Bilingual in Burmese and English
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Zephyr Press, 9781938890857, 104pp.
Publication Date: January 4, 2022
About the Author
ko ko thett's poetic life was discreetly launched when he took it upon himself to edit a samizdat poetry collection at the Yangon Institute of Technology in Myanmar in 1994. After departing the country in 1997, thett began writing in English and has published in literary journals worldwide, from the Griffith Review to Granta. He won an English PEN translation award for the seminal anthology Bones will Crow: 15 Contemporary Burmese Poets (ARC, UK), which he co-edited with James Byrne. His debut collection of poems in English, The Burden of Being Burmese (Zephyr, 2015), is listed on World Literature Today's Nota Benes. His work has been widely anthologized and translated into several languages including Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese and Finnish. He is an Honorary Fellow in Writing at the University of Iowa, poetry editor for Mekong Review and country editor for Myanmar at Poetry International [the Netherlands]. After a whirlwind tour of Asia, Europe and North America for two decades, thett happily resettled in Sagaing in his native Myanmar in 2017, where he published poetry books in Burmese. As of 2021 he is most likely to be spotted in the Golden Triangle of Norwich, UK. thett continues to write in both Burmese and English.