Hoshang Merchant

The poet in repose: Hyderabad 1999Born in 1947 to a Zoroastrian business-family in Bombay, India, Hoshang Merchant graduated second in his BA Class (1968) with a major in English and a minor in the culture of India. From his mother's family he descends from a line of preachers and teachers. He holds a Master's from Occidental College, Los Angeles. At Purdue University he specialized in the Renaissance and Modernism. Anais Nin and he corresponded for four years. His book on Nin, In-discretions, earned him a Ph.D. from Purdue in 1981 and is published by Writers Workshop which has also published eight books of his poetry since 1989. He helped establish Gay Liberation at Purdue. Since leaving Purdue in 1975, Merchant has attended the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Centre, Massachusetts and lived and taught in Heidelberg, Iran and Jerusalem where he was exposed to various radical student movements of the Left. He has studied Buddhism at the Tibetan Library at Dharamsala, north India, as well as Islam in Iran and Palestine. Rupa and Co. published his book of poems Flower to Flame in 1992 in the New Poetry in India series. Currently he teaches Poetry and Surrealism at Hyderabad University and is unmarried by choice. (From the Author blurb, Yaraana)

By/On Hoshang Merchant

Geja Poeto: Mother Hoshang -- A Statement by Hoshang Merchant during the screening of the film at the Hyderabad’i’ Documentary and Short Film Festival, Hyderabad, 20 March 2005

Enkondukvortoj de Hoshang MERCHANT dum la surekranigo de la filmo Geja Poeto: Mother Hoshang

An Epoch has Ended with Dom, Deccan Chronicle, 27 Jun 2004

Rhythms and Blues -- Report in The Hindu (24 Feb 2004) on the launch of Bellagio Blues

Hoshang Merchant - The Poetry of Jalwah, Aparajita Roy Sinha, Channel 6, Jul 2003 

"Hoshang is a poet-bard ֠and bards traditionally sang of truths that others did not know or were afraid to speak."

Bimal Roy's Devdas, Sep 2002

"I do not agree that Devdas is a man's film. Like all Bimal Roy movies it is an essay on the Indian woman."

Thoughts on AnaﳠNin and life-writing, with excerpts from No Manҳ Land  

Eating Out: Hoshang Merchant dines Jameela Nishat, Outlook, 17 Dec 2001

Sar Pe Lal Topi Parsi: Hoshang Merchant on being Indian (Essay in the magazine Outlook, 20 Aug 2001) 

Gay Abandon: Hoshang Merchant profiled in the magazine The Week, 4 Apr 1999

"Effervescent teacher, delightful person, trusted friend, prolific poet, committed crusader for the rights of homosexuals... that's Hoshang Merchant" By N U Abhilash

Hoshang Merchant's collections of poetry

Bellagio Blues (2004) Bellagio Blues: Click to enlarge image Click to enlarge image | Contents

The Birdless Cage (1997)

The Heart in Hiding (1996) 

Love's Permission (1996)

On Travel (2001-2002; Work in Progress)

Selected Poems (1999) 

Stone to Fruit (1989) 

Voyage to Spring: Poems for a Feckless Youth (2001)

Work in Progress

Yusuf in Memphis (1991)


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