* Book of poems ‘Night Charge Extra’ shortlisted for the national Satish Verma – Muse India Young Writer Award, 2015.
* After a nationwide competition in August 2014, selected as one of the five best emerging Indian writers by
The Caravan Magazine
and The Columbia University Global Centre in France. Invited to read from his work at the Writers of India, Festival in Paris in September, 2014.
Select Interviews: Print and Radio
* ‘Dilli: A Conversation with Akhil Katyal’, Urvashi Bahuguna, in Helter-Skelter: Fresh Voices and New Writing From and About India
, Oct 2015, New Delhi and Mumbai.
* ‘Interview with a Poet: 'Night Charge Extra' poet Akhil Katyal discusses creativity’, Nayantara Premakumar, in Culture Stories: Global Culture, Local Stories,
Mar 2016, London.
* ‘The Art of Poetry: A Conversation with Akhil Katyal’, Soheb Niazi, in
All India Radio: Yuv-Vani,
Jan 2016, New Delhi.
* ‘Insight: Akhil Katyal’, Harnidh Kaur et. al., in Inklette: Issue II
, Mar 2016, Mumbai.
Select International/National Talks, Conference Presentations and Poetry Readings
‘‘All his love-shuv is important for us’: How Agha Shahid Ali became the poet-laureate of Kashmir’, at The Feminist Journal of Politics International Conference, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, May 2013, and, at The Critical Kashmir Studies Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, Oct, 2013.
‘Laundebaazi: Of Habits and Politics in North India’, at the Informal Discussion Group, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, Sept, 2013.
‘Who lies beneath your spell tonight: An evening of poems with Vikramaditya Sahai and Akhil Katyal’, Feb, 2016, invited by the Tejeshwar Singh Memorial Trust, Downstairs at S-47 Theatre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi.
‘The Reascription of Hurt: When Abu Gharaib came to Kashmir’ at ‘The State of Hurt: Sentiment, Politics, Censorship’, Sri Venkateshwara College, South Campus, University of Delhi, Oct, 2012.
Poetry Performance ‘I want to 377 you so bad’ in panel ‘Gay Writing in India’, at the Hyderabad Literary Festival, Begumpet, Hyderabad, Jan 2016.
‘Halwa: Some Idioms of Same-Sex Desire in South Asia’ in panel ‘Love and its many discontents’, at
Divergences An International Conference
, Janaki Devi College, Delhi University, Apr 2nd, 2016.
‘Silence and Agha Shahid Ali’, at the English Literary Society, Department of English, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, Aug, 2013.
‘How to go back to the 1920s, or, A crash course on the 'homosexual'?’ at Exeter College, University of Oxford, 25th Feb, 2011.
‘On Planet Romeo: Profiling Love and Longing in South Asian Cities’ at University College, Falmouth, 26th Jan, 2011.
‘Why the Gamester Will Not Quit: Notes on Same-Sex Desire in India’ at University of Sussex, 27th Oct, 2010.
‘What do you See when you See a Homosexual’, at Indraprastha College, Delhi University, Jan 2016.
‘Languages of Desire’, in panel ‘Ways of Seeing, Ways of Being: Gender and Representation’, at Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, March 2014.
‘The Bubble Goes Bust: Ideas about Gay Writing’ at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, 19th Jan, 2011.
‘Just Asking for Love: Indian Men on Planet Romeo’ at Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin, 24-26th June, 2010.
‘The Photograph of Desire: On the Queer Profile Picture in India’, at Curating Indian Visual Culture: Theory and Practice - Art in the Context of Conflict: A Six Day Workshop, University of Jammu, Jammu-Tawi, 6-11th Feb, 2012.
‘Is the Homosexual a Bogey?: Talking about Same-Sex Desire in India’ at the Department of English, University of Delhi, 3rd Sept, 2009.
Poetry performance ‘On Loitering’, at ‘Take Back the Night’, 31st Dec 2014, invited by Citizen's Collective against Sexual Assault (CCSA), New Delhi.
‘On Writing’, at Gutenberg 2016 - The Annual Creative Writing Festival of Hansraj College, 2nd Mar, 2016, Hansraj College, Delhi University.
‘The Art of Personal Narratives: Sexuality Rights Activism in India and Provincializing this Homosexual Subject’ at ‘The ‘State’ of Sexuality: A Feminist Pre-Conference’, Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Madison, Wisconsin, 22nd Oct, 2009.
'Locating the Queer City: Delhi' at ‘In Relation To: New Cultures of Intimacy and Togetherness in Asia’, Teen Murti Bhavan, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Delhi, 5-7th Feb, 2009; at 'Explode Softly: Sexuality in Contemporary Indian Visual Cultures', Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, 26-27th Feb, 2009.
'Giving Voice/Shaping Voice: Using Personal Narratives in Sexuality-Rights Based Activism in Contemporary India' at 'Tell It Like It Is, Tell It like It Isn't: Queer Lives Remodelled', King's College, University of London, 12th Jun, 2009.
‘Love in South Asia: The Case of Planet Romeo’ at ‘Dissident Citizenship: Queer Postcolonial Belonging’, Centre for the Study of Sexual Dissidence, School of English, University of Sussex, 10-11th Jun, 2010.