Rifat Munim is an editor, journalist, bilingual writer, translator and essayist based in Dhaka. He was the literary editor of Dhaka Tribune, a Bangladeshi English daily. His editorial and journalistic work has been focused on presenting Bengali literature to an international readership through English translation. South Asian fiction written in English constitutes one of his major areas of interest. He was a jury member for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2019.
His translations of Bengali fiction and poetry have been published widely in local and international newspapers and journals. His poetry translations are featured in Three Poets: Revised, Enlarged Edition with Bilingual Texts, edited by M Harunur Rashid and published by Bangla Academy, Dhaka. His essay on the stories and novels written by Bangladesh’s preeminent writer Akhtaruzzaman Elias has been included in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban Literary Studies, edited by Jeremy Tambling. His articles on different aspects of Bengali literature as well as South Asian English writing have appeared in World Literature Today, English PEN, Scroll, Dhaka Tribune and The Daily Star.
Currently, he is working on an anthology of selected short stories from Bangladesh in English translation to be published by Bee Books, India (forthcoming 2022).