Poetry at Sangam




Lakshmi Holmström is a writer and translator. She has translated short stories, novels and poetry by the major contemporary writers in Tamil. Her most recent books are Fish in a Dwindling Lake, a translation of short stories by Ambai (2012); A Second Sunrise, poems by Cheran, translated and edited by Lakshmi Holmström & Sascha Ebeling (2012); The Rapids of a Great River: the Penguin book of Tamil Poetry (2009), of which she is a co-editor; and The Hour Past Midnight (2009), a translation of a novel by Salma. Another collection of poetry in translation, In a Time of Burning, by the Sri Lankan poet Cheran, will be published in 2012. In 2000 she received the Crossword Book Award for her translation of Karukku by Bama; in 2007 she shared the Crossword-Hutch Award for her translation of Ambai’s short stories, In a Forest, a Deer; and she received the Iyal Award from the Tamil Literary Garden, Canada, in 2008. She is a founding trustee of SALIDAA (South Asian Diaspora Literature and Arts Archive).

Translations by Lakshmi Holmström

Cast Away Blood by Malathi Maithri

Demon Language by Malathi Maithri

New Bride, New Night by Salma

Green Angel by Salma

Rain-River by Kutti Revathi

Suicide-Soldier by Kutti Revathi

A Time for Birdsong by Sukirtharani

Nature’s Fountainhead by Sukirtharani