FNU academic pens first book

Fiji National University professor Khemendra Kumar with his first publication. Picture: SUPPLIED

POET and short story writer Khemendra Kumar has penned his first book for the public.

Salted Poems and Peppered Stories is a collection of English poems and short stories published by University of the South Pacific (USP) Press.

Mr Kumar has previously written a short story in Fiji Hindi Chalo Muluk, which was published in a collection Koi Kissa Batao by USP Press and Carindale Publishing.

“I write out of interest as I teach English literature and literacy at the Fiji National University’s Natabua campus,” he said.

“It is natural to develop an inclination to write from reading literature, associating myself with stalwart writers such as Subramani and Satendra Nandan, reading sessions, book launches, and literary conferences.”

He said the book would be available for sale soon at the USP bookshop.

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