Ayub Khawar

Ayub Khawar is one of the most renowned contemporary poets from Pakistan, his family name is Muhammad Ayub Khan. He was born in District Chakwal (Punjab) on 12th October, 1948. He got his early education from the local school. He did his Master Degree in Urdu Literature from Karachi University in 1974. The detail of Ayub Khawar’s contribution to Urdu poetry and production of PTV programmes is very long. He worked in PTV as Producer, Director and Playwright of drama serials, series, and long plays. He also produced quiz shows, talk shows, musical shows; reality shows and literature based programs and got retirement in 2005. In reward of his huge contribution he was bestowed several awards like PTV National Awards, Graduate Awards, Bolan Awards, Nigaar Awards, Lux Style Awards. Upon his remarkable services for TV drama industry, in years 2013-2014. He was Awarded “Pride of Performance Award” from the government of Pakistan. Recently, he has been awarded “CROSS OF PEACE 2016” and “STARS OF THE WORLD 2017” by The World Union of Poets. “ICON OF PEACE AWARD 2017” by The World Institute of Peace Nigeria and Naji Naman’s Literary Honour prize 2017 Naji Naman’s Foundation for Gratis Culture (FGC) Lebenon and the award Best Poet Of 2017 by the “International poetry translation and research center CHONGQING China”. Moreover, his poem “A Cry of a Syrian Child “was also acclaimed and nominated by the “Different Truths” and won Editor’s Choice Award For The Peace Anthology. As a poet his work included Gul-e-Mausam-E-Khizaan (1992 First Edition), Tumhain Janay Ki Jaldi Thi (1998 First Edition), Bohat Kuch Kho Gaya Hai (2009 First Edition), Mohabbat Ki Kitab (2012 First Edition), and Symphony And Other Poems (selected poems translated from Urdu to English 2016) 

After retirement from PTV he joined GEO TV as Senior Executive Producer/Director of Soaps, Serials and special projects such as thematic long plays. Moreover, he was selected as a project head to convert the most criticized Islamic Film “THE MESSAGE” from English to Urdu. He revamped, National Anthem of Pakistan amongst more than 40 well known singers for the first time in history of GEO TV. From 2013 to onwards he has been working as a project head of renowned comedy program “Mazaaq Raat”. His professional career led him to work at different PTV Stations throughout Pakistan. Being one of the most innovative producers, he transformed short stories of the very prominent and stalwart epoch making literacy figures of the country into a very potent dramatic format and they were presented on PTV and other channels; consequently his efforts as a producer engendered a very positive trend that the viewers who had disconnected themselves from urdu fiction again inclined to book-reading. Among those whose works were converted into dramatic format and appreciated in the sub-continent, were Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, Ashfaq Ahmed, Intizar Hussain, Ghulam Abass, Sa’adat Hassan Manto, Bano Qutsia, Khadija Mastoor, Hajira Masroor, Abdullah Hussain and Gulzar (the indian short story writer and famous film director and lyricist).

Besides, Ayub Khawar’s creativity, he has a unique approach towards writing lyrics for feature films and theme songs for TV drama. Ayub Khawar’s SYMPHONY AND OTHER POEMS is an English version of his poems selected from his books mentioned above. These poems have been translated into English by Muhammad Shanazar: an internationally recognized poet and translator. This creative work of Ayub Khawar will open new doors of recognition for him in English speaking countries of the western world across the globe.

Miss. Irannii Saikia

Miss. Irannii Saikia hails from Boiragimoth Dibrugarh, Assam, India. She is a teacher by her profession and poetry is her passion. She lives a very simple life and likes to live it happily. Through of these experiences she get inspiration and writes about life, nature and love of human beings, she depicts true image of life by expressing herself on human sentiments and issues like loneliness of youngers or elders and mysteries of the world.

Dr. Nikhat Bano

Dr. Nikhat Bano is an ESP (English for Specific Purposes) Instructor. She is into poetry writing for the past two and half years. The themes on which she loves to write are; love, romance, spiritualism, life and death. She has also ventured into the world of story writing. So far, she has penned down one poetry book by the name of ‘Sonorous Words’. Her second poetry book will shortly hit the literary world. The second book is a compilation of micro-poems and quatrains. Most of them are merit awarded by renowned poetry groups, poetry e-portals and international journals. According to her – ‘Poetry writing is an intensely personal thing. It doesn’t wait for a perfect occasion or an ideal location. It’s a sweet and sour sensation which flows out from your heart and spread in your eyes through tears, and through ink on your paper’.

Philo Malize King

Philo Malize King is a Freelance Writer, Humanist, Philosopher and Poet President WUP-Anambra Nigeria. Poet at International Network Of Poets – INOP, Writer at Writer Poet/Writer at Charishalom Universal Promotions – CUP, Former Poet/Writer at PHILOSOPHIQUE POETICA, Studied Metaphysics at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Studied Philosophy at University of Benin, Went to AIR FORCE SECONDARY SCHOOL NAF BASE MAKURDI, BENUE STATE, NIGERIA. Lives in Enugu, Anambra, Nigeria.

Despina Kontaxis

Despina Kontaxis a Poetess and Translator was born in Greece on 22 July 1978. She is a recipient of Poeta Crociato Dell’ Unione Mondiale Dei Poeti –Crusader Poet of World Union of Poets (Italy),  ‘Pride of the Globe-2017, by World Nations Writers’ Union of Kazakhstan ‘WNWU’, 1st Book Award by ISGWA for the book "Pravi-100 years of freedom" (Greece), 2nd Award at the 1st International Poetry Competition OLTEPA for the poem "Eros-wine-vineyard" (Greece), Mahatma Fule Talent Research Academy with the Mahatma Fule International Award,(Nagpur, India), 3 World Awards at the World Poetry Competition Interartia for the poems "The fall of Trapezounta", "Cries" and "Heritage". Book Award by the International Society of Greek Writers and Artists ISGWA for her book "The    loneliness of the bedwalker" (Greece) Book Award "Midnight" by the ISGWA for the book "The purple kiss"(Greece). Honorary Distinction by the Panhellenic Union of  Writers at the 26th Delphi Poetry Competition. (Greece), Award "Ares" for the poem "You are the light" at the 1st Mediterranean Poetry Competition (Greece) Metal by the UPLI for her contribution to World Brotherhood and Poetry (Greece). Honored by her Municipality for her contribution to poetry.

Award by the ISGWA for the total of her poetry work (Greece), 3 World Awards at the World Poetry Competition Interartia for her poems "Echo of tragedy", "Gloven balloon" and "Man was made" (Greece), "Award-Metal of Benefator" for the District of Kavala, Greece for her contribution in promoting the area where she lives through the Art of Poetry (Greece). Her poems have been selected by:  The UN Disarmament Office, her poem "Hibakusha", was selected for the top 10 in promoting Disarmament through Poetry (Japan), her poem “Sentimental Parade” was included in the Wedding Anthology "A Royal Romance" by Forward Press for William and Kate (UK). She is a recipient of Honorary Doctorate of Letters (UK) and Honorary Doctor of Poetry (Greece).