Poet, writer, and activist.
Tuhin Das is a Bengali poet, writer, and activist from Barishal, a city in south-central Bangladesh whose work has been published in Bangladesh, India, and the United States. Due to his secular writings and activism, Das was labelled an ‘anti-Islamic poet’ and came under severe threat in his home country.
In Bangladesh, Tuhin Das authored multiple poetry collections, including Bonsai People (2009), Days in Fallen Society (2011), Melancholic Horse (2012), Untouchable Dreams (2013), Man Garden Series (2013), Near but Far Away (2015), Timber Face (2016), and Evening Sarus Crane (2019), and Flowers of My Language (2021, in English translation). He also edited nine literary magazines and published over one hundred articles in newspapers and magazines around the topics of religious extremism, the Shahbag Protests and ethnic cleansing, amongst other topics. Das’s work ranked him amongst the top young Bengali poets and in 2011 he was awarded the Chinno Award for magazine editing from the Chinno Foundation of Rajshahi University.
Following intensified threats and persecution, Tuhin Das arrived in 2016 as an ICORN resident in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US, hosted by Pittsburgh City of Asylum. Since living in the US, Das’s work has appeared in Words Without Borders, The Bare Life Review, The Offing, Epiphany, and Immigrant Report. In April 2022, Exile Poems--In the Labyrinth of Homesickness, Tuhin Das’s US poetry debut was published by Bridge & Tunnel Books.
An ICORN interview with Tuhin Das on his US poetry debut can be found here.
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