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Mariam Pirbhai

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Mariam Pirbhai is a creative writer and academic. She is the author of a debut short story collection, Outside People and Other Stories (Inanna, 2017), which won the 2018 IPPY Gold Medal in the category of Multicultural Fiction.  Her short fiction has also appeared in numerous anthologies, including Her Mother’s Ashes, Volume III: Stories by South Asian Women in Canada and the United States (TSAR/Mawenzi, under the editorship of Nurjehan Aziz), and Pakistani Creative Writing in English (editors Fawzia Afzal Khan and Waseem Anwar), as well as literary journals such as jaggerylit and the Dalhousie Review.

She is also the author of several academic works, including Mythologies of Migration, Vocabularies of Indenture: Novels of the South Asian Diaspora in Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia-Pacific (University of Toronto Press, 2009), which is the first globally-framed comparative study of literary representations of Indian indentureship and South Asian diasporic experience. She is co-editor of Critical Perspectives on Indo-Caribbean Women’s Literature (Routledge 2013), the first collection of scholarly essays to trace an emergent literary tradition by Caribbean women writers of South Asian origin. She is the guest editor of a special issue, ‘South Asian Canadian Literature: A Centennial Journey’ in the refereed journal Studies in Canadian Literature (2015), which commemorates the hundred year history of South Asian migration to Canada.

Pirbhai is the President of CACLALS (the Canadian Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies), which is Canada’s oldest and most distinguished literary association devoted to postcolonial studies and global Anglophone writing, which holds its annual conferences at Canada's annual Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Pirbhai lives and works in Waterloo, Ontario, where she is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies, at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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Outside People and Other Stories (WInner: IPPY Gold Medal, 2018). Inanna, 2017
Critical Perspectives on Indo-Caribbean Women’s Literature . Routledge, 2013
Mythologies of MIgration, Vocabularies of Indenture: Novels of the South Asian Diaspora in Africa, the Caribbean, Asia-Pacific. University of Toronto Press, 2009


IPPY (Independent Publishers Awards) GOLD MEDAL for Outside People and Other Stories, 2018
Governor General's Award for Best Doctoral Dissertation, Faculty of Arts, Univesity of Montreal, 2004
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