Gopi, N. is an eminent poet and literary critic in Telugu. His over 50 books include poetry collections, anthology of essays, travelogues and translations. His poetry is translated into many Indian languages and into German, Russian and Persian. He is a recipient of more than 30 awards including the Sahitya Akademi Award (2000), award from Sri Annamacharya Project of North America, Chicago (SAPMA) (2001), and ‘Kalaratna’ Award by Govt. of Andhra Pradesh (2009). In 1998, he invented a poetic form ‘naaneelu’ (‘the little ones’; haiku-like epigrams) with his sixth poetry collection. He was formerly a professor of Telugu and a Vice-Chancellor.