Born 1986 in Delhi/India.
Maaz Bin Bilal is a poet, a translator, and an academic. His first collection of poetry, Ghazalnama: Poems from Delhi, Belfast, and Urdu (2019), was shortlisted for the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar award (Indian Academy of Letters Youth Prize). His translation of Fikr Taunvi’s Partition diary, The Sixth River (2019), garnered favorable reviews. Both books have been taught at universities in the USA such as Cornell and Rowan, and in India such as at the University of Delhi. His most recent publication is a translation of Mirza Ghalib’s Persian long poem on Banaras, Temple Lamp (2022), which has received favorable commendations.
Maaz was the recipient of the Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship in writing and translation (2018–2019) with Literature Across Frontiers and the University of Wales. He holds a PhD on the politics of friendship in E. M. Forster’s work from Queen’s University Belfast that he completed on an AHRC fellowship and hopes to convert into a monograph. Maaz completed his studies with a BA (Hons.), MA, and MPhil in English at the University of Delhi. He teaches literary studies at O. P. Jindal Global University in India. He enjoys hiking, birding, football, motorbiking, gardening, and cooking, not always in that order.