Doyali Farah Islam

Doyali Farah Islam’s parents immigrated to Canada from Bangladesh.  She grew up in Toronto, lived in London, England for four years, and studied English and equity studies at the University of Toronto.  Her poems have appeared in a number of Canadian literary magazines including CV2 which published two of her prize winning poems in 2010 and 2015. Visit Doyali Islam’s personal website for current readings and radio interviews. Islam’s poem “Cat and Door” won the League of Canadian Poets’ inaugural National Broadsheet Contest in 2017.

Yusuf and the Lotus Flower


Yusuf and the Lotus Flower: Poems

Ottawa: BuschekBooks, 2011.

Publisher’s Synopsis

In this first collection from a discerning Canadian voice, Doyali Farah Islam draws you toward the same gentle listening place from which her verses pour.  Islam bares her inner journey of daily meditation and prayer–decanting in the process, from poet-self to page, bold images, fluid linguistic turns, delightful double meanings, startling word play, deep thought, and small insights. … Yusuf (Joseph) is a figure common to Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, Sikh, and yogic philosophy.  In distinct ways, both motifs symbolize beautiful tenacity throughout hardships. …

Awards and Honours

2012 da Vinci Eye Award (for cover artwork)(Finalist)


Doyali Farah Islam personal weblog

Publisher BuschekBooks