SAIKH MD. SABAH AL-AHMED is a young Guwahati-based poet, lyricist, columnist and a freelance journalist. He is a recipient of the Reuel International Prize for Poetry (2019) for Best Upcoming Poet from North East India. He was also awarded the ‘Certificate of Excellence’ by the United Nations Association (UNA) – Assam for his ‘outstanding literary achievements in the field of poetry and journalism’.
He is the author of the poetry collection Tranquil Musings – collected poems and two non-fiction titles – Contemporary Chronicles – Polity, Society & Culture and Past of the Present – A Historical Quest. His popular monthly column titled ‘Urban Musing’ in The Assam Tribune chronicles the subtle nuances of the city of Guwahati. He is a visiting guest faculty at Cotton University where he teaches ‘poetry and creative writing’. He presently teaches English and Social Sciences at his alma mater – Don Bosco School, Guwahati.
His poems have been translated into Italian by noted Italian poet Giorgio Moio in Frequenze Poetiche, an Italian magazine published from Naples, Italy. Moreover, his poems have also been published in the Asian Times, a Canadian monthly news magazine published from Edmonton, Canada, Indian Literature, the prestigious bi-monthly English journal of the Sahitya Akademi, International Journal of Poetry Kritya, online art and poetry group East India Poets, national dailies like The Telegraph, and regional dailies like The Assam Tribune and The Sentinel. He was invited by the Sahitya Akademi for the All India Young Writers’ Meet held at the Guwahati Book Fair, December 29-30, 2018. He was also invited to the Apeejay Kolkata Literature Festival (AKLF) – 2020 (January 17-19, 2020) and the Mystic Kalinga Festival, Odisha, (February 8-9, 2020).
1) Freelance Journalist, The Assam Tribune: (since September 13, 1997)
2) News Coordinator & News Anchor, English News Desk, North East Television (NETV) (2005-2006)
3) Sub-Editor, Editorial Page, The Sentinel (2007)
4) Columnist, The Assam Tribune: (since April, 2013)
Literary Festivals/Poetry Festivals:
1) Asia International Literary Festival, Guwahati, December 3-5, 2010.
2) All India Young Writers’ Meet (Sahitya Akademi), Guwahati, December 29-30, 2018.
3) Brahmaputra Literary Festival (BLF), Guwahati, February 9-11, 2019.
4) Apeejay Kolkata Literature Festival (AKLF), Kolkata, January 17-20, 2020.
5) Mystic Kalinga Festival, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, February 8-9, 2020.