Ashok Mathur

Ashok Mathur was born in Bhopal, India in 1961. His Ph.D. thesis (University of Calgary, 1999) is entitled: Brown Gazing: The Pedagogy and Practice of South Asian Writing in Canada. He teaches critical studies at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition to poetry and fiction, Mathur has written extensively on literary and social justice issues. He edits C + C: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Critical and Cultural Studies.

Fiction

A Little Distillery in Nowgong

Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2009.
9th floor PS8576 .A8286 L58 2009

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

This fantastical historical novel, narrated by a child yet to be born, traces the lives of three generations of a Parsi family in India from the late 1800s to present day. The narrative follows the family from the intricacies of village life in the jungles of central India to the complications of urban life in turbulent pre- and post-independence struggles to contemporary diasporic realities in the United Kingdom and North America.

Fiction

The Short, Happy Life of Harry Kumar

Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2001.
9th floor PS8576 .A8286 S56 2001

Publisher’s Synopsis

Harry Kumar is an unlikely hero who finds himself vaulted into a glob-trotting, island-hopping quest to rescue his closest friend and confidant who has been kidnapped by a mysterious villain. With his travelling companion, a somewhat high-strung dog named Hanuman, Harry becomes embroiled in the odd politics that govern our world — and his own history.

Fiction

Once Upon an Elephant: A Down to Earth Tale of Ganesh and What Happens When Worlds Collide

Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 1998.
9th floor PS8576 .A8286 O52 1998

Publisher’s Synopsis

Brash, lurid, and wickedly funny, Once Upon an Elephant is … a fantastical contemporary retelling of the creation story of Ganesh, the elephant-headed Hindu deity.

Poetry

Into Skin

Calgary: Second Wednesday Press, 1991.

Limited ed. of 150 copies.

Poems printed on 14 leaves and 7 cards in portfolio.

Poetry

Loveruage: A Dance in Three Parts

Toronto: Wolsak and Wynn, 1994.

Anthology (Inteview)

Producing Canadian Literature

9th floor PN151 .D63 2013

Mathur, Ashok. “The Politics of Our Work.” Interview by Kit Dobson and Smaro Kamboureli. In Producing Canadian Literature: Authors Speak on the Literary Marketplace. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013, 28-46.

Links

Ashok Mathur Home Page at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C.

WIER
(Writers in Electronic Residence) biography

Publisher Arsenal Pulp Press