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Hassanal Abdullah
Hassanal Abdullah at home (2017)
Hassanal Abdullah at home (2017)
Born (1967-04-14) 14 April 1967 (age 54)
Occupationpoet, translator, editor, publisher
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W. Wolak, H. Abdullah, Stanley H. Barkan & J.Pijarowski during HOMER - The European Medal of Poetry and Art meeting in New York City (2017)

Hassanal Abdullah (Bengali language: হাসানআল আব্দুল্লাহ, born 14 April 1967) is a Bangladeshi-American poet, novelist, critic, translator and the editor of Shabdaguchha,[1] a Bilingual (Bengali-English) poetry magazine. He is a High School teacher of mathematics in New York City. From 2016 he is a member of the board of HOMER - The European Medal of Poetry and Art appointed in Brussels.

Hassanal Abdullah introduced a new form of sonnets (Swatantra Sonnets), in which he used a seven-seven stanza pattern and abcdabc efgdefg rhyming scheme.[2] This sonnet form has also been adapted by Carolyn Gill, a London Poet.[3] He wrote more than 210 such sonnets in Bengali and translated some of them into English.[4] His work has been translated into English, French, Spanish, Polish, Chinese and Korean languages.[5] He has also performed at LIU POST — the Long Island University Creative Writing Center, as a feature poet,[6] and contributed to the World Poetry Year Book 2014 and 2015 Published from China.[7]

Hassanal Abdullah received Lebu Bhai Foundation Award (2013) for his sonnet and in 2007 he was an honorable mention for the Queens Borough, New York, Poet Laureate.[8]


In English[]

  • Breath of Bengal (Cross-cultural Communications, 2000) ISBN 9780893042684
  • Poets of Bangladesh (Translated: Cross-Cultural Communications, 2008) ISBN 978-0893040130
  • Selected Poems of Humayun Azad (Translated: Bivas Publisher, 2014) ISBN 9847034301687
  • Under the Thin Layers of Lights (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2015) ISBN 978-0893047894
  • Hollowness on the Horizon, by Naznin Seamon (Translated: Feral Press, 2016)
  • Swatantra Sonnets: Bengali with English Translation by the Author (Feral Press, 2017) ISBN 978-0893045920
  • The Back Side (English Poetry: Feral Press, 2019) ISBN 978-1733028509
  • Contemporary Bangladeshi Poetry (Selected and Translated: Feral Press & Cross-Cultural Communications, 2019) ISBN 978-0893046842

In Bengali[]


  • Acobinsho Shatabdir Agay (Before the 21St Century, Lata-Pata Publication, 1993)
  • Golaper Nam Tumi (Rose as You are, Dhaka Prokason, 1994)
  • Shakunara Bhalo Achha (Vultures are Well, Agamee, 1996) ISBN 9848004211
  • Sonnetguchha O Onnaya Kobita (Sonnets and Other Poems), Preeti Prokason, Dhaka, 1996)
  • Andherer Saman Bayas (Old as Darkness, Bud Publications, 2002) ISBN 9844822533
  • Bori Gachha Chori Nacha (A Sparaw Dances on a Broi Branch, Lebu Bhai Foundation, 2008)
  • Ek Posla Somoy (A Glimse of Time, Shahittya Bikash, 2009) ISBN 9848320687
  • Kobitay Bangabondhu (Poetry On Bangabandhu, Shabdaguchha Press, 2nd ed, 2010)
  • Chhara Mohashoya (Rhyme Kingdom, Ananya, 2011) ISBN 9847010503845
  • Cafer Kobita (Caffe’s Poetry, Shahittya Bikash, 2012) ISBN 9789848320532
  • Shit Shukano Rod (Cold Drying Sun, Ananya, 2013) ISBN 9789849028154
  • Swatantra Sonnet (Swatantra Sonnets, 3rd ed, Dhurapada, 2014)ISBN 9789848919736
  • Nirbachito Kobita (Selected Poems, 2nd ed, Anayna, 2014) ISBN 9847010502770
  • Nirbachito Ekshow Kobita (100 Selected Poems, Anaya Prokash, 2016) ISBN 9789845023214
  • Britter Kengryo Kobiter Mukh (Faces at the Center, Anupranon, 2016) ISBN 9789849189282
  • Nakkhotra O Manusher Prochhed (Star and Human Cantata, 2nd ed, Anayna, 2017) ISBN 9789844322790
  • Chharachhori (Scattered Verse, Sound Bangla, 2017) ISBN 9879849256007


  • Kobiter Chhando (Rhythms of Poetry, Bangla Academy, 1997) ISBN 9840735047
  • Shaheed Quaderi: Somoyer Sampanna Swar : The Perfect Voice of Time, Labu Bhai Foundation, 2005) ISBN 9843226615
  • Humayun Azad: Raktakto Kobir Mukh : A poet's Face in Blood, Shahittya Bikash, 2007) ISBN 984832092X
  • Kobiter Janmodag (The Birthmark of Poetry, Mowla Brothers, 2008) ISBN 9847015600327
  • Nari O Kobitar KachhaKachhi, (Near Women and Poetry, Anayna, 2012) ISBN 9847010505115
  • Aytijja O Bakti Prothiva (Individual Talents, Shabdagsoili, 2016) ISBN 9789849142741


  • Ahoto Mukul (Wounded Buds, Agamee, 1995) ISBN 9844012287
  • Dahor (Abyss, Hatakhori, 2014) ISBN 9847020001546

Short Stories[]

  • Saytaner Panch Pa (Satan’s Five Legs, Anayna, 2015) ISBN 9879849119209

Translated from English to Bengali[]

  • Biswha Kobitar Koyed Chhatra (A Synopsis of World Poetry, Shahittya Bikash, 2008) ISBN 9848320083


  • Boimelay Etdin (Eight Days in the Book Fair, Anayna, 2009) ISBN 9847010501605



  • Dui Banglar Premer Kobita (Love Poems of Two Bengals, Editor: Shamsur Rahman (poet), Shahitom, 2003)
  • Long Island Sound: An Anthology of Poetry (Editor: Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan, The North Sea Poetry Scene Press, 2009)
  • Bish Shataker Banglakobita (Bengali Poetry of the Twentieth Century, Editor: Rahman Henry, Bhashachitra, 2009)
  • Writing Outside the Line (Editor: Peter V. Dugan,, 2013)
  • Nobboi Doshoker Nirbachito Kobita (Selected Poems of the Nineties, Editor: Robiul Manik, Bivas, 2014)
  • World Poetry: Year Book 2014 (Editor: Zhang Zhi, The Earth Culture Press, 2015)
  • Birds: A Flight of Poems (Editor: Joan Digby, Feral Press, 2016)
  • World Poetry: Year Book 2015 (Editor: Zhang Zhi, The Earth Culture Press, 2016)
  • Bridging the Water: An International Bilingual Poetry Anthology (Editor: Yoon-Ho Cho & Stanley H. Barkan)


Paterson Literary Review, Lips, Asbestos, Korean Expatriate Literature, Urhalpool, Brownstone Poets, Bangalee United States; The Seventh Quarry UK, Immagine & Poesia Italy; Chandrabhaga, The Peripheral Review, Desh, Gignasha India; Poetry Journal Vietnam; Krytyka Literacka Poland; Anubhuti, Shaluk, Ekobinsho, Charcha, Koitapatra Bangladesh


  • 2003 Diploma Prize, World Congress of Poets for poetry Research and Recitation
  • 2007 Honorable Mention, Queens Borough Poet Laureate13
  • 2013 Lebu Bhai Foundation Award
  • 2016 Homer European Medal of Poetry and Art
  • 2019 Translation Grant, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

See also[]

  • Bengali language
  • History of Bengali literature
  • List of Bengali-language authors (alphabetical)


  1. "information about magazine". Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  2. "H. A. at festival". themassachusettspoetryfestival. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  3. "information about C. Gill & Abdulah sonnets". Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  4. "information about bilingual translation". Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  5. "information about translation". Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  6. "H. A. as a feature poet at Long Islan Creativity Center". Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  7. "Information about publication". Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  8. "List of laureats" (PDF). Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  9. "information about publications". Retrieved 18 March 2017.

External links[]

  • [1] - Shabdaguchha
  • [2] - Risinigbd
  • [3] - Mukto-Mona
  • [4] - Boinews24
  • [5] - Crossroads
  • [6] - The Daily Star

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