Keshab Sigdel, poet and writer, member of the World nation writers’ union and chief representative WNWU in Nepal.
He (born in 1979 in Bardiya, Nepal) is a poet, editor, academic and a rights activist based in Kathmandu. He teaches at the Central Department of English, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, as an assistant professor of English. His published poetry books include Samaya Bighatan (Dissolution of Time, Kathmandu: 2007), Six Strings (co-authored, Kathmandu: 2011), and Barve Sonca/Colours of the Sun (Poesis, Slovenia: 2017).
Editor of An Anthology of Contemporary Nepali Poetry (Big Bridge, USA: 2016), he also edits two other journals Rupantaran (publication of Translation Department, Nepal Academy, the apex body of Literature and Arts in Nepal) and Of Nepalese Clay (English literary magazine of the Society of Nepali Writers in English).
He has served as an editor for academic journals Perspectives on Higher Education (2016), SciMass (Islamabad, 2016-2017) Devkota Studies (2012-2014), Literary Studies (2009-2012), Chrysanthemum (2004), and Pragya (2006). He has convened several academic and literary conferences and seminars including Annual Conference of Literary Association of Nepal, Mahakavi Devkota Annual Conference, International Theater Seminar and NWEN Writing Workshops. He has also translated Indira Prasai's Nepali novel Ranamaya and Bhanubhakta Acharya's epic Ramayana into English. Sigdel's poems and plays are taught in University and school level courses in Nepal.
He is the recipient of literary awards, 'Bhanubhakta Swarna Padak' (2014) and 'Kalashree Srijana Puraskar' (2015). Sigdel is affiliated with a number of literary organizations including Foundation of SARRC Writers and Literature, and International PEN Nepal Chapter. Sigdel is also the Founding Member of Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Association (Australia), Vice President of Society of Nepali Writers in English, and Director at the Asian Center for Humanities. His poems are published in literary journals like Grey Sparrow (USA), Snow Jewel (USA), Syndic Literary Journal (USA), Sijo Saing'hwal (South Korea), Naya Gyanodaya (India), Sanskritc Khabar (Calcutta, India), The Art of Being Human (Canada), World Haiku Anthology (Japan), Elastic (USA), Kabita Bangla (Bangladesh), The Independent (Bangladesh), Kampala Poetry Anthology (Uganda), Of Nepalese Clay (Nepal), Nawa Kavita (Nepal), PEN-Point (Nepal) and Kalashree (Nepal) along with translations in Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Chinese, Slovene, Kannada, Sambalpuri, Japanese, and South Korean.
He has participated in several academic and literary events including SAARC Literary Festival, Darianagar International Poetry Festival, South Asian Poetry Festival for Peace, Myanmar Poetry Concert, and ASEAN and Asia Literary Conference, China-South and East Asia Literary Conference, International Conference on Environment, and other academic seminars at home and abroad. He is also actively involved in human rights activism and has faced dozens of arrests and detentions for his works for the cause of human rights in the country.
He has also served as the National Vice Chairperson of Nepal Section of Amnesty International, the world's largest human rights watch dog. He has extensively traveled to different parts of Nepal working for various social groups including local civil society leaders, women rights activist, local elected representatives, youths, teachers, police and army personals, administrators, lawyers, parliamentarians and politicians. He has involved himself in lobbying government in policy issues related to human rights.