TSAR Author Index


Funso Aiyejina
Funso Aiyejina was born in Ososo, Edo State, southwestern Nigeria. He studied in Ile-Ife;  Nova Scotia; and St. Augustine, Trinidad, and taught Literature in English for over a decade at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He has published short stories, poetry, and articles and reviews on African and West Indian literature, and his radio plays have been broadcast in Bonn, Ibadan, Lagos, and London. He now lectures in the Department of Liberal Arts, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad where he lives with his wife and two sons.
The Legend of the Rockhills and Other Stories (Fiction)



Meena Alexander

Meena Alexander has published six volumes of poetry including Illiterate Heart (winner of the PEN Open Book Award) Raw Silk and Quickly Changing River. Her memoir Fault Lines was picked as one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the year. Her volume of essays Poetics of Dislocation appears in the Michigan Poets on Poetry series. Her awards include those from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Arts Council of England. She is the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award in Literature from the South Asian Literary Association ( an organization allied to the Modern Languages Association) for contributions to American literature. www.meenaalexander.com

Works: River and Bridge (Poetry)



Nurjehan Aziz
Nurjehan Aziz was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, studied in Iran and the United States and immigrated to Canada in 1980. She is a cofounder of The Toronto South Asian Review, now  The Toronto Review, of which she is an editorial board member. She is the publisher at TSAR Publications.
Floating the Borders (Criticism)
Her Mother's Ashes (Fiction)
Her Mother's Ashes 2  (Fiction)
Her Mother's Ashes 3 (Fiction)




Shyamal Bagchee
Though balding rapidly, Shyamal Bagchee is an unrepentant romantic. His poetry has been published in literary journals internationally. He attended universities in Delhi; Santiniketan (Tagore's "poet's school"); Hamilton, Ontario; and Toronto. Shyamal Bagchee lives and writes in St. Albert, Alberta. He loves driving very long distances on that province's uncrowded highways and byways. He is a keen and serious photographer.
Gabardine & Other Poems (Poetry)




Anurima Banerji


Night Artillery (Poetry)




Natasha Bakht
Natasha Bakht is an assistant professor of law at the University of Ottawa. She was called to the bar of Ontario in 2003 and served as a law clerk to Justice Louis Arbour at the Supreme Court of Canada. Her research interests are generally in the area of law, culture and minority rights and specifically in the intersecting area of religious freedom and women’s equality. Natasha has written extensively on the issue of religious arbitration in family law. Her probono work includes being active as a member of the Law Program Committee for the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF). Natasha is also an Indian contemporary dancer and choreographer. She is the 2008 co-recipient of the KM Hunter Artists Award, presented to artists in Ontario who have begun to produce a body of work and make a significant mark in their field.

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Belonging and Banishment: Being Muslim in Canada (Essays)




Salima Bhimani
Salima Bhimani was born in the United Kingdom and raised in Canada. She has a master’s degree in Islam and Globalization, and identifies herself as a South Asian Muslim woman who is also Canadian. She is passionate about spirituality and art, and is active in community development in Toronto.
Majalis al-Ilm: sessions of knowledge: (Social Commentary)





Frank Birbalsingh

Born in Guyana, Frank Birbalsingh is a professor of English at York University in Toronto. He is a pioneering scholar of Indo-Caribbean studies and edited the ground-breaking collections of studies Indenture and Exile and Indo-Caribbean Resistance.
Jahaji: An Anthology of Indo-Caribbean Fiction (Fiction)
Novels and The Nation (Criticism)





Rana Bose
Rana Bose’s first novel, Recovering Rude was published by Vehicule Press in 2000 to critical acclaim. He has also been a well-known playwright in Canada and has had ten of his plays published by Seagull, Prestige, and The Canadian Theatre Review. All of these plays have been performed in Canada, US, and India and perhaps elsewhere. He has been an engineer, mentor, consultant, performance poet, playwright, and resides in Montreal and sometimes in Kolkata. He is also one of the editors of the webzine Montreal Serai.

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The Fourth Canvas (Fiction)




Carmen Cáliz-Montoro

Carmen Cáliz-Montoro was born in Barcelona, Spain. She arrived in Canada in 1988 thanks to a Government of Canada Award, and completed her PhD on poetry at the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. She has taught courses on Spanish and English literature and in Women’s Studies both in Canada and in Spain, and has done translations and published her own poetry in both these countries as well as in the United States.
Writing from the Borderlands (Criticism)





Lien Chao

Lien Chao came from China to Canada in 1984. Her first book, Beyond Silence: Chinese Canadian Literature in English, was published in 1997 and won the Gabrielle Roy Award for Canadian Criticism. Her work includes two volumes of bilingual poetry (Maples and the Stream and More Than Skin Deep), and a creative memoir (Tiger Girl (Hu Nu)), and she is the co-editor, with Jim Wong-Chu, of Strike the Wok: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Canadian Fiction. She lives in Toronto.

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Beyond Silence (Criticism, History)
The Chinese Knot and Other Stories (Fiction)
Maples and the Stream
More Than Skin Deep
Peng Ma: Chinese Brush Painting (Art)
Strike the Wok
Tiger Girl (Hu Nu)
(Creative Memoir)
Wang Dehui: Oil and Chinese Brush Paintings (Art)






Jennifer Cook

Jennifer Cook was born and educated in England and immigrated to Canada in 1967. She has lived and worked in many different countries. She now lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

Jennifer Cook's website: www.jennifercook.ca

Flight Across the Mekong (YA Fiction)




Madeline Coopsammy

Madeline Coopsammy was born in Trinidad. She studied at Delhi University, India, and came to Canada in 1968, settling in Winnipeg where she attended the University of Manitoba to become a certified teacher. Her poetry and short stories have been published in anthologies and journals in Canada and the United States.

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Prairie Journey (Poetry)





Rienzi Crusz

Rienzi Crusz was born in Sri Lanka and came to Canada in 1965. Educated at the Universities of Ceylon, London (England), Toronto, and Waterloo, he is at present Reference and Collections Librarian at the University of Waterloo. He is widely published in magazines in Canada and the US, and the author of ten collections of poetry.

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Gambolling with the Divine (Poetry)
Insurgent Rain (Poetry)
Enough to be Mortal Now (Poetry)



Cyril Dabydeen

Cyril Dabydeen has written poetry, short stories, and novels, and has edited A Shapely Fire: Changing the Literary Landscape and Another Way to Dance: Contemporary Asian Poetry in Canada and the U.S. His poetry and fiction have appeared in Canada, the US, the UK, India, and the Caribbean, and been anthologized in many places including Best Canadian Short Stories, Caribbean New Wave: Contemporary Short Stories and the Penguin Book of Caribbean Verse. He has been recommended for a Journey Prize and a National Magazine Award.

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Another Way to Dance (Poetry)
Drums of My Flesh
Hemisphere of Love (Poetry)
My Brahmin Days and Other Stories



Rocio Davis

Rocio Davis was born in Manila, Philippines and has degrees from the Ateneode Manila University (Philippines) and the University of Navarre (Spain).  She is currently Associate Professor of American and Postcolonial Literature at the University of Navarre.  Her main research interests are the fiction of the Asian diaspora, postcolonial literature, narratology, and children’s literature.
Transcultural Reinventions (Criticism)




Nitin Deckha
Nitin Deckha was born in London, England, and raised in Toronto. His stories have appeared in Existere, Anokhi, and at www.sulekha.com and in collected works. Deckha holds a PhD in Anthropology from Rice University, Houston and teaches social sciences in Toronto. His journalism occasionally appears in Desi Life, a Toronto Star magazine.

Nitin Deckha's website: www.nitindeckha.com

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Shopping for Sabzi (Fiction)




Raywat Deonandan
Raywat Deonandan's short stories have appeared in several countries, including Canada, the United States, England and China. He has won two Hart House Literary Prizes and First Prize in the 1995 Canadian Author’s Association National Student Short Story Contest. His book Sweet Like Saltwater won the Guyana Prize for Best First Work. His interests include Karate (in which he has a black belt), biotechnology, space exploration, and ancient history.  Of Indian ancestry, Guyanese origin and Canadian citizenship, Deonandan makes his home in both Toronto and Washington DC.
Divine Elemental (Fiction)
Sweet Like Saltwater (Fiction)




Zulfikar Ghose

Zulfikar Ghose was born in Sialkot (now in Pakistan) and spent a couple of decades in England before moving to the United States where he teaches at the University of Texas in Austin. He is the author of ten novels, five books of poetry and four books of criticism.
Veronica and the Góngora Passion: Stories, Fictions, Tales, and One Fable (Fiction)




Bing He

Born and raised in Beijing, China, Bing He moved to Canada in 1992. She has published widely in major journals and newspapers in China and is the special correspondent for Globe Weekly in Canada. Her poetry in English has appeared in several journals and anthologies.


Alphabet Zen (Poetry)





Arnold Harrichand Itwaru

Arnold Harrichand Itwaru is the author of the modern classic Shanti and eleven other books. He was born in Guyana and resides in Toronto, Canada. A visual artist as well, he writes compellingly on a wide range of subjects. In Guyana he received two national awards for his poetry. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Toronto.
Closed Entrances (Cultural Criticism)
Home and Back (Fiction)
The Invention of Canada (Criticism)





Ava Homa

Ava Homa was teaching at a university in Iran when she decided to move to Canada to study in an Ontario university. Currently she lives in Toronto, where she continues teaching and writing.

Ava Homa's blog: http://ava-homa.blogspot.com

Book Launch for Echoes from the Other Land: Oct 22, 6:30 PM at Beit Zatoun House

Echoes from the Other Land





Sheniz Janmohamed

Sheniz Janmohamed is a spoken word artist and freelance writer. A graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of Guelph, she is a founder of Ignite Poets, an initiative that allows young poets to work together for peace.

Twitter: www.twitter.com/shenizj

Bleeding Light Book Launch: September 24, 6:30 PM at Beit Zatoun House

Bleeding Light (Poetry)





Shaista Justin
Shaista Justin emigrated to Canada at the age of six and grew up in Toronto where she currently lives with her husband and two children. Extensive travel has contributed to her fascination with colonization and the contemporary manifestations of historical tragedies. Her dominant passions are writing fiction, producing theatre, and academic research in the fields of Post-Colonial Literature & Theory, Eco-criticism, Feminist Theory and the 18th-Century. She has published in The Fiddlehead & New Contrast and works freelance as a writer and editor.
Winter, the Unwelcome Visitor  (Poetry)





Chelva Kanaganayakam

Chelva Kanaganayakam is a professor of English at the University of Toronto and a scholar of postcolonial literature.
Configurations of Exile  (Interviews)
Dark Antonyms and Paradise (Criticism)
History and Imagination  (Essays)
Lutesong and Lament (Fiction)
Moveable Margins (Criticism)
Wilting Laughter (Translation/Poetry)






Farida Karodia

Farida Karodia was born and raised in South Africa. Later she moved to Canada and now spends her time between the two countries. She is the author of Daughters of the Twilight, Coming Home and Other Stories, and A Shattering of Silence.
Against an African Sky (Fiction)





Sheema Khan
Sheema Khan writes a monthly column for the Globe and Mail on issues pertaining to Islam and Muslims. She holds a PhD from Harvard University in chemical physics, along with numerous patents on drug delivery technology. She has served on the Board of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (2004–2008), and is the founder of the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) and its former chair (2000–2005). She testified as an expert witness on Muslims in Canada before the O’Connor Inquiry, and has appeared before a number of parliamentary committees. In addition, she has spoken at numerous NGO conferences and government agencies on issues of security, civil rights, and Muslim cultural practice. She is currently a patent agent in Ottawa.

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Of Hockey and Hijab: Reflections of a Canadian Muslim Woman





Natasha Ksonzek

Natasha Ksonzek is an artist, writer and book cover illustrator.
Closed Entrances  (Cultural Criticism)





Dannabang Kuwabong
Dannabang Kuwabong is a Ghanaian Canadian born in Nanville in the Upper West Region of Ghana. He was educated in Ghana, Scotland, and Canada and teaches Caribbean literature at the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan. He has a published three books: Konga and other Dagaaba Folktales, Visions of Venom (poetry), and Echoes from Dusty Rivers (poetry). Kuwabong’s poetry adds a new dimension to the growing body of new voices that is beginning to expand and redefine Canadian literature.
Caribbean Blues and Love's Genealogy (Poetry)



Kwai-Yun Li
Kwai-Yun Li's Hakka parents emigrated from Moi-yen, China to Calcutta, India, where Kwai was born. She grew up in Chattawalla Gully, in the old part of the city, and came to Canada through an arranged marriage. She is a co-author of A Kiss Beside the Monkey Bars, a collection of short stories.

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The Palm Leaf Fan and Other Stories  (Fiction)



Ehab Lotayef
Ehab Lotayef was born in Cairo and moved to Montreal in 1989. He writes in English, classical Arabic and colloquial Egyptian Arabic. Besides writing poetry, he is also a photographer, Juno Award-nominated songwriter, and playwright. His play Crossing Gibraltar was produced in 2005 by CBC Radio. A fervent activist for the end of conflict in Gaza and the Middle East, Ehab makes frequent trips to Palestine, and recently organized the Gaza Freedom March in Montreal. Ehab works as an Information Engineer at McGill University.
To Love a Palestinian Woman (Poetry)




Rozena Maart

Rozena Maart was born and raised in District Six, Cape Town, South Africa. In 1987 she was nominated for South Africa's "Woman of the Year" award for starting the first Black feminist organization. She moved to Canada in 1989 and published her first book of poetry in 1990, Talk about It!  She has lectured throughout Canada and the United States with Speak Out! Speakers Bureau. In 1992, she won the Journey Prize for Best Short Fiction for her short story, "No Rosa, No District Six". Rozena Maart lives in Ontario.

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Rosa's District 6 (Fiction)
The Writing Circle (Fiction)



Anand Mahadevan
Anand Mahadevan was born and raised in India. He came to Canada in 1996 and has been educated in the United States, Germany and Canada. He lives, writes and teaches in Toronto.

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The Strike (Fiction)



Tariq Malik

Tariq Malik was born and raised in Pakistan. He lived for twenty years in Kuwait, working as an industrial chemist, before emigrating to Canada in 1995. He has continued to work in his chosen field, having taken to heart writer Annie Dillard's advice: "Experienced writers urge young men and women to learn a useful trade." Rainsongs of Kotli is his first book. He lives in Vancouver.

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Rainsongs of Kotli (Fiction)





Irene Marques
Irene Marques holds a PhD in Comparative Literature, a Masters in French Literature, and Bachelor of Social Work. She was born and raised in Portugal and emigrated to Canada at the age of 20. Irene has published poetry, academic articles, and short fiction in various Canadian and international journals.

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Wearing Glasses of Water (Poetry)




Muhammad Umar Memon

Muhammad Umar Memon writes fiction and criticism in Urdu and English and has also translated widely from modern Urdu fiction, of which he has published four volumes. He has edited Studies in the Urdu Ghazal and Prose Fiction.

Domains of Fear and Desire: Urdu Stories (Fiction Anthology)




Kagiso Lesego Molope

Kagiso Lesego Molope was born in South Africa in 1976 where she also grew up, before moving to Canada in 1997. Dancing in the Dust is her first novel.


Dancing in the Dust (Fiction)





Michelle Muir
Michelle Muir is a fourth grade teacher with the Peel District School Board as well as a professional storyteller and a poet. She won the national title of CBC Poetry Face Off champion in both 2006 and 2007.

Dubbed an ambassador for literacy, Michelle Muir has performed her spoken-word poetry for audiences across Canada and the United States. She rose to national attention when she was named CBC Radio's Poet Laureate in 2006. She was the CBC Radio Poetry Face Off champion in both 2006 and 2007. Her award-winning poems, “My Fantastic Voyage to Planet Irresistible” and “I Hope They Ask the Things I Didn't” are included in her collection Nuff Said (2009).
Nuff Said (Poetry)




Arun Mukherjee

Arun Prabha Mukherjee came to Canada from India in 1971 as a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Toronto. An Associate Professor of English at York University in Toronto, she is the author of The Gospel of Wealth in the American Novel: The Rhetoric of Dreiser and His Contemporaries (1987), Towards an Aesthetic of Opposition: Essays on Literature, Criticism and Cultural Imperialism (1988), and numerous books and articles on postcolonial literatures, women’s writing and critical theory. She has edited an anthology of writings by women of colour and aboriginal women entitled, Sharing Our Experience (1993), and contributed entries on several South Asian women writers to A Feminist Companion to Literature in English (1990).
Oppositional Aesthetics (Criticism)
Postcolonialism: My Living (Criticism)




Sophia Mustafa

Of South Asian origin, Sophia Mustafa was born in India in 1922 and grew up and went to school in Nairobi, Kenya. She was married in 1940 and moved to Tanganyika in 1948 with her husband. She was one of the first women members of parliament in Tanzania when she wrote The Tanganyika Way, published by Oxford University Press in 1961. She moved to Canada with her husband in 1989 She has three grown-up children.
In the Shadow of Kirinyaga (Fiction)
The Tanganyika Way (History)



Tahira Naqvi

Tahira Naqvi grew up in Lahore, Pakistan. She teaches English at Western Connecticut State University and has taught Urdu at New York University and Columbia, and is a writer and prolific translator. Her short stories have appeared in journals and have been widely anthologized. Her first collection of stories, Attar of Roses and Other Stories of Pakistan, was published in 1997. Among her translation credits are the works of Sa’adat Hasan Manto and Ismat Chugtai. She lives in New York with her husband and three sons.
Dying in a Strange Country (Fiction)



Rita Nayar

Rita Nayar has a university degree in psychology and a teaching certificate from the University of Sheffield, England.  A senior corporate professional in Toronto, she is also an artist and a poet. She has written her memoir, Ordeal by Fire, for the thousands of men and women who, through a twist of fate, have found themselves in tragic and unforgiving circumstances, and are desperate to free themselves from a hopeless and dead future.

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Ordeal by Fire: A Memoir (Memoir)



Uma Parameswaran

Uma Parameswaran was born in India and now lives in Canada. Her recent publications include award-winning What Was Always Hers (short stories), The Forever Banyan Tree, The Sweet Smell of Mother’s Milk-Wet Bodice (novella), Mangoes on the Maple Tree (novel), Sisters at the Well (Poems), and Riding High with Krishna and a Baseball Bat & Other Stories.






Sasenarine Persaud

Sasenarine Persaud is the author of eight books. He received the 1996 K M Hunter Foundation Emerging Artist Award for his fiction and the 1999 Arthur Schomburg Award for his pioneering of Yogic Realism and his “outstanding achievements as an author, poet and literary theorist.” Persaud’s fiction, essays and poetry have been published in Canada, England, India, The Middle East, the United States, and the West Indies.


Canada Geese and Apple Chatney (Fiction)
In a Boston Night (Poetry)



Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a Worcester-raised, Toronto-matured, Oakland-based queer Sri Lankan writer, performer, and teacher. She is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Mangos With Chili, North America's only touring cabaret of queer and trans people of colour performing artists. She is a commissioned performer with Sins Invalid, the national performance organization of queer people with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Her one-woman show, Grown Woman Show, has toured throughout North America. The author of Consensual Genocide, her writing has appeared in the anthologies Yes Means Yes, Visible: A Femmethology, Homelands, Colonize This, We Don't Need Another Wave, Bitchfest, Without a Net, Dangerous Families, Brazen Femme, Femme and A Girl's Guide to Taking Over the World. She writes regularly for Bitch, Colorlines, Hyphen, Left Turn, and Make/Shift magazines. The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities, which she co-edited with Ching-In Chen and Jai Dulani, will be published by South End Press in March 2011. She is one of Feminist Press' 2010 "40 Feminists Under 40 Who Are Shaping the Future" and a 2011 Pushcart Prize nominee.


Consensual Genocide (Poetry)



Dawn Promislow

Dawn Promislow was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. She left South Africa with her family in 1977 and lived in London, England, before returning to study English and French literature at the University of Cape Town. She has lived in Toronto since 1987, where she works in magazine journalism.
Jewels and Other Stories (Fiction)



Trish Salah

Born in Halifax and currently living in Montreal, Trish Salah is a poet, doctoral student, education worker and union activist. She is a member of the Stern Writing Mistresses and her writing has appeared in various magazines and anthologies including Blood+Aphorisms, Blood Kiss: Vampire Erotica, Borderlines, Descant, The Diasporic Imagination, Queen Street Quarterly, Ribsauce: a cd /anthology of words by women, Tessera, TNT: Transsexual News Telegraph, and most recently, Fireweed, Brazen: Transgressing Femme Identity, and Bent on Writing. With Mirha-Soleil Ross and Bobby Noble, she is currently co-editing Counting Past 2, a multidisciplinary collection of transsexual and transgender art and criticism. Wanting in Arabic is her first book of poetry.
Wanting in Arabic (Poetry)



Sam Selvon

Sam Selvon was born in Trinidad, where he completed his first novel, A Brighter Sun, which brought him instant recognition. Later he moved to UK, where he spent more than twenty years and wrote most of his major works. He is widely recognized as one of the major Caribbean writers to have emerged in the post-War era and has been awarded the Guggenheim fellowship.
An Island is a World (Fiction)
Those Who Eat the Cascadura (Fiction)




Olive Senior
Olive Senior is one of Canada's most internationally recognized and acclaimed writers. Among her many awards and honours she has won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and F.G. Bressani Literary Prize, was nominated for a Governor-General’s Literary Award, and was runner up for the Casa de Las Americas Prize and the Pat Lowther Award. In 2003, she received the Norman Washington Manley Foundation Award for Excellence (preservation of cultural heritage – Jamaica). Her body of published work includes four books of poetry, three collections of short stories and several award-winning non-fiction works on Caribbean culture.
Arrival of the Snake-Woman (Fiction)




John Stewart

John Stewart was born in Trinidad and educated at California State University, Stanford University, and the University of California in Los Angeles. His short stories have appeared in, among other places, The Faber Book of Contemporary Caribbean Short Stories (1990) and Best West Indian Short Stories (London: Nelson, 1981). He is a recipient of a Royal Society of Literature Award for Last Cool Days. Currently he is professor and director of African American and African Studies, University of California, Davis.

Last Cool Days (Fiction)
Looking For Josephine and Other Stories (Fiction)




Fraser Sutherland
Fraser Sutherland was born and raised in Nova Scotia, and is now living in Toronto. He is a widely travelled freelance writer, critic, editor, and lexicographer. His work has appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including eight volumes of poetry, four of nonfiction, and one of short fiction. His work has been translated into Albanian, Farsi, French, Italian, and Serbo-Croat. A member of PEN, he has a special interest in immigrant and exiled writers.

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The Matuschka Case (Poetry)




Sanjay Talreja

Sanjay Talreja is a film-maker who has been working in the visual medium—primarily documentaries—for a number of years in India, Canada and the US. He is also Assistant Professor teaching documentary and media-related classes at the University of Windsor.
Strangers in the Mirror (Social and Cultural Criticism)




H Nigel Thomas
H Nigel Thomas was born in St Vincent. He attended university in Montreal and for ten years was a teacher with the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal. He is now professor of literature at Laval University.  His published works include the novel Spirits in the Dark, which was short-listed for the 1994 Quebec Writers’ Federation Hugh MacLennan Fiction Award; How Loud Can the Village Cock Crow, short fiction; and Moving through Darkness, poetry.


Behind the Face of Winter (Fiction)
Return to Arcadia (Fiction)  
Why We Write (Nonfiction)
Lives: Whole and Otherwise (Fiction)




Salimah Valiani

Salimah Valiani is a researcher in political economy and world economic development, an activist, and a writer. She has lived and worked in cities in Canada, England, the United States, and South Africa. Her creative writing has appeared in alternative newspapers and literary journals, and has been used in community radio programs. breathing for breadth, her first collection of poetry, is replete with social,  political and cultural commentary. Struggles of day-to-day life, the beauty of world cities, and protest and resistance are some of the themes featured in her poems.

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breathing for breadth (Poetry)




Yvonne Vera

Yvonne Vera was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Her works Why Don’t You Carve Other Animals and Nehanda  were short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers Award Africa Region in 1993 and 1994, respectively.
Nehanda (Fiction)
Why Don't You Carve Other Animals
Without a Name





Nalini Warriar

Nalini Warriar won the McAuslan First Book Award in 2002 for her collection of short stories Blues from the Malabar Coast. She has conducted writing workshops and writes reviews for the Montreal Gazette. She wrote the Quebec City chapter in Write Across Canada. Nalini was born in Kerala, India, and has lived in Heidelberg, Germany, and Strasbourg, France. She is a cancer researcher and a biotech consultant fluent in German and French. She lives in Quebec City.

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Blues From The Malabar Coast (Fiction)
The Enemy Within (Fiction)




Betty Warrington-Kearsley
Betty Warrington-Kearsley was born in England but grew up with her Chinese family in a kampong in Singapore. She also writes Haiku and short stories, and is working on a memoir. She won first prize in ARC’s 2004 Diana Brebner Poetry Award, was co-winner in the 2004 Ray Burrell poetry contest, and was short-listed for the 2004 Shaunt Basmajian Poetry Award. She has published in several magazines and anthologies, including Tracking Ground and Yawp 2005 (University of Ottawa), The Delicate Art of Paper Passing 2006 (Carleton University), and the 58th Basho International Festival Anthology (Japan) 2004. Betty also writes under her pen name, Pe-Lien.

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Red Lacquered Chopsticks (Poetry)



Jim Wong-Chu

Jim Wong-Chu is co-editor of the critically acclaimed anthologies, Many-Mouthed Birds: Contemporary Chinese Canadian Writing, and Swallowing Clouds: An Anthology of Chinese Canadian Poetry. He is a founding member of the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop.

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Strike the Wok (Fiction)




Barnett Zumoff
Barnett Zumoff is Professor of Medicine in Albert Einstein College of Medicine and in Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and is Emeritus Chief of Endocrinology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. He is fluently bilingual in Yiddish and English and is currently President of the Congress for Jewish Culture, and the Forward Association. He has published eight volumes of poetry, in addition to individual translations published in journals. He has a volume of translation of poetry by Peretz Miranski in press and has completed a translation of Emanuel Goldsmith’s “Anthology Of Yiddish Poetry In America, 1870-2000; Volume 1.” 

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Songs to a Moonstruck Lady: Women in Yiddish Poetry (Poetry, editor and translator)


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