Jalil Aali is a highly regarded poet, literary critic, and educationist. Born in Amritsar, India, he was educated at Lahore. He holds master’s degrees from the University of the Punjab, in Urdu and Sociology. After a career of teaching, he retired as Head of the Department of Urdu language and literature, Federal Government Sir Syed College, Rawalpindi. He has published three volumes of poetry, “Khwab Dareecha”, “Showk Sitara”, and “Arz-e-Hunar se Aage”, the third of which won the Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi Award 2007 and the Writers’ Guild Award 2005-2007. He has also published more than fifty critical articles in prominent literary journals. He has also compiled and edited two annual editions (2002 and 2005) of “Pakistani Adab”, the anthology of Urdu poetry compiled each year by the Pakistan Academy of Letters.