Joy Goswami was born on 10 November 1954 in Kolkata and grew up in the small town of Ranaghat. His first poetry collection, published when he was twenty-two, brought him immediate critical acclaim. One of the most powerful poets in the post-Jibanananda Das era of Bengali poetry, Goswami has published nearly fifty titles, including a novel in verse, and several collections of critical essays. Among his many awards are the Ananda Puroshkar (which he received twice), the Bangla Academy Puroshkar, the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad in 2011. Goswami has been a voice against violence, war and genocide. In 2001 he was an invitee to the prestigious International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa.
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