Alamgir Hashmi has been writing poetry for the last forty years. He won the poetry prize in the All-Pakistan Creative Writing Contest in 1972 and the Patras Bokhari Award (National Literature Prize) of the Pakistan Academy of Letters in 1985, and was the first English-language writer to bring such recognition to English writing in Pakistan. He is also widely published abroad — in the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.
Equally well-known as author of several scholarly books, he has been Professor of English and Comparative Literature in Pakistan, Europe and the United States. He was a judge of the Commonwealth Writers Prize 1990, and a member of the 1996 jury for the Neustadt International Prize for Literature.