This past 27th of January, Zeba Books organized Poetic Expressions, a one-day workshop and poetry open house in Vibhuti Khand, Lucknow (India). Just in case you haven’t read the details, you can find the event announcement here

Poetic Expressions, Lucknow – An Event to Remember

Poetic Expressions was attended by young and aspiring poetry enthusiasts from various schools and colleges of the region, including La Martiniere Girls’ College, National PG College, University of Lucknow, Amity University as well as from other districts, such as Barabanki, Bahraich and Ayodhya.

Sounds interesting? Well, it just kept getting better!

The Open House

The event started off with the English Open House, and concluded with the Hindi/Urdu Open House.

As such, there were separate sessions for both English as well as Hindi/Urdu poetry, wherein young poets got a chance to read their works and showcase their talent. The best part? We offered book publishing contracts to select poets from the open house sessions! Yes, there were three winners, each of which now has a guaranteed chance to be published in our upcoming poetry anthologies.

Here are the winners:

  • Shreshta Awasthi (Age: 20 years) – Open House English
  • Kriti Gupta (Age: 15 years) – Open House Hindi
  • Yusuf Azeem (Age: 16 years) – Open House Urdu

The Workshop

Poetic Expressions also included a series of writing workshop and training sessions. The workshop, conducted by writer Sufyan bin Uzayr, encompassed topics such as how to write better poetry, how to promote your works as well as how to pitch yourself to prospective publishers for book contracts. The attendees also came up with several interesting queries, such as how to legally copyright or safeguard their poetry, how to rhyme and write better, etc.

Beyond that, there were talks conducted by Bharatendu Kashyap, noted educator and theatre artist of the town and by Rohit Shivapati, theatre artist and playwright.

Poetic Expressions, January 2019, Lucknow – in Pictures

And now, here are some photographs from the event:

Poetic Expressions, January 2019 (Lucknow)

Poetic Expressions, January 2019 (Lucknow)

Poetic Expressions, January 2019 (Lucknow)

Bharatendu Kashyap, Theatre Artist and Educator

Poetic Expressions, January 2019 (Lucknow)

Rohit Shivapati, Theatre Artist and Playwright

Poetic Expressions, January 2019 (Lucknow)

Sufyan bin Uzayr, Writer and Educator

Poetic Expressions, January 2019 (Lucknow)

Poetic Expressions, January 2019 (Lucknow)

Poetic Expressions, January 2019 (Lucknow)

Poetic Expressions, January 2019 (Lucknow)

Poetic Expressions, January 2019 (Lucknow)

Poetic Expressions, January 2019 (Lucknow)

Poetic Expressions, January 2019 (Lucknow)

Poetic Expressions, January 2019 (Lucknow)

Poetic Expressions, January 2019 (Lucknow)

Poetic Expressions, January 2019 (Lucknow)

Poetic Expressions, January 2019 (Lucknow)

Poetic Expressions, January 2019 (Lucknow)

Poetic Expressions, January 2019 (Lucknow)

Poetic Expressions, January 2019 (Lucknow)

Poetic Expressions, January 2019 (Lucknow)

Poetic Expressions, January 2019 (Lucknow)

Poetic Expressions, January 2019 (Lucknow)

Poetic Expressions, January 2019 (Lucknow)

Press Coverage

Oh yes, Poetic Expressions was the talk of the town, and we were in the newspapers the very next day:

Hindustan Times Lucknow Edition (HT City)

Hindustan Times (HT City)

Avadhnama Urdu

Avadhnama Urdu

Aag Urdu

Aag Urdu

Roznama Urdu

Roznama Urdu

Inquilabi Nazar Hindi

Inquilabi Nazar Hindi

Other Details

Well, three poets have already made it to our upcoming anthologies. And we’ll soon be opening entries for other poets to send in their works.

Plus, just in case you are wondering about our upcoming events, have no worries! Simply watch this space or just hit us up on Instagram or Facebook, and we’ll keep you updated.

Event Organizing Committee: 

  • Coordinators: Sufyan bin Uzayr and Purnima Singh
  • Promotion and Registration Desk: Shazeb Alam, Hera Aziz and Rashi Singh
  • Photography: Sana Akhtar Usmani and Rashi Singh