Manu Dash is a poet, editor, translator, cultural activist and producer of literature festival. He writes in Odia and in English.
In 1974, he joined Anam – a literary movement by a group of writers – engaged in searching the socio-cultural roots of the land where he lives.
His works include two collections of poems and short stories, and four collections of essays. He has translated the works of Mahesh Dattani, Kedarnath Singh, Namita Gokhale, Udayan Vajpeyi and Uday Prakash. Wings Over the Mahanadi, an anthology of eight Odia poets writing in English, edited by him, was recently published by Poetrywala, Mumbai.
He edits The Dhauli Review,(www.dhaulireview.com) a triquarterly of Indian writing, an Odia bi-monthly, Chera, and runs a publishing unit, Dhauli Books,(www.dhaulibooks.com) that publishes books in English including Indian languages.
Besides, he directs Odisha Art & Literature Festival – an annual literary meet - in Bhubaneswar, capital city of Odisha,India. It can be accessed at (www.odishaartlitfest.com) .