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Hillol Ray
Garland, TX, United States of America

Poet Laureate, Author, and Song Writer, is an Environmental Engineer and Manager of Drinking Water Supply Enforcement Program, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Dallas, Texas. He has been writing poetry since the age of six, in his native language "Bengali". His poems are regularly published in Bengali magazines from Asia, Europe, Canada, Sweden, and North America and are currently being translated into English, Swedish, Spanish, German and French languages. Many issues of "Six Country Reporter" at EPA in Dallas have also published his English poems. But one of his recent poems, "Earth Day", has made him an "overnight" sensation. It was read at several local observations, presented at a celebration in Arizona, displayed by the Dallas Museum of Art, and has been published worldwide. It also earned him letters of personal recognition from President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Jr. and Indian Ambassador S.S. Ray (no relation) in Washington, DC. In addition, he has received letters of personal appreciations for his poems from Madame Francine Cousteau, President of the Cousteau Society, Inc. in Paris, France, (and wife of world renowned Oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau), and also from Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India. Recently his poems "Old Wine in New Bottle", "Homogenization - A Millennium Dream" have been selected as "Choice Poem" by the Australian Poetic Society. His poems have been displayed by the J.C. Penney, Inc., University of San Francisco in California, Cultural Association of Bengal in New York, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX; University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire; Rangsit University in Thailand, Bangkok; NetFriends of Tibet Site in Stockholm, Sweden; and also on the web pages of EPA in Washington, DC, the Asian-American Village from Boston, Massachusetts, and many other web sites from the USA and abroad. Recently, the lyrics from his poem "Diversity" have been included in the song album "Star Route U.S.A." released by Amerecord from Hollywood, California. He is frequently invited as a Guest Poet and Seminar Moderator by the various
cultural organizations, educational institutions, and public and university libraries and has been interviewed by numerous television stations. His biography has been published in the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership (Eighth and Ninth Editions - published by American Biographical Institute, Inc. from Raleigh, North Carolina), and poems have appeared in many popular anthologies.

His recently published new book "
Poems for the Third Millennium" is reviewed in our Book Reviews section.

Hillol, being an Environmental Engineer also appeals to celebrate the Earth Day for a brighter tomorrow.

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