Dr. Queen Sarkar (b.1991), is an Assistant Professor, researcher, poet and translator from India. She has pursued her PhD from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in Contemporary Indian English Poetry, ranging across a variety of themes and theories: like, cosmopolitanism, adaptation and appropriation, curation, translation, white space, line breaks and ekphrasis. The title of her thesis is “A Poetics of Cosmopolitanism: Contemporary Indian English Poetry and the Shared Global Poetic Imaginary”.
As a poet she has been invited to literary conferences, events and festivals in various parts of India - Yercaud Poetry Festival (invited as a panelist), Tamil Nadu; Cochin Lit Fest, Cochin, Amaravati Poetic Prism 2019- 5th International Multilingual Poets’ Meet, Vijaywada, Chennai Poets’ Circle Meet, Chennai, Prime International Poetry Fest, Mannarkkad. She was invited as Guest of Honour in World Thinkers and Writers’ Peace meet organized by the International Society for Intercultural Studies and Research (2019).
She was awarded a certificate for poetry recitation by Padma Vibushan Dr Sitakant Mahapatra in Amaravati Poetic Prism: International Multilingual Poets’ Meet on (2019). In addition to this she has secured second position in Hindi Poetry Competition, organized by the Rajbhasa Vibhag, IIT Kharagpur (2018). She has also secured first position in a poetry competition in the Annual Competition, organized by the City Delegacies, Banaras Hindu University (2012). She was awarded with H.P Roy Memorial Award for ‘Best Performance in Elocution’ for the year 2007-2008 organised by DAV, Bariatu.
Her poetry has been published in various international journals and anthologies including, Global Poetry: International Anthology of Poems, Setu: A Bilingual and Peer - Reviewed Journal of Literature, Arts, and Culture (Pittsburgh, USA), Amaravati Poetic Prism, Efflorescence (CPC 2019), and Museindia (My Space).
It was while pursuing her HSC from DAV Bariatu, Ranchi that she gave a serious thought to focus on the study of English language and Literature. Given the environment at home and her father's profession as a professor of Hindi and the sustained inspiration given by her grandfather, Late Shri Jagadish Chandra Mitra through his powerful rendition of poetry and narration of stories, she realized that her mind is a fertile region for a serious study of languages and literature. This steered her to take up English literature for her Undergradution from St. Xavier's College, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India and Postgraduation from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. Right now she is focusing on composing and reciting or rather performing poetry in English, Hindi and Bangla.
As a researcher, her research articles, book reviews and papers have been published in various international journals including Setu, Ashvamegh Indian Journal of English Literature, Poetcrit, Creative Forum, Conifers Call: Shimla Journal of Poetry and Criticism, The Volcano: An Eruption of Literary Lava. Her review of Sudeep Sen’s collection of poems, Fractals (Poetry Beyond Boundaries: A Review of Sudeep Sen’s Fractals) has also been incorporated in Wings Press, Barnes & Noble (Editorial Reviews), Booktopia (Industry Reviews), Independent Publishers Group (Reviews).
She was invited by the University of Kentucky, Lexington to moderate a session titled, “Exclusion, Displacement, and Adaptation” in the KFLC: The Languages, Literatures, and Cultural Conferences (2018). Here paper titled, “A Song for Every Voice: Tales of Dissent in Karthika Nair’s Until the Lions” was selected in the 2018 KFLC: The Languages, Literatures, and Cultural Conferences, organized by The University of Kentucky, Lexington.
During her M.Phil from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad (2014), she has done her research on New Zealand literature and the precarious existence of women in the sex industry and its subculture. The title of her M.Phil research is ‘A Lesbian Critical Study of Raewyn Alexander’s Fat’. This study has decoded the conventional gender roles which focused only on a woman’s genital sexual desire with another woman as the definition of lesbian. The concept of ‘woman identified woman’ and ‘lesbian continnum’ has been expanded in this work, under the supervision of prominent poet Dr R.K Singh.
As an Assistant Professor of communication she has provided training to Korean and Syrian students to augment their English Communication proficiency in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing and personality development. She was also invited as a Resource Person and Speaker by the PG Department of English N.S.S. College Ottapalam for SPOT: One Day Workshop on Communication Skills Enhancement on 17th February, 2020. Invited as a guest for the Association Inauguration of the Department of English – Lingua Franca 2019. She has successfully completed all required elements (learning outcomes, assignments and projects) of the online courses (Business Management & Travel and Tourism) from Oxford Home Study College. Sarkar has also organized National Conference on “New Paradigms of Management” conducted by General Management Area of Rajagiri Business School on 28th January, 2020. She has organized presentation on Environmental issues to create awareness among the students. This presentation also focused on the formulation of Environmental Impact Assessment Policy/ Green Business Plan/ Environmental Sensitive Policy for a particular Industry or an Organization.
Sarkar has been appointed to work as an Ambassador for Climate Action Group: Global Youth Action Climate Initiative effective since February 2020. She is part of a growing community of millions of people worldwide who have come together in support of taking urgent steps to halt the growing climate crisis.
She has achieved the “Top Four Young Innovators of Jharkhand” award by State Consultation on Innovation, organized by Government of Jharkhand and Centre for Innovations and Public Systems, Hyderabad (2013).
She is certified as “Cesim Certified Trainer” by Mr. Veijo Kyosti (CEO, Cesim) on 29th November, 2019.
Sarkar is also a premium member of Motivational Strips (honoured with Gold rated membership) as per the nomination received from MSARC member Muhammad Shanazar, Shiju H. Pallithazheth, along with additional consultation with President-Advisory Kairat Duissenov Parman.