Renée Sarojini Saklikar is a poet, author and mentor who also is the first Poet Laureate of the City of Surrey. Trained as a Lawyer at the University of British Columbia, she has a degree in English Literature, and graduation from Simon Fraser University’s The Writers Studio. Her book ‘Children of Air India‘ is the winner of the 2014 Canadian Authors Association Award for poetry, and, a finalist for the 2014 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Award.
Renée’s major work is an ongoing contemplation titled thecanadaproject, ‘a life-long poem chronicle that includes poetry, fiction, and essays.’ She has published some work from it in various journals and anthologies including the Literary Review of Canada, The Vancouver Review, Geist, Arc Poetry Magazine. The first book from the project,’Children of Air India, un/authorized exhibits and interjections’ (Nightwood Editions 2013) is a collection of poems about the bombing of Air India Flight 182 that was ‘Canada’s worst act of aviation terror’. It is available from Nightwood Editions at:
Renée is a mentor and instructor for SFU’s writing and publishing program where she has co-founded Lunch Poems at SFU, a new poetry reading series. She also serves as an advocate on the national council of The Writer’s Union of Canada.
At the April 22 gathering of Surrey Muse, Renée will read a selection of her poems. Click below for more information about the event: