member of Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Academy. At present she lives in Ajmer.

Katherine Gallaghen
Katherine Gallaghen is an Australian Poet resident in London since 1979. She has four collections of poetry, including most recently, Tigers on the Silk Road (Arc Publications, 2000), After Kandinsky (Vagabond, 2005) and Circus-Apprentice  (Arc Publications, 2006).

Nathanael O’ Reilly, USA
Nathanael O’ Reilly is a doctoral candidate at Western Michigan University. He is completing a dissertation on suburbia in contemporary Australian fiction.