Arun Kumar, better known as Arun Kamal is a prolific poet of the contemporary era in modern Hindi literature with a progressive and ideological poetic style. Besides poetry, he has also written criticism and has done translations in Hindi. He was felicitated with the Sahitya Akademi Award for Hindi in 1998. He has also been awarded with the Bharat Bhushan Agrawal Puruskar (1980), the Soviet Land Nehru Award (1989), the Shrikant Verma Smruti Samman (1990), the Raghuveer Sahay Smruti Samman (1996) and the Shamsher Samman (1997). Some of his renowned collections of poetry include: Apnee Keval Dhaar (1980), Saboot (1989), Naye Ilake Mein (1996) and Putalee mein Sansaar (2004). He served as a professor in the English Department of Patna University & retired in 2019.