Kedarnath Singh (born July 7, 1934) is one of the most prominent modern poets writing in Hindi. He is also an eminent critic and essayist. He was awarded the Jnanpith Award (2013), Sahitya Akademi Award (1989) in Hindi for his poetry collection, Akaal Mein Saras (Cranes in Drought).
He was born on 7 July 1934 in village Chakia of Ballia district in eastern Uttar Pradesh. He completed his graduation from uday pratap college varanasi. He passed M.A from Kashi Hindu Vishwavidyalaya and did his Ph.D from the same University. In Gorakhpur, he spent some time as a Hindi Teacher and went to Jawaharlal Nehru University, where he served as a professor and the head of department of Hindi Language in Indian Languages Center and retired as a professor from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.Today, he lives in saket New Delhi.