Dr. J. Bhagyalakshmi, journalist and media consultant based in New Delhi, is a well-known poet and short story writer in English and Telugu. She is also actively involved in translation and contributed to children’s literature substantially. She has over fifty publications which include original writings and translations. Of these there are twelve poetry collections, five short story collections and one literary criticism.
Formerly of Indian Information Service, Bhagyalakshmi edited reputed magazines like Indian and Foreign Review, Communicator and Yojana, several books on various themes including volumes of selected speeches and writings of eminent people. She taught at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi, and headed the Department of ‘Publications’. She also held the post of Director (Media) in the Ministry of Rural Development. At present, she is a regular contributor to magazines in English and Telugu as a columnist as well as a creative writer.
She got several awards and honours from reputed literary organisations including the Government of Andhra Pradesh. Some of the major awards are Rafi Ahmad Kidwai Prize, PS. Telugu University Keerti Puraskaram, Jyeshta Literary Award. ‘Katha’ Award, R.K. Narayan Award by Authors Guild of India, Pratibha Puraskar by Delhi Telugu Sangham, Visishta Vyakti Puraskaram by Siddhartha Kala Peetham, Grihalakshmi Swarna Kankanam by Kesari Kuteeram and the Best Writer Pratibha Puraskaram PS.Telugu University of Andhra Pradesh.