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Yuyutsu Sharma

Yuyutsu R.D. (Ram Dass) Sharma (born January 5,
1960) is a widely traveled and acclaimed Nepalese /
Indian writer who was born at Nakodar, Punjab and grew
up in Nakodar and later at Nangal Township of Shivalik
ranges of Mahabharata Hills where his father worked. He
moved to Nepal at an early age and now writes in English
and Nepali. Half the year he travels extensively to read
from his works and conduct creative writing workshops at
various universities in the United States and Europe, but
goes trekking in the Himalayas when back home.[1][2]

eral prestigious places including Poetry Café, London,
Seamus Heaney Center for Poetry, Belfast, New York
University, New York, Western Writers’ Center, Galway,
Bowery Poetry Place, 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, Irish Writers’ Centre, Dublin, The
Guardian Newsroom, London, Trois Rivieres Poetry Festival, Quebec, Arnofini, Bristol, Borders, London, Slovenian Book Days, Ljubljana, March Hare, Newfoundland, Canada, Royal Society of Dramatic Arts, London,
Gunter Grass House, Bremen, GTZ, Kathmandu, Ruigo1 Life and career
ord, Amsterdam, Nehru Center, London, Frankfurt Book
Fair, Frankfurt, Indian International Center, New Delhi,
Sharma was educated at Nakodar under the supervision and Villa Serbelloni, Italy.
of his maternal grandfather, Dheru Ram and grew up in He has held workshop in creative writing and translaa very religious atmosphere with his mother, Shanti Devi tion at Queen’s University, Belfast, University of Ottawa
and at the age of nine became a shaman as he was thought and South Asian Institute, Heidelberg University, Gerto be possessed by a serpent spirit, his family deity. He many, University of California, Davis, Sacramento State
came under the impression of Naga ascetics whom his fa- University, California and New York University, New
ther, Madan Lal, revered, but later followed the course of York. He was at the Poetry Parnassus Festival organized
Western education and received his early education first at to celebrate London Olympics 2012 where he represented
DAV college, Nakodar, Punjab, and later at Baring Union Nepal and India. Currently, he is in New York as a VisChristan College, Batala and University of Rajasthan. iting Poet at New York University.
Yuyutsu remained active in the literary circles of RaHe has published nine poetry collections including, Nine
jasthan and acted in plays by Shakespeare, Bertolt Brecht,
New York Poems : A Prelude to'A Blizzard in my Bones’,
Harold Pinter, and Edward Albee. Later he taught at
Milarepa’s Bones, Helambu:33 New Poems,,[6] Space
various campuses of Punjab University, Chandigarh and
Cake, Amsterdam, & Other Poems from Europe and
Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu.
America,,[7] Annapurna Poems,[8] and Everest Failures.[9]
Yuyutsu quit teaching at Tribhuwan University in 1996
A collection of his poems in French, entitled Poèmes
and opted the career of a free lance writer. He also
de l'Himalaya appeared from L'Harmattan, Paris in
started visiting the Annapurna region of Western Nepal
2009.[10]
regularly but only in 2006 published his work devoted to
the region as The Lake Fewa and a Horse[3] and later in Currently, he edits Pratik, A Magazine of Contemporary
2008, Annapurna Poems, Selected and New.[4] He also Writing and contributes literary columns to Nepal’s leadmet German Photographer, Andreas Stimm at Frankfurt ing daily, The Himalayan Times.
book fair in 2004 and his collaboration with Stimm resulted in three books of picture/poetry book in black and
white, currently put thereto in a 900-page volume, Nepal 2 Poetry
Trilogy:Photographs and Poetry on Annapurna, Everest,
Helambu & Langtang.[5]
• Nine New York Poems: A Prelude to‘A Blizzard in my
Bones: New York Poems’, Nirala, New Delhi, 2014

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.

• Milarepa’s Bones, Helambu:33 New Poems, Nirala,
New Delhi, 2012

A widely traveled author, he has read his works at sev1

The Nepal Trilogy I-III Photographs and Poetry about the Nepal areas of Annapurna, Ever-

1985. [2] Hunter. 2008. New Delhi • Guest Editor. New Delhi. New Delhi. by Nicole Barrière and Camille Bloomfield. Yuyutsu Rd. (Translated from the Hindi). 2006 • Annapurna Poems. New Delhi. since 1990 • Pratik’s Special Dutch issue (2007 Spring Issue) with Harry Zevenbergen as Guest Editor • Pratik’s Special British issue (2007 Summer Fall Issue) with Pascale Petit as Guest Editor • Ten: The New Indian Poets. Translated into Spanish with an Introduction by Veronica Aranda. Nepal • Poemas De Los Himalayas: Bilingual Spanish/English Poetry Collection. Nirala Publications. Epsilonmedia. Spain • General Editor. p. Paris. New Delhi • Folk Tales of Sherpa & Yeti. Ronny Someck. 1984 Non-Fiction • Annapurnas and Stains of Blood (Travelogue). 2006. New Delhi. Epsilonmedia. 86. Cathal O’ Searcaigh. Karlsruhe Germany. [3] The Lake Fewa & A Horse. • Poèmes de l'Himalaya. New Delhi.de:A photographic and Poetic Journey to the Foot of Everest. New Delhi. (1989–90) Kathmandu. Shiva Dhakal (Translated from the Nepali). Helambu & Langtang. Nirala. White Lotus Book Shop. Jaipur. trans. Retrieved February 19. 2009 • Some Female Yeti & other Poems.howlingdogpress. Translated into Nepali by Yuyutsu RD Sharma. February 1991. • The Lake Fewa and a Horse. Omega. Karlsruhe Germany • Kathmandu: Poems Selected and New (An English/Nepali Bilingual Edition).Nepal-Trilogie. 2013 6 References [1] Sharma. 2009 • Bagar: An Asian Poetry Special Number. Nirala. Bhupi Sherchan & Others) (Translated from the Nepali).Edited with Jayanta Mahapatra. 2010.de: A photographic and Poetic Journey around Annapurnas. Nirala Publications. 2005. 1989. “Biography of Yuyutsu Sharma”. New Delhi • www. Retrieved February 22. 1986. Howling Dog Press. 2008 • Everest Failures.WayToEverest. New Delhi. Special Issue on Nepali Poetry (www. Nirala. Nepal. Poems New.2 6 est. www.Nepal-Trilogy. Kathmandu 2008 5 Edited • Elysium in the Halls of Hell.de. Translated from the Gaelic by Seamus Heaney. John Montague and others. Nirala.com) with Michael Annis. Nirala. Howling Dog Press • Pratik: A Magazine of Contemporary Writing. by Jayanta Mahapatra. Cordoba. Poem. Short Stories by Ramanand Rathi. Epsilonmedia.Poems about India by David Ray. New Delhi. Nirala Series (Since 1989) • Hunger of our Huddled Huts & other Poems. “About Yuyutsu”. 2009 • Dispossessed Nests: The 1984 Poems. ISBN 818569334X. Colorado. 2011 • A Prayer in Daylight. Nirala.Nirala. Nirala. A Bilingual Nepali /English Edition. L'Harmattan. 2013. New Delhi • www. 2013. Poems’. (Gopal Prasad Rimal. 2010 • Space Cake Amsterdam and other Poems from Europe and America. Nirala. Nirala.de) (english-deutsch.AroundAnnapurna. Nirala.1995 3 REFERENCES Translations • Dying in Rajasthan. Nirala. Poemhunter. 2010 4 • Baghdad. ·www. 1991. . New Delhi. Nirala. Karlsruhe Germany.Cosmopoeticia. Translated into the Nepali. 2010 • Roaring Recitals: Five Nepali Poets.

” <http://www. p. 2006: 12. ISBN 978-2-296-10213-2. p.” Newsfront September 1–7. 80. Cathal O.html. 2013. Annapurna Poems. [6] R. ISBN 8182500133. Sucheta.org/2010/02/04/ 2012: poetry-from-the-top-of-the-world/ • Sharma.” 2008 http://dansemacabre. Master’s Thesis. Yuyutsu RD (2008). Sharma’s www. Germany: Epsilonmedia. Yuyutsu R. A review of ANNAPURNA POEMS: Poems New & Collected. & Other Poems from Europe and America. Retrieved February 22.de.davidraypoet. Germany: Epsilonmedia. 49. • Dhital.a photographic and poetic journey around the Annapurnas. THT.aspx . poetryvlog.com/ysharma. 2006: 12. 150. Amsterdam. 150. [10] Sharma.” The Himalayan Times December 11. NF. “Of Rasa. D. D. Yuyutsu RD (2009). Everest. 7 External links • Official Yuyutsu Sharma website • Publications website • Blog//Yuyutsu RD Sharma Blog • of Voices • NYU Reading Series • Nepal Trilogy • Interview: The Applicant. • Feast. Blending Poetry and Photograph.” Indian Literature. A Kathmandu-based Literary Journal • Ray. p. “Book Review. Retrieved February 22. • Sakar. AroundAnnapurnas. Nirala. 2005: 7. Rita. New Delhi: Sahitya Academy. 2013. 2006 • Woods. Delhi: Nirala Publications. David. “Book Review. 2013. • poetryvlog.a photographic and poetic journey to the foot of Everest. Robin.” The California Aggie March 30.3 [4] Annapurna Poems (Hardcover). 2010.com> March 28.theaggie. Yuyutsu RD (2009). • Reporter. 2004): 11. Rhyme 'n Realism. Milarepa’s Bones. Annapurna Poems (Hardcover). 2008.WayToEverest. “A Trek with the Buddha Bard. “Journey to Everest.” May 11. Nabina. 9.com. Yuyutsu (2012). • Das. • Searcaigh. • Reporter. POÈMES DE L'HIMALAYA (book) (in French).art. Kathmandu • Sharma. officelive. 2008. 2003.” Amsterdam Weekly. [9] Sharma. Retrieved February 22. Retrieved February 22. • Dasgupta. “A Walk Around the Annapurnas.39 ( December 8–14. [5] Nepal-Trilogy: Annapurna. 2013. • www. Yuyutsu RD and Andreas Stimm.com/atrekwiththebuddhabard. 2005. ISBN 8182500133. Eddie.. “An Indo-American Friendship. [8] Sharma. Nirala. 2008. http://www. Retrieved February 22. • Ganesh Ghimire. New • Migdol. “Poetry from the top of the world. Yuyutsu RD. ISBN 9788182500327. www. Yuyutsu RD. Helambu 33 New Poems. “Images from Annapurnas. Everest Failures (Paperback). 2005: 10. Tribhuwan University. [7] Sharma. Sailendra. 2013. Jim. Retrieved February 22. 2006.” The Himalayan Times May 11. ISBN 818250046X. Space Cake. “To Be a Poet is a Noble Profession.de.” The Brooklyn Rail July/August 2008: 22. Nirala Publications. 40. Howling Dog Press. p. “Poetry Rounding Out the Edges. Nepal. Helambu & Langtang (EBOOK). 2013.” The Himalayan Times February 17. p.

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