Kumar Hassan is an Orissa Sahitya Academy award-winning bilingual poet, writer, translator, critic, and the former sub-editor of The Samaja who’s fifty-five books to his credit. He’s also a translator for Kendra Sahitya Academy, New Delhi. His other awards include the Basanta Muduli Poetry Award, Sachidananda Kavita Puraskar, and Paschima Kavita Puraskar, among others. His work has been translated into numerous foreign languages including French, Russian, German, and English. He lives in Sambalpur (Odisha), India.