Rahat Kurd is a writer, poet, editor, and a librettist based in Vancouver. The first collection of her poems titled COSMOPHILIA was published by Talonbooks in 2015, and her poem ‘Alkohol’ was a finalist for the 2019 Malahat Review Long Poem Prize. Rahat’s first libretto, commissioned by composer Brian Current for his oratorio ‘The River of Light’ was performed earlier this month at the Vancouver Opera Festival. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the Literary Review of Canada, Rungh, The Walrus, and Maisonneuve magazines. She is the guest editor of the forthcoming 2019 Summer Supplement issue of The Puritan online literary magazine themed around ‘What does it mean to be a Muslim writer?’ Over the next year she hopes to complete a critical memoir about the transformation of Muslim identity, once a matter of private conscience, into a public spectacle.
At the May 24 gathering of Surrey Muse, Rahat will be our Featured Author. More information about the event is here:
Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Katzie,
Kwantlen, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.