HEMANT DIVATE is a poet, editor, publisher, translator and poetry activist.
He is the author of eight poetry collections in Marathi. His most recent book in Marathi is Paranoia (2020), which was awarded by Govt. of Maharashtra’s Kavi Keshavsut Purskar. Divate’s poems have been translated into more than 30 international languages. In translation, he has a book each in Spanish, Irish, Arabic, German and Estonian apart from four in English. His poems figure in numerous anthologies in Marathi, English and Slovenian.
He is the founder-editor of the Marathi little magazine AbhidhaNantar. AbhidhaNantar has been credited for providing a solid platform to new poets and for enriching the post-nineties Marathi literary scene. Divate is credited with changing the Marathi literary scene through AbhidhaNantar and the Indian English poetry scene through his imprint Poetrywala.
Divate has participated in numerous international poetry and literature festivals across the globe. His publishing house, Paperwall Publishing has published (under its imprint Poetrywala) more than 150 poetry collections. Hemant lives and works in Mumbai.