GUWAHATI: City-based poet Saikh Md. Sabah Al-Ahmed has been awarded the prestigious Reuel International Prize for Poetry – 2019 in the Best Upcoming Poet from the North East of India category. Ahmed received the award during a solemn function held at the Press Club of India, New Delhi on Saturday.
The Reuel Prize is an International Prize for excellence in writing and literature that had its inception in 2014 and concentrates on poetry that encourages writers to produce their best work by giving them a beginning to aim higher, a release issued here on Monday said.
Quoting Dr. Ampat Varghese Koshy, a Pushcart Prize nominee for poetry 2012, and one of the six jury members, the release said Reuel International Prize jury is aware that the North East of India is a reservoir of great writing. T
“This time to point this out, we have given the prize to a young poet from Assam. Sabah Ahmed’s poems have been translated into Italian, published in international journals and magazines in countries like Italy, Canada, etc. He has two poetry collections, one praised by legendary Keki N Daruwalla and Mamoni Raisom Goswami,” Dr Koshy said.
Ahmed, who teaches English at Don Bosco School, Panbazar, Guwahati was also awarded the ‘Certificate of Excellence’ by the United Nations Association (UNA) – Assam for his outstanding literary achievements in the field of poetry and journalism.