Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih

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Biography of Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih

KYNPHAM SING NONGKYNRIH writes poems, short fiction and drama in Khasi and English. He has a total of 13 publications in Khasi and 9 in English. His collections of poetry in English include Moments (Writers Workshop) , The Sieve (Writers Workshop) , The Yearning of Seeds (HarperCollins) and Time’s Barter: Haiku and Senryu (HarperCollins) . He is the author of Around the Hearth: Khasi Legends (Penguin) and the co-editor of Dancing Earth: An Anthology of Poetry from North-East India (Penguin) .
His poetry has been widely published in national and international journals, including The New Welsh Review (Cardiff) : Planet: The Welsh Internationalist (Aberystwyth, Wales) : Karavan (Stockholm) : PEN International (London) : The Literary Review (New Jersey) : Wasafiri (London) : Modern Haiku (Lincoln, USA) : Simply Haiku (Pasadena, USA) : Poetry International Web (Rotterdam) : and The Heron's Nest (Nassau, USA) .
His awards include the first Veer Shankar Shah-Raghunath Shah National Award for literature (Madhya Pradesh,2008) , the first North-East Poetry Award (Tripura,2004) and a Fellowship for Outstanding Artists 2000 by the Department of Culture and Tourism, Government of India.
He teaches literature at North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong, where he lives. Updates


Like Shelley with his “blithe spirit”
I have often tried to understand
this man who is named Kynpham.

How should I describe myself?

A son of a crab, since I fail to suffer
my mother’s temper, who, living in my
house, treats me as one of her tenants.

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