Kanji Patel is an eminent Gujarati poet and fiction writer. His poetry and fiction centre round Adivasi
and Denotified communities. His novellas are Kotar ni Dhar Par (Nakshatra Trust,
1982), Dahelu (Rangdwar, 1989, pub. in English translation as The Rear Verandah by Macmillan
India in 1997), Aadi (Gadyaparva, 2008) and Bhil ni Bhoin (Joy Burke Foundation, 2019). Dero is
his short story collection about DNTs (Rangdwar, 2008). His collections of poetry
are Janpad (Sahacharya, 1991), Dungardev (Gujarati Sahitya Parishad, 2006), and Dharti na
Vachan (Purvaprakash, 2012), Desh (Joy Burke Foundation, 2018). He has won the Katha award in
1996 and the Dhumketu prize in 2008 for his short fiction. He has been engaged in activism among
the Adivasis and Denotified communities for which he has also won the Shivshankar award in 2016.
He was part of a government appointed committee on measures to improve the life conditions of
DNTs. He established the Kaleshwari Mela (1998 to 2017) in Mahisagar district to provide a platform
for cultural expression to DNTs and Adivasis from across India. He has been the Editor of ‘Vahi’,
a journal of poetry, ritual and multilingual expression of society.