Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari
Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari in 2012, New Delhi
Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari in 2012, New Delhi
Born1940 (age 83–84)
Gorakhpur, India
OccupationPoet, Editor, Critic
Alma materDeen Dayal Upadhyay Gorakhpur University
  • Poetry
  • Criticism
  • Travelogue
  • Biography
Years active1970–present
Notable awardsPadma Shri (2023)
Vyas Samman (2011)

Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari (born 1940) is an Indian poet, editor, critic[1] and a former president of the Sahitya Akademi who served to the post from 2013 to 2018. He has published around 50 books in Hindi on various genres such as criticism, poetry, travelogues, biographies, interviews besides editing books.[2]


He was born in 1940 in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.[3] He obtained BA with Hindi from Gorkhapur University and MA and PhD in Hindi literature.[4] He served as the head of the department and acharya for Hindi at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gorakhpur University until he retired in 2001.[3] After starting his writing career he published his first uncertain book in 1970.[4]

His prominent work includes Saath Chalte Hue, Kavita Kya Hai (What is kavita), and Bistar Duniya Le Liye.[2]


Year Award Nominated work Result Ref.
2023 Padma Shri Contribution to Literature and Education Won [5]
2019 Sahitya Akademi Fellowship Contribution to Hindi literature Won [6]
2019 Gangadhar National Award Nominated [7]
2011 Vyas Samman Phir Bhi Kuch Rah Jayega Won [3]


  1. ^ "Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari selected for Vyas Samman". Hindustan Times. 11 March 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Hindi Poet Viswanath Prasad Tiwari To Receive Gangadhar National Award". 9 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Vyas Samman for Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari".
  4. ^ a b "Books". The Sunday Tribune. 9 October 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards 2023 announced". Press Information Buereau. Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India. Retrieved 26 January 2023.
  6. ^ "Vishwanath Tiwari, Jayanta Mahapatra among 4 selected for Sahitya Academy fellowship". 7 April 2021. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Poet Viswanath Prasad Tiwari to get Gangadhar National Award". Press Trust of India. 9 December 2019 – via Business Standard.