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Renée Sarojini Saklikar

Renée Sarojini Saklikar

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Renée Sarojini Saklikar’s ground-breaking poetry book about the bombing of Air India Flight 182, children of air india, won the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Prize. Her book, Listening to the Bees, co-authored with Dr. Mark Winston, won the 2019 Gold Medal Independent Publishers Book Award, Environment/Ecology.Trained as a lawyer, Saklikar is an instructor for SFU and VCC. She was the first Poet Laureate for the City of Surrey, (2015-2018) and was the 2017 UBC Okanagan Writer in Residence. Curator of the poetry series Lunch Poems at SFU, and The Poetry Phone (1-833-POEMS-4-U), her work has been adapted for opera, visual art and dance. THOT J BAP is her sci-fic poetry epic, ten years in the making: book one, Bramah and the Beggar Boy, forthcoming from Nightwood editions in 2021.

Vancouver: traditional/unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples
Poetry, Essays, Creative Non Fiction, short stories
I write professionally in the following language(s):


Children of Air India, in/authorized exhibits and interjections (book length poem). 2013, Nightwood Editions
The Revolving City: 51 Poems and The Stories Behind Them (anthology with Wayde Compton). 2016, SFU/Anvil Press
Listening to the Bees (poetry book with essays by Dr. Mark Winston). 2018, Nightwood Editions
Bramah and The Beggar Boy, book one of the THOTJBAP epic poetry series. 2020, Nightwood Editions
After the Battle of Kingsway, the bees (chapbook finalist for the bpNichol award). 2016, Above/ground press
Man with Golden Helmet (short story mixing personal narrative with a ghost story). 2020, Pulp Lit Magazine
The Book of Bramah (chapbook). 2019, Above/ground press
THOTJBAP extracts (chapbook). 2018, Nomads Press
THOTJBAP (chapbook). 2016, Nous Zot Press


Canadian Authors Award for Best Poetry Book for Children of Air India, 2014
Gold Medal Independent Publishers Award/Environment/Ecology for Listening to the Bees, 2019
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