Biography of Keshab Sigdel
Born in 1979 in Bardiya, Nepal, Keshab Sigdel has had an exciting and varied career in teaching English language and literature, trainers’ training, and human rights activism. He is an MA, M.Phil. in English and has also earned Law degrees from Nepal, India and Sweden.
Mr. Sigdel currently is an Assistant Professor of English at Tribhuvan University and also teaches at the MA English program at St. Xavier’s College, Kathmandu. He is the Vice President of Society of Nepali Writers in English (N/WEN) , and Founding Member of Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Association. Apart from that, he works as the General Secretary of Literary Association of Nepal (LAN) and works with the Translation Committee at International PEN Nepal Chapter. He is also associated with Amnesty International and has already served as the National Vice Chairperson of Nepal Section of Amnesty International.
His poems and plays are prescribed in University Curriculum and School Level text books in Nepal.
Apart from Nepal, he has traveled to India, Hong Kong/China, Bangladesh, Thailand, Indonesia, Bahrain, Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands to participate in international literary conferences, meetings/ workshops and for study visits.
He is the author of a collection of poems in Nepali, Samaya Bighatan (2007) , and a co-author of a joint anthology of poems in English, Six Strings (2011) . He is also a co-editor of English literary magazine Of Nepalese Clay and Devkota Studies, a bilingual research publication.
Keshab Sigdel's Works:
1. Samaya Bighatan (Dissolution of Time) -a collection of Nepali Poems (2007)
2. Six Strings: a Joint anthology of Poems (2012)
Keshab Sigdel Poems
Of My Poetry Class
Today, as every previous-year's day, I'll meet a new batch of students In my poetry class. May be I‘ll talk to them on Chaucer
Here they came In a mission In search of a ‘right' man. I proposed them the tallest of men;
At The Teashop
At the teashop They come every morning For yet another cup of tea After rounds of tea at their homes or elsewhere.
Here they came
In a mission
In search of a ‘right' man.
I proposed them the tallest of men;
Very moment, they shrunk down to Liliputs themselves,
And, out of fear, they outright rejected the Guliver.
Then I proposed them the shortest of men,
This time, they themselves swelled as big as the Guliver
Out of scorn, they again rejected this poor Liliput.