Surjeet Kalsey was born in Punjab, India. She received her M.A. in English and Punjabi at the Punjab University Chandigarh. Kalsey moved to Canada to join her spouse Ajmer Rodé in 1974. In 1978, she completed an M.F.A. in creative writing and translation from the University of British Columbia, where her thesis was titled: Modern Punjabi Poetry: An Anthology. Her poetry and short stories have been published in an assortment of Canadian literary journals. Kalsey published her first collection of poetry in 1979 in Punjabi. Since then, she has published poetry, short stories and drama in English or Punjabi and has also edited collections of Canadian Punjabi literature and translated Punjabi poetry into English. Kalsey completed an M.Ed. in counselling psychology at the University of British Columbia and works as a family therapist. She lives in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Colours of My Heart: (Poems)
Chandigarh, India: Tarlochan Publishers, 2011.
Foot Prints of Silence: Poems
London, Ont.: Third Eye, 1988.
London, Ont.: Third Eye, 1999.
Speaking to the Winds: Poems
London, [Ont.]: Third Eye, 1982.
Kalsey, Surjeet and Ajmer Rodé, interview by Jurgen Hesse. In Voices of Change: Immigrant Writers Speak Out, edited by Jurgen Hesse. Vancouver: Pulp Press, 1990, 63-79.
Selected Criticism and Interpretation
Chilana, Rajwant Singh. “Surjeet Kalsey.” In South Asian Writers in Canada: A Bio-Bibliographical Study. Surrey, BC: Asian Publications, 2017, 152-153.
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