Mawenzi House Authors

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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.



Meena Alexander

Meena Alexander was born in India and raised there and in North Afriac. She now lives in New York City, where she is a professor of English and Creative Writing at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her work has appeared widely in journals in the United States, Canada, England, and India and has also been translated into several languages, including Italian and German. She has published several volumes of poetry, including Night Scene, the Garden. Her novel Nampally Road (1991) was a VLS Editor's Choice and her memoir Fault Lines was published in 1993.



Indran Amirthanayagam

Indran Amirthanayagam writes poetry and essays in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. His works include The Splintered Face, Ceylon R.I.P., El Infierno de Los Pájaros, El Hombre que Recoge Nidos, Sol Camuflado, La Pelota del Pulpo and The Elephants Of Reckoning, which won the 1994 Paterson Poetry Prize.  His poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and journals throughout the world.  He has also published translations of Mexican poets Manuel Ulacia and Jose Eugenio Sanchez.  He is a diplomat in the United States Foreign Service. He writes a blog on poetry at

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Joséphine Bacon

Joséphine Bacon is an aboriginal person from Innue de Betsiamites. She lives in Montreal. Director of film documentaries (Mishtikuashisht - Le Petit Grand Européen: ]ohan Beetz, ONF, 1996), she is equal parts poet and songwriter. Her songs, which include Mishapan Nitassinan, are performed by Chlo Sainte-Marie. She has recently published a series of poems in Aimititau! Parlons-nous!

Message Sticks / Tshissinuatshitakana, her first collection, was first published as a bilingual French/Innu-aimun work in Quebec. In 2014 she was a finalist for the Governor General's Award and in May 2010, Joséphine Bacon was awarded the Prix des lecteurs du Marché de la Poésie de Montréal for her poem “Dessine-moi l’arbre,” from her book Message Sticks/ Tshissinuatshitakana.


Anurima Banerji 

Born in Ottawa, Anurima Banerji is a Montreal-based writer and a graduate of McGill University. In the past few years she has also lived in Delhi, Calcutta and San Francisco. She has performed her work widely in Canada and the United States.


Balwant Bhaneja

Balwant Bhaneja was born in Lahore and left India in 1965 for Canada. The author of five books, he has written widely on politics, science and arts. His recent works include a collaboration with Indian playwright Vijay Tendulkar, entitled Two Plays: The Cyclist and His Fifth Woman (2006) published by Oxford University Press (India), and Quest for Gandhi: A Nonkilling Journey (2011) published by the Center of Global Nonkilling, Honolulu, Hawaii. Bhaneja’s short fiction has appeared in South Asian periodicals and his plays have been produced by the BBC World Service and Toronto’s Maya Theatre at Harbourfront. He lives in Ottawa. 


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. 


Sadhu Binning

Sadhu Binning was born in India and immigrated to Canada in 1967. He has published more than fifteen books including one novel, two short story and four poetry collections. He edited a literary monthly Watno Dur from 1977 to 1982 and currently co edits Watan, a Punjabi quarterly. Sadhu is the founding member of the Vancouver Sath and Ankur collective. He has co-authored and produced a number of plays about the South Asian Community. A retired UBC language instructor, Sadhu lives in Burnaby, BC. 


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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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.


Lien Chao

Lien Chao has observed Chinese life through her work in the community as well as her interactions with Chinese immigrants in ESL classrooms. She came 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 works include Maples and the Stream and More Than Skin Deep (poetry), Tiger Girl (Hu Nu) (memoir), and Strike the Wok: An Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Canadian Fiction (anthology).   


R Cheran

R Cheran is currently an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology at the University of Windsor. His publications include History and Imagination: Tamil Culture in the Global Context (2007), New Demarcations: Essays in Tamil Studies (2009), Pathways of Dissent: Tamil Nationalism in Sri Lanka (2010), and Empowering Diasporas: Dynamics of Post War Tamil Transnational Politics (2011).


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 has widely published in magazines in Canada and the United States, and is the author of ten previous collections of poetry. 

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Cyril Dabydeen

Cyril Dabydeen previously edited A Shapely Fire: Changing the Literary Landscape (Mosaic Press) and Another Way to Dance: Contemporary Asian Poetry in Canada and the United States (TSAR Publications). His work has appeared in the Oxford, Penguin and Heinemann Books of Caribbean Verse, and in over 60 literary magazines world-wide. A former Poet Laureate of Ottawa, his last novel Drums of My Flesh (TSAR Publications) won the Guyana Prize for Best Book of Fiction and was nominated for the prestigious IMPAC/Dublin Literary Prize. He is the recipient of the 2010 Guyana Lifetime Achievement Award. He teaches at the University of Ottawa.


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.  


Pilar Cuder-Domínguez

Pilar Cuder-Domínguez is Associate Professor at the University of Huelva (Spain), where she teaches British and English-Canadian Literature and Feminist Theory. Her research interests are the intersections of gender, genre, nation, and race. She is the author of Margaret Atwood: A Beginner’s Guide (2003), and the co-editor of five collections of essays (La mujer del texto al contexto, 1996; Exilios femeninos, 2000; Sederi XI, 2002; Espacios de Género, 2005; and The Female Wits, 2006). She has been visiting scholar at universities in Canada, the US, and the UK. Her latest publications have discussed the works of writers of Black and Asian ancestry in the UK and Canada  

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Loren Edizel

Loren Edizel was born in Izmir, Turkey. Her other works include the novel Adrift (TSAR, 2011) and several stories, including “The Conch,” which appeared in Turkish translation in the anthology Izmir in Women’s Stories (Kadın Öykülerinde Izmir). The Ghosts of Smyrna was published as Izmir Hayaletleri in Turkey in 2008 by Senocak Yayinlari (trans. Roza Hakmen). She lives in Toronto. 

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Safia Fazlul

Safia Fazlul of Bangladeshi background, was raised in Scandinavia and now lives in Toronto, where she attends the University of Toronto. When she was eighteen she found work as a “phone girl” for a high-end escort agency, an experience that inspired this novel.


Natasha Kanapé Fontaine 

Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, born in 1991, is a slam poet, painter, actor and indigenous rights activist. Innu of Pessamit community of the North Shore, she spent most of her life in urban areas, as did many other Aboriginal youth of her generation. Noticed first in Rimouski where she was studying, and at events in Montreal in spring 2012, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine is prominent on the provincial slam sceneshe's been dubbed the territorial slammer. She figures on Radio-Canada’s Plus on est de fou, plus on lit! list of ten young writers to watch. With an enduring commitment to the Idle No More movement, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine is part of the new generation of a people rising from the ashes, and who intends to take the place she deserves. She lives in Montreal. 


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Martin Genetsch

Martin Genetsch has studied German, English, and Media Studies in Germany, England, and Canada. His research interests include culutral theory, postcolonial literature, Shakespeare, and poetry. Currently he teaches Shakespeare at the University of Trier, and English and German to highly gifted children at a secondary school in Germany. He has published papers on postcolonial literatures, cultural theory, popular culture, and didactic issues in foreign language teaching.

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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. 


C. Fong Hsiung 

The eldest of five children, C. Fong Hsiung was born to Hakka Chinese parents in Kolkata, India. At the age of eighteen she immigrated to Canada where she married and raised three sons. She wrote “Alfie,” a short story published by Life Rattle Press for The Totally Unknown Writers Festival 2012, which was also featured in Life Rattle Radio.

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Arnold Harrichand Itwaru

Arnold Harrrichand Itwaru is the author of the modern classic Shanti and eleven other books. He was born in Guyana and resides in Toronto. 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. Home and Back is his thirteenth book and forth book of fiction.

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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 the founder of Ignite Poets, an initiative that allows young poets to work together for peace.   

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Chelva Kanaganayakam

Chelva Kanaganayakam wass a professor in the Department of English at the University of Toronto and was the Director for the Centre for South Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. His publications include Moveable Margins: The Shifting Spaces of Canadian Literature, Counterrealism and Indo Anglian Fiction, Lutesong and Lament: Tamil Writing from Sri Lanka, and Structures of Negation: The Writings of Zulfikar Ghose.


Mohamed M Keshavjee

Mohamed  M.  Keshavjee is a second generation South African of Indian origin. He is a graduate of Queen’s University in Canada and attained his LLM and PhD degrees at the  School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn, London. After leaving South Africa in 1962, Keshavjee lived in Kenya where he went to school and later practised law. For the past 30 years, he has lived in France working with the Aga Khan Development Network. He is a specialist in Alternative Dispute Resolution in cross-cultural contexts with a special emphasis on  diasporic communities. He is a member of the EU team of International Family Mediators and has travelled extensively throughout the world. At present, he lives in Britain where he lectures at various universities.


Ismith Khan

Ismith Khan was born in Trinidad in 1925 and has lived in the United States for the past three decades. He is the author of two other novels, The Jumbie Bird and The Crucifixion, and a collection of short stories, A Day in the Country and Other Stories. He lives in New York City. 


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, and is the founder and former chair of the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN). She has testified as an expert witness on Muslims in Canada and has appeared before a number of parliamentary committees. She is currently a patent agent in Ottawa.  


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 published three books:Konga and other Dagaaba Folktales, Visions of Venom, Caribbean Blues & Love's Genealogy, 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.

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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.


Julia Lin

Julia Lin was born in Taiwan and lived there and in Vietnam before her family immigrated to Canada when she was nine.  Since then, Julia has lived in Vancouver and its environs, Toronto, and northern British Columbia.  She holds a graduate degree in Immunology (M.Sc., University of Toronto) and a post-graduate degree in computing education (University of British Columbia) and has taught high school math, science, and computing science in British Columbia for a number of years.  Julia lives in Vancouver. 


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.

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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. 


Anand Mahadeavn

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.


Basdeo Mangru

Basdeo Mangru, the first M A graduate of the University of Guyana and former lecturer there, received his PhD in South Asian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is the author of Benevolent Neutrality: Indian Government Policy Towards Labour Migration to British Guiana, 1854- 1884 (London, 1987), and he has published extensively in journals and in anthologies. Dr Mangru has won several awards and distinctions, including the Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship in the United Kingdom (1978-1981) and the Rockefeller Residency Fellowship in the Humanities, at the Asian American Center, City University of New York (1990-1991). He currently lives and teaches in New York. 


Peretz Markish

Considered the "Jewish Byron" by many, Peretz Markish (1895-1852) was born in Volhynia, Ukraine, and went on to write forty works in Yiddish, twenty of which were translated into Russian. In 1921, in Warsaw, he formed the group called The Gang, which struggled against realism in literature, and he co-edited the expressionist Khaliastre Almanakh, which contained illustrations by Marc Chagall. His own poems expressed Jewish sorrow and hope. In 1926 he returned to the Soviet Union where he produced his best-known works, including those expressing Soviet patriotism and his grief at the extermination of the Jews. He was awarded the Order of Lenin in 1939, and executed in 1952, accused of Jewish nationalism.


Irene Marques

Irene Marques holds a PhD in Comparative Literature, a Masters in French Literature, a Masters in Comparative Literature and a Bachelor of Social Work. She is a bilingual writer (English and Portuguese) and has taught African and Caribbean literatures, comparative and world literature, literary theory, and writing and rhetoric at the Ontario College of Art and Design University for the last seven years. In the past she was a lecturer in Portuguese and a TA at University of Toronto and also worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health for the last 14 years. Her academic publications include the edited volume The Works of Chin Ce: A Critical Overview (2007), the manuscript Transnational Discourses on Class, Gender, and Cultural Identity (2012) and numerous articles in international journals including African Identities: Journal of Economics, Culture and Society, Research in African Literatures, and CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture. Her published works of fiction include Wearing Glasses of Water (poetry, 2007), Habitando na Metáfora do Tempo: Crónicas Desejadas (short stories, 2009) and The Circular Incantation (prose poetry, 2013). 


Belén Martín-Lucas

Belén Martín-Lucas is Associate Professor at the University of Vigo Spain) where she teaches Postcolonial Literatures in English and Diasporic Film and Literatures. Her publications focus on the politics of resistance in contemporary postcolonial feminist fiction, looking at the diverse strategies employed in literary works, such as tropes and genres. She has co-edited the volumes Global Neo-imperialism and National Resistance: Approaches from Postcolonial Studies (2004), Challenging Cultural Practices in Contemporary Post-Colonial Societies (2001), and Reading Multiculturalism: Contemporary Postcolonial Literatures (2000), published by the U. of Vigo P, and a Special Issue of The Atlantic Literary Review on National Literatures in English and the Global Market (New Delhi 2001).


Kasigo 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.


Pamela Mordecai

Pamela Mordecai writes poetry, fiction and plays. Her four previous collections of poetry are Journey Poem; de man: a performance poem;Certifiable and The True Blue of Islands. Her first collection of short fiction, Pink Icing and Other Stories,appeared in 2006. Her writing for children is widely collected and well known internationally. El Numero Uno, a play for young people, had its world premiere at the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People in Toronto in 2010. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario.

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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).


Sophia Mustafa

Sophia Mustafa was a writer and political activist. She was one of Tanzania's first women members of parliament. Of South Asian origin, she grew up and lived in East Africa, where she was active in developing literacy, libraries and newspapers in rural areas. In 1989 she migrated to Canada, where she become a novelist, publishing In the Shadow of Kirinyaga and Broken Reed.


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 this collection.   

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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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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 an essayist, novelist, short-story writer, and poet. He is the author of ten books: seven poetry collections, two novels, and a book of short stories. He was born in Guyana and has lived for several years in Canada. He has served as a vice-president and chair of the membership committee of the League of Canadian Poets, on the Board of Directors of the Scarborough Arts Council (Toronto), and on juries for the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council. He presently resides in Tampa, Florida.


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.  

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Jennifer Rahim

Jennifer Rahim is the author of three volumes of poetry, Mothers Are Not the Only Linguists (1992), Between the Fence and the Forest (2002), and Approaching Sabbaths (2009), and a collection of short stories, Songster and Other Stories (2007). Approaching Sabbaths& was awarded the 2010 Casa de las Américas Prize for best book in the category Caribbean Literature in English or Creole. Rahim is a senior lecturer in literature at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.

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Sonia Saikaley

Sonia Saikaley was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada. She grew up in a traditional Lebanese household and much of her writing is influenced by her rich Middle Eastern heritage. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Still Point Arts Quarterly, Things Japanese: A Collection of Short Stories, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, and the anthology Lavandería - A Mixed Load of Women, Wash, and Word. She is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers and the University of Ottawa. Her first book, The Lebanese Dishwasher (Quattro Books, 2012), was co-winner of the 2012 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest.


Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a Worcester raised, Toronto matured, Oakland-based queer Sri Lankan writer, performer and teacher. She teaches at UC Berkeley’s June Jordan’s Poetry for the People and is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Mangos With Chili, North America’s only touring cabaret of queer and trans people of color performing artists.  She is a commissioned performer with Sins Invalid, the performance organization of queer people with disabilities. Her one woman show, Grown Woman Show, has toured throughout North America, including performances at the National Queer Arts Festival, Swarthmore College, Yale University, Reed College and McGill University. She is a co founder of Toronto's Asian Arts Freedom School.


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.


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. 



charles c. smith

charles c smith teaches Cultural Pluralism in the Arts at the University of Toronto Scarborough. His poetry has been published in numerous places, and his work is included in two forthcoming anthologies, Black Canadian Poetry(Frontenac House) and Men in the Company of Women (Edgar and Lenore’s Publishing House, San Francisco).  


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.  

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Sanjay Talrej

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.


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, before joining the faculty at Laval University, Quebec, from where he recently retired.  His published works include the novels Behind the Face of Winter and Return to Arcadia, and the short-story collections, Lives, Whole and Otherwise and When the Bottom Falls Out. He received the Homage to Artists award from Laval University in 2013.

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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.


Sonia Villegas-López

Sonia Villegas-López is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Huelva, Spain. She has done research on gender studies and contemporary British and Canadian fiction, and has published essays and articles on Asian North American women’s writing (2003, 2004). She is the author of a monograph on anglophone women’s fiction of the late 20th century (Mujer y religión en la narrativa anglófona contemporánea, 1999), and of An Introduction to Feminist Theology (El sexo olvidado, 2005). She has presented papers on postcolonial literature both in national and international conferences about writers such as Amy Tan, Larissa Lai, Arlene Chai, or Evelyn Lau.


Latha Viswanathan

Latha Viswanathan has worked as a journalist, copywriter, editor and teacher in India, London, Manila, Montreal, Toronto and the United States. These stories have appeared in major American literary magazines and won awards. Her work received a grant from the Texas Commission of the Arts in Fiction, was published in Best New Stories from the South and broadcast on National Public Radio. She currently lives and writes in Houston.

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Terry Watada

Terry Watada is a Toronto poet, novelist, playwright and essayist, and historian, musician and composer, with numerous publications to his credit. Five of his plays have received mainstage production. He contributes a monthly column to The Bulletin, a national Japanese Canadian community paper. For his writing, music and community volunteerism, he was recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. His published works include The Sword, the Medal and the Rosary (manga, 2013); Kuroshio: The Blood of Foxes (novel, 2007), Obon: the Festival of the Dead (poetry, 2006); Ten Thousand Views of Rain (poetry, 2001); A Thousand Homes (poetry, 1995); and The TBC: the Toronto Buddhist Church,1995 – 2010  (2010).


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.


Yaya Yao

Yaya Yao was born and raised in Toronto's Parkdale and Little Portugal neighbourhoods with a lot of languages around her: Cantonese, Mandarin Hokkien, Shanghainese and French and English. Yaya’s poems have been published in several journals, including TOK7, Contemporary Verse 2, and the Toronto Review of Books. Her short play, Tongued, received staged readings through playwrights' units with Nightwood and fu-GEN Theatre companies, and she is co-author, with Helen Anderson, of the Educator's Equity Companion Guide.

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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.