Mir Mahfuz Ali

Mir Mahfuz Ali was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and studied at Essex University. He dances, acts and has worked as a male model and a tandoori chef. He has given readings and performances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and other theatres in Britain and beyond. His poems have appeared in The Poetry Review, London Magazine, Poetry London, Ambit and PN Review. Midnight, Dhaka (Seren, 2014) is his first full-length collection. He was the winner of the 2013 Geoffrey Dearmer Prize for his poem, ‘MIG-21 Raids at Shegontola’, of which judge John Glenday said: “Every effective poem works in a different way – each is a combination of craft, insight and imagination, but in Mir Mahfuz Ali’s poem there is another ingredient – necessity. And by necessity I mean that quality which allows the poem to take a moral stance, to act as a redemptive force, rescuing the individual from history.” The poem was first published in The Poetry Review, 103:4, Winter 2013, edited by Maurice Riordan.