Sujata Bhatt (born 6 May 1956) is an Indian poet.
Life and career
Sujata Bhatt was born in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and brought up in Pune until 1968, when she immigrated to United States with her family. She has an MFA from the University of Iowa, and for a time was writer-in-residence at the University of Victoria, Canada. She received the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Asia) and the Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize for her first collection Brunizem in 1987.Her poem Search for My Tongue was widely praised by critics around the world. She received a Cholmondeley Award in 1991 and the Italian Tratti Poetry Prize in 2000. She has translated Gujarati poetry into English for the Penguin Anthology of Contemporary Indian Women Poets. Combining Gujarati and English, Bhatt writes "Indian-English rather than Anglo-Indian poetry." Michael Schmidt (poet) observed that her "free verse is fast-moving, urgent with narratives, softly spoken. Her cadence is natural, her diction undecorated." Bhatt has been recognized as a distinctive voice in contemporary poetry. She is, the New Statesman declared, "one of the finest poets alive". Bhatt lives in Bremen, Germany with her husband, the German writer Michael Augustin, and daughter. She is a Visiting Professor in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University.
- 1988 Brunizem Carcanet Press
- 1989 'The One Who Goes Away* Carcanet Press
- 1991 Monkey Shadows' Carcanet Press
- 1995 The Stinking Rose Carcanet Press
- 1997 Point No Point. Carcanet Press
- 2000 Augatora. Carcanet Press
- 2002 The Colour of Solitude (Second edition). Carcanet Press
- 2008 Pure Lizard. Carcanet Pressmasab
- ---- A Different History
- 1988 Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Asia) Brunizem
- 1988 Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize Brunizem
- 1991 Poetry Book Society Recommendation Monkey Shadows
- 1991 Cholmondeley Award
- 2000 Poetry Book Society Recommendation Aguatora
- 2000 Tratti Poetry Prize
- Profile at the Poetry Archive
- Schmidt, Michael: Lives of Poets, p860. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1998.
- Schmidt, Michael: Lives of Poets, p. 861. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1998.