Mihir Chitre - gatewaylitfest.com

| January 13, 2020 | Interview | No Comments

Mihir is a poet, storyteller and an ad man.

His first full-length poetry collection, Hyphenated (Sahitya Akademi: 2014) was published when he was 26, making him one of the youngest writers published in English by the institute. His recent book, School of Age (Dhauli Books: 2019) is a fresh inquiry into ageing in the contemporary urban India against the backdrop of childhood traumas, material and sexual desire, advertising campaigns, patriarchy, social media movements and perpetual longing.

His work has been featured in over twenty-five magazines, which include Indian Literature, Nether, Himal Southasian, The Bombay Literary Magazine, Cerebration, Vayavya, Pyrta Journal, Baroda Review, Kritya, Enchanting Verses, The Brown Critique, etc. His poetry finds a place in several anthologies as well such as Poetrywala’s 40 under 40, Helter Skelter Anthology of New Writing – Volume 4, Modern English Poetry by Younger Indians etc.

Mihir has been invited to participate in several literary festivals and events including Kala Ghoda Festival (Mumbai), Gateway Litfest (Mumbai), South India Writer’s Ensemble (Kerala), Young Writer’s Festival (New Delhi), North-Eastern and Western Young Writer’s Meet (Baroda), etc.

Mihir has also judged poetry competitions at popular college festivals such as Malhar, Mood Indigo and BITS Pilani.

Besides poetry, Mihir has won forty plus awards in advertising including two prestigious Cannes Lions.

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