Pravat Kumar Padhy hails from Berhampur, Orissa, India. Professionally a Petroleum Geologist, ONGC, India. Holds Masters in Science and Ph.D in Applied Geology from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. Published literary articles and poems in leading English news papers, journals, anthologies and e-zines. Literary work referred in ‘Interviews with Indian Writing in English’, Indian Literature, Anger in Action: Exploration in Indian Writing in English, Spectrum History of Indian Literature in English, Alienation in Contemporary Indian English Poetry, A Survey of Indian English Poetry etc. Awarded “Certificate of Honour” from Writer’s Life Line, Canada. Included in International Who’s Who in Poetry and Poets, Literary article titled “Abstract Poems” adjudged as the 2nd best entry in the Asian American Poetry e-Journal. Member, World Society of Poets, USA, Honoured as “Featured Poet” by Poetry Street e-Journal, UK, Editors’ Choice Poet award at Poetbay, USA. Recipient of Poetry award from Writers Guild of India.
Short poems, Haiku,Tanka and Haibun appeared in journals in India, USA, UK, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Germany, France, Scotland, Serbia etc. Free verses appeared in various news paper and journals including The Times of India, The Indian Express, Commonwealth Quarterly, Skylark, ByWord, Poetry Time, Poet, Canopy, Art and Poetry Today, Creative Forum, Poetcrit, Youth Age, University Today, Literary Endeavour, Poesie, Kritya ,The Enchanted Verses, The Houston Literary Review, The Poets of Living Waters, Aphelion etc.
His Japanese short form of poetry has been published in World Haiku Review, Lynx, Akita Haiku International Network, The Four Seasons Haiku, Poetbay, Poetry Pages, Dreamer’s Reality, The Writer’s Literary Muse, Anglo-Japanese Society (Tanka Online), The Notes From the Gean, Ambrosia, Sketchbook, Atlas Poetica, Kokako, Berry Blue Haiku, Simply Haiku, The Mainichi Daily News, Asahi Haikuist Network, Haiku Reality, The Heron’s Nest, Chrysanthemum, A Hundred Gourds, Magnapoets, Shamrock etc. Short write-up on haiku posted on blog: Blogging along Toobaccoroad. Featured in World Kigo Database, India Saijiki. Haiku awarded “Honourable Mention” by The Mainichi Daily News for the Best of English Haiku:2010. Awarded Haiku Reality Editors’ Choice, Second Best of Issue, June, 2011. Haiku displayed in the HSA: Haiku Wall, Liberty Theatre Gallery, Bend, Oregon, USA, June 3-5, 2011. Some of his haiku are translated into Japanese, Serbian, Germany and Odia.
Credited publication of verses, “Silence of the Seas”, and “The Tiny Pebbles”. The third volume of verse, “Songs of Love- A Celebration” is in press (Writers Workshop Publication)
Member, World Poets Society, USA and United Minds for Peace Society (UMFPS) and many overseas literary journals.