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Farid Ahmed Reza is a powerful poet, popular columnist and an illustrious literary critic of Bengali literature. He was born and brought up in a literary family of Syed Pur, a famous village in the greater Sylhet. His father and grand father were distinguished mystic poets of their times. His grand father Pir Mojir (1845 - 1905) has written a number of books and the most famous of them is an epic entitled Shahadot-e-Buzurgan (Great Martyrdom).

Farid Ahmed Reza has obtained Honours and Masters in English literature from the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. For five years he taught English language in Chunarugaht College and Tajpur College, Sylhet. He worked as an editor and assistant editor in various weekly and daily newspapers in Sylhet and Dhaka, and was a prominent member of Sylhet Press Club and Dhaka Union of Journalist. At that period he also earned name and fame as a popular columnist. Since arriving in the UK in 1991 he has been playing a positive role for the development of Bengali language and literature.

Farid Ahmed Reza started writing poems early in his boyhood. His parents and elder sister always supported him in his literary pursuit and inspired him to embark on literary career. He first appeared in the literary field in 1965 with a short story published in the literary journal named Al-Islah. He writes essays, short stories, lyrical poems, columns; but his main interest is poetry. He has done some valuable translation works as well. His contribution in the field of literary criticism is valued by all quarters. He possesses a stainless heart, which provides support, appreciation and inspiration to all Young writers of Bengali literature.

Farid Ahmed Reza speaks for his motherland and for the people that live there. But he is not confined in any geographical boundary. He sees the whole world through his poetic eyes and feels for poor and destitute wherever they live. He has a vision and to achieve this vision he writes with hope and confidence. Unlike most of his contemporary poets a note of robust optimism overflows his poetry. He dreams of a just society and his poetry is dedicated to make it a success.

Farid Ahmed Reza has so far two publications, 'Jesuser Agomon Onibarjo' (Surely Jesus is coming, collecton of poems) and 'Biporeet Uchcharon' (Utterance against the tide, anthology of essays) and some other books are waiting to be published. He is the editor of Bengali periodical 'Kobita' published from London. He lives in London, with wife and four children.


I am delighted to notice that our young writers have inquisitiveness to know our roots. Through their powerful pens our rich heritage is having a new language of expression. I wish the literary contribution of our young writers would excel others. 
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