A twentieth century modern Bengali poet and literary critic from Bangladesh, Hayat Saif has been awarded the ‘Ekushe Padak’ in 2018. He is one of the major contemporary poets of Bangladesh who does not fully belong to the generation of ‘The Hungry Poets’ of 1960s, but has set a clear trend of modern poetry in Bangladesh
His publications in Bengali include eight collections of poems apart from two collections of essays and a huge number of poems and articles published in various periodicals. He has been translated in English and Spanish. Of Man and Earth Some Alluvial Images is also being translated into Hindi and French.
A career bureaucrat, he retired in 2000 and since then has been engaged in the corporate private sector.