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Uma Parameswaran

Uma Parameswaran

Photo: Christine Vogt-Williams, edited Bruce Hanks

Born in Chennai, India, Uma Parameswaran (nee Ganesan) was educated at Jabalpur (B.A.), Nagpur (Dip journalism and M.A), Indiana University (M.A. creative writing), and Michigan State University (Ph.D). Married to a mathematician, she has lived in Winnipeg since 1966. She joined the faculty of the University of Winnipeg, had a daughter, and completed her Ph.D., in sequence. She initiated several courses in Creative Writing at the U of W. After toiling up the academic ladder, she is now contemplating a free-fall into fiction writing. She is the author of numerous critical works in Canadian/Commonwealth literature, in addition to the publications below.


The Door I Shut Behind Me. Madras: East-West, 1990.
Cyclic Hope Cyclic Pain. Calcutta: Writers Workshop, 1973.
The Sweet Smell of Mother's Milk-Wet Bodice. Broken Jaw, 2001
The Forever Banyan Tree. Larkuma, 2007
Fighter Pilots Never Die (Short Fiction). Larkuma, 2007
Mangoes on the Maple Tree (Novel). Broken Jaw Press, 2002
Trishanku (Poems). TSAR Books, 1988
Rootless but Green are the Boulevard Trees (Play). TSAR Books, 1987
Trishanku and Other Writings. Prestige Books, 1998
Sons Must Die & Other Plays. Prestige Books, 1998
Sisters at the Well (Poems). Indialog, 2002
What was Always Hers(short stories). Broken Jaw Press, 1999


Caribe Manitoba Playwriting Competition, 1989.
Canadian Authors Association Annual Fiction Competition for "The Door I Shut Behind Me", 1967.
Canadian Authors Association Jubilee Award for What was Always Hers, 2000
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