This is an article about the Telugu-language Indian poet. For the Taliban leader, see Ahmad Shah (Taliban)
He was born in Konaseema and grew up in the East Godavari district. He was educated at Pithapuram Raja's College at Kakinada, where the poet Devulapalli Krishna Sastri was one of his teachers and a neighbour. At the school he initially became a Marxist and a student activist, but turned away from it. Later influences included Brahmo Samaj, including one of its exponents, Peddada Ramaswamy; the writings of "Tarakam"; Krishna Shastri and Chalam. A philosophy student, he went on to receive a master's degree from Andhra University, then worked as a lecturer in philosophy at Kakinada, Anantapur and Vijayawada. He was also a principal in his alma mater, Pithapuram Raja Government College.
In his thirties, Ismail began writing poetry, and published his poems in the prestigious literary magazines Bharati and Kala keli.
As of 1999 he lived in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh.
Years link to corresponding "[year] in poetry" article, for poetry, or "[year] in literature" article, for other works.
- 1972: Chettu naa aadarsam ("Tree my ideal") 
- 1976: Mrityu vriksham
- 1980: Chilakalu vaalina chettu
- 1987: Ratri Vaccina Rahasyapu Vana
- 1989: Ismail Kavitalu
- 1997: Kappala Nissabdam (haiku)
- 1987: Kavitvam Lo Nissabdam (criticism)
- "Ismail, Mohammad" entry, p 475, in Who's who of Indian Writers, 1999: 1999 : In 2 Vol. Vol. 1 A-M edited by K. C. Dutt, published by Sahitya Akademi, 1999, ISBN 978-81-260-0873-5, retrieved via Google Books, January 19, 2009
- "Ismail" article, p 1752, Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature Volume 2, published by Sahitya Akademi, 1988, ISBN 978-81-260-1194-0, retrieved via Google Books on January 19, 2009