Dr Semeen Ali is the author of four books of poetry - three of them published by Writers Workshop, Kolkata - Broken Barriers (2008); Rose & Ashes (2009); and Transitions (2014); and one by Poets Printery, South Africa - Origins (2012). Rose & Ashes was nominated for the Young Writers Award at the Hyderabad Literary Festival 2011 and received the Jury Commendation Award.
Her poems have also been featured in journals like A Hudson View Poetry Digest; Muse India; and The Four Quarterly Magazine; and in anthologies like The Dance of the Peacock: An Anthology of English Poetry from India (Hidden Brooks Press, Canada, 2013); and Suvarnarekha: An Anthology of Indian Women Poets Writing in English (The Poetry Society of India, 2014). Her note on poetry and publishing has been featured in the anthology - A Letter A Poem A Home - edited by Shantanu Anand and Nandini Varma, published by Red River (2021). Her poems have been translated into Greek and published in the book - Aspects of Contemporary Indian Poetry - translated and edited by poet Yannis Livadas (Bibliotheque Editions, Greece, 2021). Her poems have featured in - Witness: An Anthology of Dissent - edited by Nabina Das (Red River, 2021). Her short story and a translation are a part of the anthology The Silence that Speaks, edited by Dr Haris Qadeer and published by Oxford University Press (2021) are among anthologies that carry her writings.
She has edited an anthology of English poetry written by women poets from New Delhi called Dilli (Poets Printery, South Africa, 2014). She has co-edited with poet Nabina Das a book on pre-globalization poetry, 40 under 40: An Anthology of Post Globalisation Poetry (Poetrywala, Paperwall Media & Publishing, 2016). She has co-edited an anthology of poetry with poet/journalist Manik Sharma titled A Map called Home (Kitaab, Singapore, 2018).She has co-edited an anthology of prose, poetry and artworks with Reema Ahmad titled Of Dry Tongues and Brave Hearts (Red River, 2022).
She is currently working as Assistant Editor at Indian Literature, Sahitya Akademi New Delhi.
She is the Poetry Editor for Muse India. She is the editor for Opinion pieces (Cultural) as well as co-editor (Book Reviews and Translations) for the literary journal Parcham.
She is on the Council Board for the Literary Arts Council, Women's Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WICCI) which is a premier national chamber for women, and operates via its 18,000+ office bearers across 1200+ councils representing 200+ sectors and a coordinating hub of the Secretariat.
She was invited to read from her works at the Hyderabad Literary Festival, 2015. Subsequent to this, she has read out from her works in numerous other literary festivals such as Sahitya Akademi's “A Festival of Readings by Young Poets in English” and The Bandra Poetry & Literary Festival 2018.
She completed her PhD from the Department of English, University of Delhi.
Jury's Commendation Award
Her translations from Hindi to English of two essays by Hindi writer and essayist Srilal Shukla will be appearing in a collection of translated works of Srilal Shukla, edited by Prof. Gautam Chakraborty to be published by Orient Blackswan.