A renowned poet, author and writer Yogesh Patel has recently been awarded with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the Queen's New Year's Honours List for his services to Literature.
A former co-editor of SkyLark India, Yogesh has published international contemporary poetry since the seventies. Currently, he runs the Word Masala Project, a platform promoting writers and poets of the South Asian diaspora.
A qualified optometrist and an accountant side from he writes a regular coumn for Confluence. Besides editing eSkylark, he is also the founder of the literary charity, Gujarati Literary Academy and has served as its president.
He was a Fellow of the International Poetry Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was awarded the Freedom of the City of London and, as a tri-lingual poet, has four LP records, two films, radio programmes, children’s book, fiction and non-fiction books.
Apart from being a recipient of the IWWP award, the International Scottish Diploma for excellence in poetry, and an Hon. Diploma from the Italian University of Arts, he has won the Co-Op Award for poetry on the environment.