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.
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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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