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Anju Makhija

Anju Makhija is a poet, playwright, translator and columnist, She has a M.A in Communications from Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

She is the author of several books including: Seeking the Beloved, a translation of the 16th century, Sufi poet, Shah Abdul Latif; Pickling Season and View from the Web (poems); The Last Train and other plays. She has co- edited 4 anthologies related to partition, women/youth poetry and Indian English drama.

Makhija has won several awards including: The All India Poetry Competition ('94); the BBC World Regional Poetry Prize ('02); the Sahitya Akademi English Translation Prize ('11). She is also the recipient of the Charles Wallace Trust Award and has been invited to festivals and seminars at Cambridge (UK), Montreal ( Canada) Delhi, Jaipur and other venues.

She has written many plays including: If Wishes Were Horses, The Last Train (Shortlisted for the BBC World Playwrighting Award '09), Meeting with Lord Yama, Unspoken Dialogues (with Aleque Padamsee) and Total Slammer Masala ( with Michael Laub).

Makhija is actively involved in the literary milieu and was on the English Advisory Board of the Sahitya Akademi for 5 years. Presently, she is based in Mumbai and co-organizes 'Culture Beat' for the Press Club and writes a column for Confluence Magazine, London. She was recently on the jury of the youth poetry competition organized by the Mumbai Literary Festival.



Anju Makhija was born in Pune. But she has spent several years in Canada. She has a master's degree in media from Concordia University, Montreal. She has worked in the fields of education, training and television. She writes poetry, plays and has worked on audio-visual scripts. Her multimedia production All Together, won her the special award at the National Education Film Festival, California. She has participated and won prizes in poetry and playwriting competitions organized by The British Council, The Poetry Society of India and the BBC.[1] Makhija is the author of View from the Web. She also the editor of an Anthology of Indian Women Poets 1990-2007’’ published by the Sahitya Akademi. Her poems appeared in the poetry anthology, Anthology of Contemporary Indian Poetry,[2] The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India,[3] featuring 151 Indian English poets, edited by Vivekanand Jha and published by Hidden Brook Press,[4] Canada.

Anju Makhija won The Poetry Society (India) poetry prize in 1994 for her poem A Farmer’s Ghost. The eminent British poet Michael Hulse was the Chairman of the awarding committee. She had also won the commendation prize in the Fourth National Poetry Competition 1993 for her poem ‘’Can You Answer, Professor?’’.[5]


Books of Poetry

  • ”We Speak in Changing Languages: Indian Women Poets 1990–2007”, ed. anthology, New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi India 2009
  • ’’Seeking the Beloved’’, New Delhi, Katha Publishers India 2005
  • ’’View From the Web – Poems’’ 2005 New Delhi : Har-Anand Books India 2005

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Profile on Katha List of Writers". 
  2. ^ "Anthology of Contemporary Indian Poetry". BigBridge.Org. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Grove, Richard. "The Dance of the Peacock:An Anthology of English Poetry from India" (current). Hidden Brook Press, Canada. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Press, Hidden Brook. "Hidden Brook Press". Hidden Brook Press. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Fourth National Poetry Competition - Commendation Prize". [permanent dead link]