|Yuyutsu R.D. Sharma|
Yuyutsu R.D. Sharma, photographed at a poetry reading in Elyria, Ohio
January 5, 1960 |
Nakodar, Punjab, India
|Alma mater||University of Rajasthan
|Occupation||poet editor writer translator|
Yuyutsu R.D. (Ram Dass) Sharma (born January 5, 1960) is a widely traveled and acclaimed Nepalese 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 and reads all over the world to read from his works and conducts creative writing workshop at various universities in the United States and Europe but goes trekking in the Himalayas when back home.
Life and career
Sharma was educated at Nakodar under the supervision of his maternal grandfather, Dheru Ram and grew up in a very religious atmosphere with his mother, Shanti Devi and at the age of nine became a shaman as he was thought to be possessed by a serpent spirit, his family deity. He came under the impression of Naga ascetics whom his father, Madan Lal, revered, but later followed the course of Western education and received his early education first at DAV college, Nakodar, Punjab, and later at Baring Union Christan College, Batala and University of Rajasthan. Yuyutsu remained active in the literary circles of Rajasthan and acted in plays by Shakespeare, Bertolt Brecht, Harold Pinter, and Edward Albee. Later he taught at various campuses of Punjab University, Chandigarh and Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu.
Yuyutsu quit teaching at Tribhuwan University in 1996 and opted the career of a free lance writer. He also started visiting the Annapurna region of Western Nepal regularly but only in 2006 published his work devoted to the region as The Lake Fewa and a Horse and later in 2008, Annapurna Poems, Selected and New. He also met German Photographer, Andreas Stimm at Frankfurt 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 Trilogy:Photographs and Poetry on Annapurna, Everest, Helambu & Langtang.
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.
A widely traveled author, he has read his works at several 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, Ruigoord, Amsterdam, Nehru Center, London, Frankfurt Book Fair, Frankfurt, Indian International Center, New Delhi, and Villa Serbelloni, Italy.
He has held workshop in creative writing and translation at Queen's University, Belfast, University of Ottawa and South Asian Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany, University of California, Davis, Sacramento State University, California and New York University, New York. He was at the Poetry Parnassus Festival organized to celebrate London Olympics 2012 where he represented Nepal and India. Currently, he is in New York as a Visiting Poet at New York University.
He has published nine poetry collections including, Nine New York Poems : A Prelude to‘A Blizzard in my Bones', Milarepa's Bones, Helambu:33 New Poems,, Space Cake, Amsterdam, & Other Poems from Europe and America,, Annapurna Poems, and Everest Failures.
A collection of his poems in French, entitled Poèmes de l’Himalaya appeared from L'Harmattan, Paris in 2009.
Currently, he edits Pratik, A Magazine of Contemporary Writing and contributes literary columns to Nepal’s leading daily, The Himalayan Times.
List of works
Maths textbooks from Grade 8-12 for the CBSE Board
- Nine New York Poems: A Prelude to‘A Blizzard in my Bones: New York Poems’, Nirala, New Delhi, 2014
- Milarepa's Bones, Helambu:33 New Poems, Nirala, New Delhi, 2012
- The Nepal Trilogy I-III Photographs and Poetry about the Nepal areas of Annapurna, Everest, Helambu & Langtang, www.Nepal-Trilogy.de,·www.Nepal-Trilogie.de) (english-deutsch, Epsilonmedia, Karlsruhe Germany, 2010
- www.AroundAnnapurna.de: A photographic and Poetic Journey around Annapurnas, Nepal, Epsilonmedia, Karlsruhe Germany
- www.WayToEverest.de:A photographic and Poetic Journey to the Foot of Everest, Epsilonmedia, Karlsruhe Germany, 2006
- Annapurna Poems, Nirala, New Delhi, 2008
- Everest Failures, White Lotus Book Shop, Kathmandu 2008
- Space Cake Amsterdam and other Poems from Europe and America, Howling Dog Press, Colorado, 2009
- The Lake Fewa and a Horse, Poems New, Nirala, New Delhi, 2005, 2009
- Poèmes de l'Himalaya, trans. by Nicole Barrière and Camille Bloomfield, L'Harmattan, Paris, 2009
- Poemas De Los Himalayas: Bilingual Spanish/English Poetry Collection, Translated into Spanish with an Introduction by Veronica Aranda, 2010,Cosmopoeticia, Cordoba, Spain
- Some Female Yeti & other Poems, Nirala, New Delhi,1995
- Hunger of our Huddled Huts & other Poems, Nirala, New Delhi, 1989, 2011
- A Prayer in Daylight, Poems', Nirala, Jaipur, 1984
- Annapurnas and Stains of Blood (Travelogue), Nirala, New Delhi, 2010
- Dying in Rajasthan, 1985, Short Stories by Ramanand Rathi, (Translated from the Hindi), Nirala, New Delhi
- Folk Tales of Sherpa & Yeti, 2008, Shiva Dhakal (Translated from the Nepali), Nirala, New Delhi
- Roaring Recitals: Five Nepali Poets, (Gopal Prasad Rimal, Bhupi Sherchan & Others) (Translated from the Nepali),Nirala, New Delhi
- Kathmandu: Poems Selected and New (An English/Nepali Bilingual Edition), Cathal O’ Searcaigh, Translated from the Gaelic by Seamus Heaney, John Montague and others; Translated into the Nepali, Nirala, New Delhi
- Baghdad, February 1991, A Bilingual Nepali /English Edition, Ronny Someck, Translated into Nepali by Yuyutsu RD Sharma, Nirala Publications, New Delhi, 2010
- Elysium in the Halls of Hell, 1991,Poems about India by David Ray, Nirala, New Delhi,
- Dispossessed Nests: The 1984 Poems, 1986, by Jayanta Mahapatra, Nirala, New Delhi,
- Bagar: An Asian Poetry Special Number, (1989–90) Kathmandu, Nepal
- General Editor, Nirala Series (Since 1989)
- Guest Editor, Omega, Special Issue on Nepali Poetry (www.howlingdogpress.com) with Michael Annis, Howling Dog Press
- Pratik: A Magazine of Contemporary Writing, 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;Edited with Jayanta Mahapatra, Nirala Publications, New Delhi, 2013
- Sharma, Yuyutsu Rd. "About Yuyutsu". Retrieved 19 February 2013.
- Hunter, Poem. "Biography of Yuyutsu Sharma". Poemhunter. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- The Lake Fewa & A Horse. Nirala. 2006. p. 86. ISBN 818569334X.
- Annapurna Poems (Hardcover). Nirala. 2008. p. 150. ISBN 8182500133. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- Nepal-Triology: Annapurna, Everest, Helambu & Langtang (ebook). 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- R. D., Yuyutsu (2012). Milarepa's Bones, Helambu 33 New Poems. Nirala Publications. p. 49. ISBN 9788182500327. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- Sharma, Yuyutsu RD (2009). Space Cake, Amsterdam, & Other Poems from Europe and America. Howling Dog Press. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- Sharma, Yuyutsu RD (2008). Annapurna Poems (Hardcover). p. 150. ISBN 8182500133. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- Sharma, Yuyutsu RD. Everest Failures (Paperback). Nirala. p. 40. ISBN 818250046X. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- Sharma, Yuyutsu RD (2009). POÈMES DE L'HIMALAYA (bookISBN 978-2-296-10213-2.) (in French). p. 80.
- Official Yuyutsu Sharma website
- Publications website
- Blog//Yuyutsu RD Sharma Blog
- of Voices
- NYU Reading Series
- Nepal Trilogy
- Interview: The Applicant, A Kathmandu-based Literary Journal
- Ray, David. "An Indo-American Friendship." <http://www.davidraypoet.com> March 28, 2003.
- poetryvlog.com, Yuyutsu R. D. Sharma's www.poetryvlog.com/ysharma.html.
- Reporter, THT. "Journey to Everest." The Himalayan Times May 11, 2006: 12.
- Reporter, NF. “Book Review.” Newsfront 1–7 September 2008.
- Sakar, Sailendra. “Images from Annapurnas.” May 11, 2006: 12.
- Searcaigh, Cathal O. “Book Review.” Indian Literature. New Delhi: Sahitya Academy, 2006.
- Dasgupta, Sucheta. "Of Rasa, Rhyme 'n Realism." The Himalayan Times February 17, 2005: 10.
- Dhital, Rita. "A Walk Around the Annapurnas." The Himalayan Times December 11, 2005: 7.
- Feast, Jim. “Poetry Rounding Out the Edges.” The Brooklyn Rail July/August, 2008: 22.
- Ganesh Ghimire, Master's Thesis, Blending Poetry and Photograph, Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu
- Sharma, Yuyutsu RD. Annapurna Poems. New Delhi: Nirala Publications, 2008.
- Migdol, Robin, "Poetry from the top of the world." The California Aggie March 30, 2012: http://www.theaggie.org/2010/02/04/poetry-from-the-top-of-the-world/
- Sharma, Yuyutsu RD and Andreas Stimm. www.AroundAnnapurnas.de- a photographic and poetic journey around the Annapurnas, Nepal. Germany: Epsilonmedia, 2005.
- www.WayToEverest.de- a photographic and poetic journey to the foot of Everest. Germany: Epsilonmedia, 2006
- Woods, Eddie. “To Be a Poet is a Noble Profession.” Amsterdam Weekly, 9.39 ( 8–14 December 2004): 11.
- Das, Nabina, “A Trek with the Buddha Bard, A review of ANNAPURNA POEMS: Poems New & Collected,” 2008 http://dansemacabre.art.officelive.com/atrekwiththebuddhabard.aspx