Syed Shehzar M. Doja was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and is a poet and Founder/Editor-in-Chief of the literary journal, The Luxembourg Review. Currently he is starting a doctoral degree at the University of Glasgow. As a resident of Luxembourg, he was selected to represent the country on a pan-European platform for a poetry project commissioned for the city of Amsterdam. His work has appeared in numerous publications worldwide (New Welsh Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, Fundstücke-Trouvailles 3: Luxembourg literary yearbook, The San Antonio Review, Dhaka Tribune, Delano, Voice and Verses, Monsoon Letters, Sticks and Stones Anthology, Pratik, Fresh from the Fountain Anthology, The Selkie, From Glasgow to Saturn, Ceremony, Guttural, Poems from the Edge of Extinction) and won several literary and theatrical competitions (1st prize for ‘The Madman’s Lament’ – which he wrote, acted in, & directed – in the Symbiosis Festival, Pune, India). He was a featured poet in ‘SpokenWord Paris’ in 2016, a NewAge ‘Youth Icon’ in 2017 and was on the Jury Panel for a Literary Prize at the ‘Printemps des Poetes‘ festival in Luxembourg, 2018 and 2019. In 2019 he was recognised as a Future World Changer from the University of Glasgow.
His first book Drift was published by UPL/Monsoon Letters in 2016. It can be purchased in the following places:
Dhaka, Pune, Toronto, Paris, Luxembourg, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh.
Open Secrets @ Spokenword Paris
Poetry @Inn Deep, Glasgow
BBC @Edinburgh Fringe
Flame University Festival Poetry Prize 2014
Printemps des Poetes Literary Prize 2018 and 2019
Shehzar also co-edited the first anthology of Rohingya poets in English with fellow Poet/Editor James Byrne which was launched at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in 2019. Chaired by Clare Pollard, editor of MPT.
Coverage of book in The Telegraph
Writeup by Ilya Kaminsky on Poetry Daily
Reading at Woodlands Workspace, 66 Ashley St with Pratyusha , Rosa Jones and Callie Gardner on Sunday 29 September. 7pm Reading at Bol. South Asian Poetry and Performance at the University of Edinburgh on 1st October. Free but registration required. 8.30-10pm Reading at the Launch of Ceremony at the Scottish Poetry Library on 15th October. Free registration. 7pm Reading at event for Poems from the Edge of Extinction at SouthBank center as part of the Poetry Int. Festival on the 19th of October. Ticket entrance. Vespers 32. Scottish Poetry Library. Edinburgh 3rd December On and Off. Dram! .Glasgow. 5th December Creative Conversations with James Byrne and Dr Colin Herd. 530pm. Glasgow University Memorial Chapel. 16-17th December. Luxembourg. TBA
Border Crossings. Thursday 5 March, pm. StanZa Poetry Festival.