Bengal Lights is a twice yearly literary journal published from Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Bengal Lights was born out of a need. Creative writing in English is on the verge of a real efflorescence in Bangladesh today. More of us are starting to write in English, forming book clubs and writers’ groups, attending literary fairs and with the Hay Festival road show turning up in town last year, in wanting to host them in Dhaka. The one key component missing in that picture is a quality literary journal, and that’s where Bengal Lights hopes to come in.
We hope to fill an urgent need, to give this exciting, burgeoning energy for a new outlook and vocabulary a forum. There will be two print issues each year, and a dynamic, evolving website for continuous conversation, with a full menu of event reporting, literary news, writer profiles, book reviews, blogs, videos and on-line prose and poetry.
The Summer 2015 Issue is out now, featuring, fiction and poetry by K Ahnis Ahmed, Jane McAdams, Mahesh Rao, Shaheen Akhtar, Abeer Hoque, Kaberi Roy Choudhury, Ahmede Hussain, Dina Begum, Syed Shamsul Haq, Nadeem Zaman, Ahsan Akbar, Khademul Islam, Ribka Sibhatu, Nausheen Eusuf, Khin Zaw Myint, Maung Day, Eaindra, Xanthos, Lynn Moe Swe , John Drew, Kamal Chowdhury, Ranu Uniyal, Adrian A. Husain, Kaiser Haq, Thomas Pescatore, Nancy Louise Cook, David Shook, Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, Sadaf Saaz, Sunil Gangapadhaya and, ‘Betel Nut Stains’ by J H Martin.