Tariq Malik is a poet, painter, and a writer of fiction. His poetry was most recently published as part of Unmooring the Komagata Maru – Charting Colonial Trajectories (UBC Press, 2019). His latest novel, Chanting Denied Shores (Bayeux Arts, Calgary 2010), is historical fiction set on the North American West Coast during the pre-war period of 1907–1914, and it highlights the events surrounding the Komagata Maru’s voyage to Canada. Tariq’s short story collection, Rainsongs of Kotli (TSAR Books, Toronto 2004), is a compilation of stories set in ‘a single cycle of seasons that explored loss and survival through nuances of social gesture and the ethos of a historically accurate time, place, and mindset’. Tariq’s current work, Blood Towers, is a novel set in the imagined kingdom of Arabistan, where it is rumored that modern-day slaves are building glass pyramids out of the desert sands to fulfill the wet dreams of the latter-day pharaohs. While Nights of Kleptomania is his debut collection of poetry, he is also working on two other collections: Selfie With Beached Whale, and Aubade – the Morning Ragas. Tariq’s fiction and art focus on the Pacific Northwest, and its intersection with historical colonial India in general, and the province of Punjab in particular.
At the April 23, 2021 gathering of Surrey Muse, Tariq will be the Featured Poet. More about the event is here: friday-april-23-2021/
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