Bio: Taz Rahman has lived in Cardiff for nearly 30 years and is an early career poet of Bengali origin. He has also written short fiction, essays, reviews and plays. He founded the award-winning Youtube poetry channel 'Just Another Poet', which had received Wales Books Council's New Audience Funding (2022/23) and
had won a Literature Wales commission (2020).
Publications: His first full length poetry collection shall be published by Seren Books in February 2024. His poems have been published in multiple issues of Poetry Wales, Bad Lilies, Propel Magazine, Anthropocene Poetry, South Bank Poetry, Honest Ulsterman, Abridged Magazine, Barddas and ‘Gwrthryfel/Uprising’ An Anthology of Radical Poetry from Wales (Carreg Gwalch, 2022).
Literary Awards & Bursaries: He was shortlisted for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2022 for his poem 'Ramadan', was a joint winner of the 2022 International Dylan Thomas Day poetry competition, and the 2021 Representing Wales writer development programme award by Literature Wales with mentorship from Poetry Wales editor Zoë Brigley. In 2020, he was selected as one of seven emerging poets by Literature Wales for a week-long poetry masterclass with Queen's Medal winning poet Gillian Clarke, and also by Writerz and Scribez for a six-week poetry mentorship with Forward Prize winner Caleb Femi.
General Interests: His present major interests include climate change and environmentalism, jazz and early classical music, historical and contemporary art, south-east Wales waterways, enlightenment philosophy, history of the late antique period, culinary flavours, cats and river fowls.
Academic Education: He attended secondary school in Birmingham, West Midlands and subsequently pursued an undergraduate degree in philosophy at Cardiff University. He also has a master’s degree in social philosophy and ethics from the same institution, and had previously studied for another masters in religion in late antiquity.