News & Reviews
Drums of My Flesh by Cyril Dabydeen recommended by Shani Mootoo in Word on the Street's CanLit 150 series! Read here.
Faizal Deen interviewed by All Lit Up for their Poets Resis series. Read here.
Natasha Kanapé Fontaine interviewed by CHOQ fm about her poetry. Listen here (en français).
Pamela Mordecai's de book of Mary reviewed by Rebekah Ludolph at Arc Poetry Magazine, called it a "radical vision...told with poetic grace, irreverent humour, and deep compassion." Read here.
The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth reviewed by AltMuslimah: "The anthology is stocked with an impressive array of diverse stories..." Read here.
All Lit Up has a Canada Reads edition of their "If You Liked x, Read y" feature, including Natasha Kanapé Fontaine's Do Not Enter My Soul in Your Shoes. Read here.
Kerry Clare at 49th Shelf listed Trish Salah's Wanting in Arabic in her list of "Reading to Smash the Patriarchy." Read here.
Small Press Book Review reviewed Belief by Mayank Bhatt. Read here.
Bethlehem Terrefe Gebreyohannes interviewed by CBC's The Next Chapter about her memoir, Fire Walkers. Listen here.
Mayank Bhatt interviewed by CBC's The Next Chapter. Listen here.
Fire Walkers and Electric Fences both listed by Toronto Star columnist Sarah Murdoch in her list of books to celebrate Black history around the world. Read here.
Fire Walkers listed as a Nota Bene by World Literature Today. Read here.
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's Bodymap listed on All Lit Up's "Top 10: Social Justice Booklist." Read here.
The Greatest Films reviwed by Rajiv Mohabir at Waxwing. Read here.
Pamela Mordecai interviewed by Open Book. Read here.
The Arab Weekly reviewed The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth. Read here.
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's Bodymap was shortlisted for the 2016 ReLit Awards! Read the full listing here.
The Mississauga News covered The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth in their "My Back Pages" column. Read here.
Saima S Hussain interviewed by The Morning Show about The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth. Watch here.
Prothom Alo interviewed Mohamed M Keshavjee at a launch for his book, Into that Heaven of Freedom. Read here.
Natasha Kanapé Fontaine's Assi Manifesto reviewed by World Literature Today, called "a timely and timeless collection." Read here.
Veena Gokhale reviewed Mayank Bhatt's Belief for Montréal Serai. Read here.
The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth reviewed by the Toronto Star: "The candid and authentic voices . . . add much to what is becoming an increasingly important conversation." Read here.
Mississauga News interviewed Mayank Bhatt about his debut novel, Belief. Read here.
Bethlehem Terrefe Gebreyohannes's Fire Walkers reviewed in The Globe and Mail. Read here.
Mayank Bhatt and Gugu Hlongwane interviewed about writing and publishing in Canada by Canadian Immigrant. Read here.
Mayank Bhatt was interviewed and featured in The Toronto Star. Read here.
Read a poem from Natasha Kanapé Fontaine's Assi Manifesto in the Montreal Review of Books here.
The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth reviewed by The Globe and Mail: "Such an assortment allows for few broad generalizations other than a desire for more of these stories, hopefully in full-length works." Read here.
In a review, Herizons says The Relevance of Islamic Identity in Canada "sincerely vocalizes the tensions and challenges faced on a daily basis by Muslims living in Canada." Read here.
Mayank Bhatt's debut novel Belief reviewed in Quill & Quire; "illuminating, plain-spoken novel" and "instrumental in generating substantive discussion about the immigrant experience." Read here.
Mayank Bhatt interviewed by Open Book Toronto about his debut novel Belief, part of their Word on the Street Interview Series. Read here.
The Montreal Review of Books reviewed Natasha Kanapé Fontaine's Assi Manifesto, saying her poems "convey a sense of spoken word and performance off the page." Read here
Andrea Gutierrez at make/shift magazine reviewed Bodymap.
The Peterborough Examiner has an article on the Lakefield Literary Festival! Read about Pamela Mordecai's reading the Lakefield United Church here
Dawn has a review of The Relevance of Islamic Identity in Canada! Read here
Jamaica Gleaner covered Pamela Mordecai's launch for de book of Mary at Sts Peter and Paul Church. Read here
The EastAfrican reviewed Mohamed M Keshavjee's Into that Heaven of Freedom, saying it "
paints a historical portrait worthy of careful
Room Magazine reviewed Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's Bodymap in thier Women of Colour issue, calling it "pure Piepzna-Samarasinha—tough and full of desire; it needs to be flaunted in all its glory." Read here.
All Lit Up featured Natasha Kanapé Fontaine's Assi Manifesto in their Poetry in Motion series! Read about Natasha's poetry and watch the video of her at the Edinburgh Book Festival here.
Joséphine Bacon (Message Sticks) was awarded an honorary doctorate by Laval University! Read here (en français).
Tallawah Magazine featured Pamela Mordecai's de book of Mary as their "Book of the Moment," covering Pamela's book launch in Jamaica. Read here.
Pamela Mordecai will be reading at Elora Writers' Festival. Details here.
Terry Watada will be reading at the Asian Heritage Month Festival. Details here and here.
Trish Salah's Wanting In Arabic is listed in Book Riot's "Finding Trans Authors in Your Favorite Genre." Read the list here.
Terry Watada will be reading at the University of Toronto's East Asian Library.
World Literature Today listed de book of Mary as one of their Nota Benes for May. Read here.
Sheniz Janmohamed (Firesmoke, Bleeding Light) was interviewed by CJRU The Scope at Ryerson. Listen here.
New Canadian Media reviewed Mohamed M Keshavjee's Into that Heaven of Freedom. Read here.
PEN America interviewed Trish Salah for their weekly interview series "The Pen Ten". Read here.
Kera News has an interview with Mohamed M Keshavjee (Into that Heaven of Freedom). Read and listen here.
Wasafiri reviewed Love in a Time of Technology, calling Sasenarine Persaud "a poet of precise language, of the finely-honed meaning . . ."
Terry Watada was featured in All Lit Up's Woven Odes series! Read the blog post here.
Yaya Yao's Flesh, Tongue was included on CBC Books' list of 15 must-read poetry collections! Read here.
The Shorthorn covered Mohamed M Keshavjee's talk at The University of Texas: "Author speaks on identity, social change". Read here.
The Toronto Star posted an excerpt from The Relevance of Islamic Identity in Canada. Read part of Haroon Siddiqui's "Anti-Muslim Bigotry Goes Official: Canada’s Newest Dark Chapter" here.
5 Mawenzi poets (Terry Watada, Pamela Mordecai, Sheniz Janmohamed, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha) are all featured on All Lit Up's poetry constellation map. View here.
Leah Lakshmi interviewed by Nia King about her new memoir Dirty River. Read here.
Interview with Dr. Mohamed Keshavjee, author of Into that Heaven of Freedom. Listen here.
Yaya Yao and Sheniz Janmohamed talked about their favourite poems in All Lit Up's Poets of Colour Pick Poets NPM16. Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's Bodymap was listed by fellow poet Soraya Peerbaye. Read here.
Dr. Mohamed Keshavjee will be honoured at the Morehouse College "A Day of Peace" Awards. For more details, visit here.
Sheniz Janmohamed will be speaking at the art bar. For more details, visit here.
Pamela Mordecai (de book of Mary, Subersive Sonnets) was interviewed by 49th Shelf on her novel, Red Jacket (from Dundurn Press). Read here.
Sheema Khan, author of Of Hockey and Hijab, will be part of the TEDxKanata conference! For details, visist here.
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha was nominated for Publishing Triangle's Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry for Bodymap! Read here.
Mayank Bhatt, contributor to The Relevance of Islamic Identity in Canada, interviewed Loren Edizel (The Ghosts of Smyrna, Adrift) for his TAG TV show, Living Multiculturalism with Mayank Bhatt. Watch here.
49th Shelf listed H Nigel Thomas's When the Bottom Falls Out as a "perfect Spring Break [read] for tropical literary immersion." Read here.
Sakhi for South Asian Women included Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha as one of 8 South Asian Women to celebrate for International Women's Day. Read here.
New Canadian Media reviewed Yaya Yao's Flesh, Tongue: "Yao’s poems, 44 in total, tell of the need for a continuous narrative and context for one’s place in the world." Read here.
On March 16, Pamela Mordecai will be reading at VERSEfest, in Ottawa. More details here.
All Lit Up's blog post, "Emma Watson's Book Club, All Lit Up-Style" includes Bodymap by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha as a great feminist read! Read here.
On March 19, Sasenarine Persaud will be reading his poetry in Florida, at the Hillsboro County Public Library Cooperative. Details here.
Mawenzi House was mentioned as a publishisher "[who is] committed to publishing writers of colour" in All Lit Up's blog post of ways to diversify your press. Read here.
The Vancouver Observer promoted upcoming The Relevance of Islamic Identity in Canada book launch in Vancouver. Details here.
Pamela Mordecai received a certificate celebrating outstanding women, from Zonta Kitchener-Waterloo. Read here.
Yaya Yao was interviewed by She Does The City, about Flesh, Tongue, where she says, "Poems are amazing because there’s this economy in parallel with the potential to slow time." Read here.
Natasha Kanapé Fontaine among attendees of annual march honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women. Read here.
Haroon Siddiqui (contributor to The Relevance of Islamic Identity in Canada) talks to CCTV America about his thoughts on the US elections. Watch here.
Ismaili Mail promotes upcoming The Relevance of Islamic Identity in Canada book launch in Vancouver. Details here.
Autostraddle listed Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's "Bodymap" (from Bodymap) as one of 10 love poems by queer poets to read for Valentine's Day. Read here.
H. Nigel Thomas interviewed for Between the Pages by Dimitri Nasrallah. Watch here.
Sheniz Janmohamed was featured in The Globe and Mail's "Hogtown Stories" series! Read here.
Canadian Literature has a great review of Fauji Banta Singh, calling it a "significant [glimpse] of the complex and intangible character of the South Asian diaspora." Read here.
All Lit Up's "Jules' Tools for Social Change" coloumn lists Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarsinha's Bodymap as a "feminist-focused [title] to kickstart your commitment to social justice." Read here.
Quill and Quire's Spring 2016 preview includes forthcoming poetry collection, Assi Manifesto. Read here.
Rabble reviwed The Relevance of Islamic Identity in Canada, calling the anthology "both timely and necessary." Read here.
The Manitoban reviewed The Relevance of Islamic Identity in Canada. Read here.
The Humber Literary Review interviewed Pamela Mordecai about de book of Mary here.
All Lit Up includes Natasha Kanapè Fontaine's Assi Manifesto in their blog post, "2016 New Year's Resolution: Read New Voices!" Read here.
George Elliot Clarke says Pamela Mordecai's de book of Mary "[viewing] women as the [pivot] of theology and equality politics" here.
Sally Greider at Prism: The UF Honors Magazine reviewed Do Not Enter My Soul in Your Shoes. She called Natasha Kanapé Fontaine's p0oetry "smooth and musical." Read here.
Colorlines includes Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha in "15 Remarkable Women of Color Who Rocked 2015" here.
All Lit Up includes Pamela Mordecai's de book of Mary in Chappy Hour here.
Neil Armstong at The Gleaner interviewed Pamela Mordecai on de book of Mary. You can read the full article on our Facebook page here.
de book of Mary was listed as one of "a couple books to consider as gifts during the season" in Pride News. Read here.
Mawenzi House was featured on All Lit Up's In House series! Read all about our history here.
Sarah Ramsey at All Lit Up listed Loren Edizel's Adrift as one of the "5 Best Bets for the Holidays from Your Neighbourhood Indie Bookseller". Read here.
CBC News covered our launch party for The Relevance of Islamic Identity in Canada. Watch here. (Skip ahead to 14:15 to see the story)
The Montreal Review of Books has an except from Do Not Enter My Soul in Your Shoes. Read "Everything is a circle" here.
Carol Goar at the Toronto Star calls The Relevance of Islamic Identity in Canada "an enlightening, unsettling, open-ended book, a testament to the resilience and candour of Canadian Muslims." Read here.
Jaime Forsythe reviewed Natasha Kanapé Fontaine’s Do Not Enter My Soul in Your Shoes in the latest issue of the Montreal Review of Books, calling the author "a crucial voice." Read more.
H. Nigel Thomas had an interview with Amatoritsero Ede for the Maple Tree Literary Supplement in which he discussed themes of sexuality, identity, and the Caribbean-Canadian experience in his books. Read more.
George Elliot Clarke at MTLS has a mixed review of Dannabang Kuwabong's Voices from Kibuli Country, but still calls him "magnificent" and "a bard of fine talent", whose "content is best when he is spewing discontent." Read more.
Sasenarine Persaud's Love in a time of Technology was shortlisted for the Guyana Prize for Literature in the category for Best Book of Poetry! Read more.
Hermana Resist Press has a review of Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's Bodymap: "The people that you meet in uncertain and fucked up times, for those that can’t return home, can’t touch their homeland, tentatively tongue the word “diaspora,” these poems are for you." Read here.
Awaaz Magazine reviews Into that Heaven of Freedom here.
Michael Dennis at Today's Book of Poetry reviewed Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's Bodymap, calling it "a splendid step in every direction at once." Read here.
All Lit Up's CanLit Rewind featured Echoes from the Other Land by Ava Homa. Read the blog post here.
Pamela Mordecai was interviewed at the blog Poéfrika about her upcoming book of poetry, de book of Mary. Read here.
Cha has a glowing review of Terry Watada's The Game of 100 Ghosts. Read here.
Sally Grieder at UF Prism Magazine reviewed Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's Bodymap, saying the book is "for anyone who wants to learn more; more about themselves, more about others, more about the crazy world of injustice and heartbreak and enduring love we live in." Read here.
Danika at The Lesbrary reviewed Leah Lakshmi Piepzna Samarasinha's Bodymap: "This is poetry that punches you in the gut. It’s hard and bright and unapologetic." Read here.
Grace Shuyi Liew reviewed Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's Bodymap for The Fanzine, calling it "a book with a yearning heart that wants to invite you into its world, wholly and sincerely." Read here.
Geoffrey Philp's Blog has an excerpt from Pamela Mordecai's upcoming poetry collection, de book of Mary. Read here.
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha was interviewed by Ava Kofman at Feministing on her most recent book of poetry, Bodymap. Read here.
Irene Marques, author of The Perfect Unravelling of the Spirit, was interviewed by Creative Life. She talks about ambition, happiness, strength, and the writing process. Read here.
Wendy Elisheva Somerson at Tikkun Daily reviewed Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's Bodymap. Read here.
South Asian Ensemble has a nice review of Sasenarine Persaud's Love in a Time of Technology. We have the full review posted on our Facebook page. Read here.
Natasha Kanapé Fontaine and Joséphine Bacon were each interviewed by Indian Country about poetry, the Innu-aimun language, and Innu culture. Read here and here.
The Toronto Star compiled a list of five short story collections that "intrigue and entertain", including H Nigel Thomas's When the Bottom Falls Out. Read here.
Creative Life interviewed Sonia Saikaley, author of Turkish Delight, Montreal Winter about writing, grief, family, and perseverance. Read here.
GRITtv has an interview with Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha about disability rights and justice. Watch here.
Bitch Magazine interviewed Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, talking Bodymap, queer cabaret, and disabled femme of colour resistance and survival. Read here.
Natasha Kanapé Fontaine wrote a piece in Le Devoir, reflecting on poetry, her mentor Joséphine Bacon, and their travels in France. Read here (en français).
Daily Xtra included Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's Bodymap on their list of queer Canadian poetry to read this summer! Read here.
Autostraddle.com included Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Trish Salah in their list of "9+ Queer Canadian Poets to Break Your Heart and Put It Back Together Again." Read here.
World Literature Today listed Terry Watada's The Game of 100 Ghosts as a Note Bene. Read here.
Carmen Rios at Autostraddle.com reviewed Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's Bodymap, saying the poems "never lose the strength, the drive, the relentless pushing and scraping and grasping for more." Read here.
George Elliott Clarke at The Chronible Herald reviewed In Our Translated World, calling it "an exemplary study of how beautiful poetry emerges despite painful politics." Read here.
Blogger Mayank Bhatt reviewed Sasenariane Persaud's Love in a Time of Technology, calling it "one of the most exquisite collections of poems I’ve read in recent times." Read here.
The Montreal Community Contact did a piece on H. Nigel Thomas, author of When the Bottom Falls Out. Read here.
Casey at Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian reviewed Bodymap, praising Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha for her powerful words and the raw, visceral tone to her poetry, calling it "her strongest set of poetry yet." Read here.
Writer Todd Shimoda reviewed Terry Watada's The Game of 100 Ghosts in the Asian Review of Books. He says the poetry is "highly recommended, and is best read in quiet candlelight. " Read here.
Natasha Kanapé Fontaine was selected by Marilyn Dumont as a new, up-and-coming voice in the peotry scene for All Lit Up's Poetry Primer series. Read here.
Elinor Zimmerman at "The Lesbrary" reviewed Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's Bodymap, calling it "a wonderfully emotional experience", "straight-up gorgeous", and says that "just about everyone should read Bodymap." Read here.
Ricepaper Magazine praised Terry Watada's The Game of 100 Ghosts in their Spring 2015 issue. Read here.
David Cardoso at Nomadic Press reviewed Terry Watada's The Game of 100 Ghosts: "Watada reassures us that we can measure ourselves against the coming darkness with the light of our words—a lone candle in the dark." Read here.
Allison McCarthy interviewed Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha about Bodymap and self-acceptance for Bustle.com. Read here.
Leah Laskshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha was interviewed for the Spring 2015 Issue of Jaggery Literature Journal. Read here.
The Walrus calls Trish Salah's Wanting in Arabic "simply gorgeous" in its feature "No Heroes: Five books by transgender authors that everyone should read." Read here.
Sadhu Binning, author of Fauji Banta Singh, has been added to the Vancouver Public Library's permanent installation in British Columbia, "Literary Landmarks." Read here.
Safia Fazlul's The Harem is reviewed by Canadian Literature in "Re(dis)covered Histories" in both print (Nov. 2014) and online. Read here.
Bostonia reviewed Love in a Time of Technology by Sasenarine Persaud both in print and on the web.
Khaas Baat featured Love in a Time of Technology by Sasenarine Persaud on their website. Read here.
Trish Salah's Wanting in Arabic made Buzzfeed's list, "15 Books By Transgender Women You Need To Read Immediately". Read here.
Rogers TV Daytime interviewed C. Fong Hsiung, author of Picture Bride. Watch here.
Sally Greider at Prism: UF Honors Magazine reviewed Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's Love Cake, calling it "poetry that encompasses a life, a culture, a celebration of survival." Read here.
"Today's Book of Poetry" blog reviewed The Game of 100 Ghosts by Terry Watada. Read here.
The Globe and Mail reviewed H Nigel Thomas' When the Bottom Falls Out in a small press feature, "Three small press books worth a read." Read here.
Picture Bride by C. Fong Hsiung is reviewed by Galactic Tides book blog. Read here.
The Bulletin ran the NAJC's review of Terry Watada's The Game of 100 Ghosts in print and digital. Read here.
Toronto National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) reviews The Game of 100 Ghosts by Terry Watada. Read here.
Joséphine Bacon and Natasha Kanapé Fontaine are featured in a post, "Native American poets in the public square" on salondouble.com. Read here.
Troubled Pilgrimage: Passage to Pakistan by Balwant Bhaneja is mentioned on Insider Toronto's "Book Time." Read here.
The Chronicle Herald discussed Indran Amirthanayagam's Uncivil War as an important voice on war. Read here.
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha was interviewed in Colorlines. Read here.
Fauji Banta Singh was featured in BC Bookworld. Read here.
Montreal Seria interviewed Lored Edizel and reviewed The Ghosts of Smyrna. Read here.
Sasenarine Persaud and Love in a Time of Technology were feature at Boston University. Read here.
Galatic Tides called The Ghosts of Smyrna a "beautiful tale about the lives, trials and tribulations of the residents of Smyrna." Read here.
Balwant Bhaneja talks about his memoir, Troubled Pilgrimage: Passage to Pakistan with CHUO FM. Listen here (7:00-17:47 min).
The Brocton Writers Series blog featured Sheniz Janmohamed in anticipation of her reading of Firesmoke. Read here.
The National Association of Japanese Canadians awards Terry Watada (The Game of 100 Ghosts) the NAJC Human Rights Award. Read here.
The Express Tribune says Troubled Pilgrimage: Passage to Pakistan is "an insightful look into the lives of those displaced by the 1947 Partition, as well as those who immigrated in the years after." Read here.
Message Sticks was featured in World Literature Today's Nota Bene. See here.
The Caribbean Writer says the poems in Lantana Strangling Ixora are "are explored
with [Persaud's] signature wit and skilful mastery of language." Read here.
Subversive Sonnets was reviewed in Volume 27 of The Caribbean Writer. Read here.
In Our Translated World was reviewed in Vidura. Read here.
Tamil Canadian says the translations in In Our Translated World are "a witness to the emotional power of words and language." Read here.
"This book will not only teach how many ways one can purposely turn history to song, it will make us learn more about Sri Lanka." - The Washington Independent Review of Books on Uncivil War. Read more.
Cheran is featured in the Sri Lankan BBC Poetry Postcard. Read here.
Sasenarine Persaud is featured in a BBC Poetry Postcards. Watch here.
New reviews in Canadian Literature for two of our short story collections: Miah and Jewels.
Discover Why Wanting in Arabic Is This Year's Best Transgender Fiction on Advocate.com. Read here.
The Harem by Safia Fazlul was reviewed in Herizons
Trish Salah's Wanting in Arabic won the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction! See here.
Canadian Literature reviewed Ava Homa’s Echoes from the Other Land in its Summer 2014 issue. Read here.
Troubled Pilgrimage: Passage to Pakistan by Balwant Bhaneja was reviewed in Bout de Papier Vol. 28. Read here
Jewels and Other Stories by Dawn Promislow was reviewed in Glamour magazine. Read here
Balwant Bhaneja was interviewed on Bilatakalluf, hosted by novelist Tahir Gora. Watch here
Irene Marques was interviewed in Portuguese American Journal. Read Here
In Our Translated World was reviewed by Professor R.S.Sugirtharajah from the University of Birmingham. Read Here
In Our Translated World was reviewed on Scott Edward Anderson's Poetry Blog. Read Here
Dawn Promislow, author of Jewels and Other Stories, has just published a new short story. Read Here
Check out the photos from the launch of In Our Translated World. See here
Trish Salah and Casey Plett talk about Trans Women's Lit with Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA). Read here
Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian highlights Wanting in Arabic by Trish Salah. Read Here
Trish Salah took part in Consensual Word Play: A Celebration of Queer Culture in Winnipeg. Read here
Wanting in Arabic by Trish Salah is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award! Read Here
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