Hillol Ray

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Hillol Ray

Hillol Ray, Poet Laureate, Author, and Song Writer, is an Environmental Engineer and Manager of Drinking Water Supply Enforcement Program, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Dallas, Texas. Born and raised in a suburb of Calcutta, India, he has been writing poetry since the age of six, in his native language “Bengali”. His poems are regularly published in Bengali magazines from Asia, Europe, Canada, Sweden, and North America and are currently being translated into English, Swedish, Spanish, German and French languages.

Many issues of “Six Country Reporter” at EPA in Dallas have also published his English poems. But one of his recent poems, “Earth Day”, has made him an “overnight” sensation. It was read at several local, national, and international observations, presented at celebrations in U.S.A. and abroad, displayed by the Dallas Museum of Art, and has been published worldwide. It also earned him letters of personal recognition from the U.S. President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Jr. and Indian Ambassador S.S. Ray (no relation) in Washington, DC. In addition, he has received letters of personal appreciations for his poems from Madame Francine Cousteau, President of the Cousteau Society, Inc. in Paris, France, (and wife of world renowned Oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau), and also from Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India.

Recently his poems “Old Wine in New Bottle”, “Homogenization – A Millennium Dream” have been selected as “Choice Poem” by the Australian Poetic Society. His poems have been displayed by the J.C. Penney, Inc., University of San Francisco in California, Cultural Association of Bengal in New York, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX; University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire; University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.; Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tennessee; Nazareth College in Rochester, New York; Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Junior League of Annapolis (JLA), Inc. in Annapolis, Maryland; Broward County Independent School District in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; DFW Green Alliance in Dallas, Texas; Rangsit University in Thailand, Bangkok; Colegio Jefferson of Caracas, Venezuela; Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in Shanghai, China; NetFriends of Tibet Site in Stockholm, Sweden; “China Campus” from Beijing, China, and also on the web pages of EPA in Washington, DC, the Asian-American Village from Boston, Massachusetts, and many other web sites from the USA and abroad. He was invited as a Distinguished Judge at the Earth Day Kids Art Contest 2003, organized by the Asian Pacific American Council (APAC) at EPA in Washington, D.C.

The lyrics from his poem “Diversity” have been included in the song album “Star Route U.S.A.” released by Amerecord from Hollywood, California. He is frequently invited as a Guest Poet, Keynote Speaker, and Seminar Moderator by the various cultural organizations, educational institutions, and public and university libraries and has been interviewed by numerous television stations. He was the winner of Bronze Medal for Commendable Service in implementing a Consumer Confidence Rule (CCR) Strategy in 2001 and Excellence in Regional Customer Service Award in 2002 – both from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Dallas, Texas. His biography has appeared in the Special Commemorative Edition of “500 Leaders of Science”, and also in International Directory of Distinguished Leadership (Eighth and Ninth Editions) – both published by the American Biographical Institute, Inc. from Raleigh, North Carolina, and poems have appeared in many popular anthologies. To name a few, “The Crystal Prism” published by the CGS Communications in Fort Worth, Texas; as well as “Edge of Twilight”, “Best Poems of the 90s”, “A Delicate Balance”, “Best Poems of 1995”, “Of Sunshine and Daydreams”, “Essence of a Dream”, “Through the Looking Glass”, “Best Poems of 1997”, “Chambers of Time”, “Beneath A Rainbow”, “ Chasing the Wind”, “A Painted Garden”, “Melodies of The Soul”, “Verdant Lands of Spring”, “Best Poems of 1998”, “Fabric of Life”, “The Rustling Leaves”, “Of Summer’s Passing”, “The Peace We Knew”, “The Promise of Dawn”, and “Outstanding Poets of 1998”, published by the National Library of Poetry in Owings Mills, Maryland.

As an apostle for a sustainable world towards betterment of Human Rights, and awareness about peace, tolerance, and environment, Hillol has vested his lifelong work, financial resources, and creative writings through the establishment of the Hillol Ray Foundation for Human Rights (HR FF HR), the Hillol Ray Foundation for Peace and Environment (HR FF P and E), and “Diamond” Think Tank, U.S.A. He is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the World.

Hillol features prominently on the Envirolink website, which has links to more of his poems, articles and publications