Matwaala collective of American South-Asian Diaspora will honour UK diaspora poet Yogesh Patel for his poetry achievements and service to the poetry community. In an event that will take place from April 3 to 5, sponsored by Poet & Writer magazine and Nassau Community College, as a second phase in May, Matwaala will be holding poetry readings at Cambridge University.
Co-editor of Skylark Publications UK and a non-profit Word Masala project promoting diaspora literature, Yogesh Patel is also founder of literary charity, Gujarati Literary Academy and has been honoured with the Freedom of the City of London. With a slew of LP records, films, radio, children's book, fiction, non-fiction books and three poetry collections to his name, Patel was presented to Her Highness The Queen at Buckingham Palace to represent the best in poetry. He is a recipient of many awards, and published in several magazines and anthologies. Patel has also read in the House of Lords and the National Poetry Library. His recent collection is “Swimming with Whales” reflecting on racism, immigration and many other social aspects, including the environment and whaling.