As a co-editor of Skylark, Yogesh Patel has published international contemporary poetry since the seventies. Currently, he runs Skylark Publications UK and a non-profit Word Masala project to promote writers and poets of the South Asian diaspora. Yogesh is also a founder of the literary charity, Gujarati Literary Academy and he has served as its president. He was a Fellow of the International Poetry Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A recipient of the Freedom of the City of London, he has four LP records, two films, radio programmes, children’s book, fiction, and non-fiction books, including three poetry collections to his credit. In 2017, he was presented to The Queen in Buckingham Palace by The British Council to represent the best in poetry. Apart from being a recipient of the IWWP award, the International Scottish Diploma for excellence in poetry, Vatayan International Award for the Excellence in Poetry in the House of Lords, and a Hon. Diploma from the Italian University of Arts, he has received the Co-Op Award for the poetry on the environment. His recent collection of poems is Swimming with Whales. His poems have appeared in PN Review, The London Magazine, Shearsman, Under the Radar, IOTA, Envoi, Fire, Orbis, IPSE, BBC, Asian Literary Review, Muse India, Confluence, Asian Voice, Skylark, and others. He is also anthologised in MacMillan, Redbeck and other anthologies. He has read at many prestigious venues, including the House of Lords and the National Poetry Library, Southbank.
By profession, Yogesh is a qualified optometrist and an accountant. Author’s Website: www.patelyogesh.co.uk