Shazia Hafiz Ramji is a poet, fiction writer and editor who won the 2021 Poetry and Prose prize hosted by Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG). She is a finalist for the 2021 National Magazine Awards, and her writing has been shortlisted for the 2020 Bridport Prize for International Creative Writing (UK), and it has been nominated for the 2020 Pushcart Prizes. Shazia’s first book of poems, Port of Being, received the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, was named by the CBC as a best Canadian book of poetry, and was shortlisted in 2019 for several awards including the City of Vancouver Book Award and the British Columbia and Yukon Book Prizes. Shazia grew up in Kenya, England, and the UAE, and moved with her family to Vancouver, BC, at the age of fifteen. She now lives between Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto, where she is at work on a novel and a second book of poems about faith, addiction, and her South Asian, Iranian, and Irish ancestry. As an editor, she is currently accepting submissions for Ahvaz, a chapbook anthology of poems by South Asian-Canadian poets.
At the August 27 gathering of Surrey Muse, Shazia Hafiz Ramji will be the Featured Author. More information about the event is here: august-27-gathering
Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded Coast Salish territories of
the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen
Qayqayt, Tsawwassen, Musqueam
Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.