Faculty Profile


Dr. Akhil Katyal


  • PhD, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 2011
  • MA English, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, 2008
  • B.A. (H) English, Hindu College, University of Delhi, 2006

Past Experience

  •  Assistant Professor, Department of English, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Shiv Nadar University (2013-2018)
  •  Assistant Professor, Department of English, Ramjas College, University of Delhi (2013)
  •  Assistant Professor, Department of English, St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi (2013)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of English, S.G.T.B Khalsa College, University of Delhi (2012)

My Zone / Area of Expertise

Creative Writing: Poetry, Indian Poetry in English and in Translation, Queer and LGBT Studies, Translation Practice and Theory, Critical Theory


  • International Writing Fellow, at the University of Iowa International Writing Program, Fall Semester 2016
  • Poetry book How Many Countries Does the Indus Cross, Winner of the Editor’s Choice Award from The Great Indian Poetry Collective, 2016
  • Poetry book Night Charge Extra shortlisted for the Muse India Satish Verma National Award, 2015.
  • International Writers Residency, Stockton University, New Jersey, November 2016
  • Selected as one of the five best emerging Indian writers after a nationwide competition in Aug ‘14 by The Caravan Magazine and The Columbia University Global Centre in France, and invited to share his work at the Writers of India Festival (Paris, Sept, ‘14).



  • [Books of Poems] How Many Countries Does the Indus Cross (forthcoming The Great Indian Poetry Collective: New York and Bangalore, 2018)
  • [Book of Poems] Night Charge Extra (Writers Workshop: Kolkata, 2015)
  • [Academic Monograph]The Doubleness of Sexuality: Idioms of Same-Sex Desire in Modern India (New Text; New Delhi: 2016)
  • [Co-edited Book] Katyal, Akhil and Dasgupta, Anannya (ed.), 2014, This Unsettling Place: Readings in American Literature - A Critical Anthology (Worldview Publications, New Delhi: 2014)
  • [Translated Book] For the City to Happen in Love tr. of Ravish Kumar’s Ishq Mein ShaharHona(forthcoming Speaking Tiger: New Delhi, 2018)
  • [Co-Translated Book] Dabral, Mangalesh, This Number Does Not Exist: Poems, Poetrywala: 2014 and B.O.A Editions: 2016, Co-translators: Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Christi Merrill, Rupert Snell, Asad Zaidi et al., Hindi to English.


Creative Publications: Poetry/Translations



  • [Journal Article] 'Laundebaazi: Of Habits and Politics in North India', 2013, in Legg, Stephen and Roy, Srila (ed.) Special Issue Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, New York, ISSN 1369-801X (print), 1469-929X. - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1369801X.2013.849417
  • [Journal Article] 'How the Homosexual Came To Be: A Journey Through Freud', July 2009, in Sharma, Ash and Sharma, Sanjay (ed.) Darkmatter: In the Ruins of Imperial Culture: An International Peer-Reviewed Journal, London, ISSN 2041-3254. - http://www.darkmatter101.org/site/2009/07/24/how-the-homosexual-came-to-be/
  • [Book chapter] - ‘Agha Shahid Ali as Krishna, or, The Limits of the Secular in Kashmir’, April 2013, CSDS Sarai Collective (ed.), Projections: Sarai Reader 09, Delhi, ISBN 978-93-82388-03-6. - http://archive.sarai.net/files/original/1c99bedd89fc47c7d5e2352608e21669.pdf
  • [Book chapter] - 'Gay Writing and The Idea of Doubleness', Dec 2013, in (ed.) Dasgupta, Rohit &Gokulsing, Moti K., Masculinity and its Challenges in India, Jefferson, NC: Mcfarland, ISBN: 978-0-7864-7224-6. - goo.gl/ehQ2DE
  • [Book chapter] - 'The Reascription of Hurt: When Abu Gharaib came to Kashmir', 2012, Kashmir Dispatch, Srinagar, 2014, Ramdev, Rina (ed.), The State of Hurt: Sentiment, Politics, Censorship, Sage Publications: Delhi. - https://goo.gl/xt99uC
  • [Journal Article] 'No 'Sexuality' for All: The Use of Personal Narratives in Contemporary Indian Sexual Rights Movement', in Spring 2010, Schulze K., Harvey R.N., Kraemer A., Tilche A., Unterbarnscheidt M., Zhen W. (ed.) Polyvocia SOAS Journal of Graduate Research Vol 2, London.
  • [Book chapter] With Brinda Bose and Vaibhav I Parel, ‘Decolonizing the Classroom: In Search of ‘New’ Pedagogies for ‘New’ Literatures?’, 2008, Southern Postcolonialisms, ed. SumanyuSatpathy, Routledge, ISBN-13: 978-0415480253.
  • [Book chapter] 'Me, My Mother and a Thousand Ways of Imagining this Fucking Law in Place', 2011, in Gupta, Alok and Narrain, Arvind (ed.) Law like Love: Queer Perspective on Law, Yoda Press: New Delhi, ISBN-13: 978-9380403144.
  • [Paper] 'Colonial India and Genealogy at Sea', Apr 2015, in Arvind Radhakrishnan (ed.) The Bangalore Review, Vol. III Issue 3, Bangalore.
  • [Journal Article] 'Notes on Comfort', Mar-Jun 2010, in Soni, Rahul and Kiradoo, Giriraj (ed.) Pratilipi: A Bilingual Quarterly Journal Issue 12, New Delhi.