Hoshang Merchant is India’s preeminent voice of gay liberation. Since 1979, he has published 17 books of poetry. After a master’s from Occidental College, Los Angeles, he specialized in the renaissance and modernism at Purdue University, Indiana, and attended the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Centre, Massachusetts. He has lived and taught in Heidelberg, Iran, and Jerusalem where he was exposed to various radical student movements of the Left. He has studied Buddhism at the Tibetan Library, Dharamsala, India, as well as Islam in Iran and Palestine. He recently superannuated from the University of Hyderabad, India, after twenty-six years of teaching.