A.R.A.W.LII. (Academy of ‘raitƏ* (s) And World Literati) has long been working to promote literature and creative writing and to strengthen cultural ties between India and other countries. Our Advisory and Editorial Boards have eminent poets and writers from all over the world.
We have been regularly and religiously publishing our biannual journal Prosopisia – the first ever journal from this part of the globe, devoted to poetry and creative writing. Since its inception, every issue of Prosopisia has been a fascinating confluence of littérateurs from all over the world, including major voices and budding poets as well. Through this journal, we have been rigorously working to realize our aim of interpretation, publication and propagation of creational literature being written in the various parts of the globe and to help maintain the acceptable standards of creative writing as prevalent among the contemporary writers of the world.
Apart from this, A.R.A.W.LII. has to its credit a number of volumes of poetry, plays, journals, newsletters, critical studies, edited volume of critical essays and monographs. We have also been consistently organizing Literary Conferences, Book Launch Events and Poetry readings.
This beside, in near future the Academy intends to introduce writer-in-residence fellowships for creative writers and poets of other countries. The Academy also proposes to hold ALFA (ARAWLII Literary Festival of Ajmer), which will provide a common platform for a literary get together of poets and writers. It is no coincidence that the name ‘ALFA’ echoes the sounds of Arabic ‘Alif ’, Hebrew ‘Aleph’ and Greek ‘Alpha’, all three in turn being derived from the Phoenician āleph 𐤀 and all of these roughly meaning ‘to begin’ or ‘to be acquainted with’. In the Hebrew Sēpher Yəsị̂ râh (“Book of Formation” or “Book of Creation”) the letter ‘aleph’ is said to be the king over breath, to have formed air in the universe, temperate in the year, and the chest in the soul. Aleph also begins the three words that make up God’s mystical name in Exodus, I Am who I Am (Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh,( אהיהאשראהיה. In Jewish mysticism it represents the oneness of God. And in Jorge Luis Borges’ short story, ‘the Aleph’ is a point in space that contains all other points. Anyone who gazes into it can see everything in the universe from every angle simultaneously, without distortion, overlapping or confusion.
In a world where social networking has become almost a religion, the Academy’s intent to bring together innumerable diverse voices and colours of different cultures and mushk-e-ghubaar (fragrance of the soil after first showers) of different lands on a single literary forum is almost a sectarian zeal with which the sky of the contemporary literarydom is to be scaled and the seas of common suffering of mankind to be fathomed.