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Nisha Patel

Nisha Patel is a queer spoken word poet and artist and workshop leader. She is the City of Edmonton’s 8th Poet Laureate. Patel earned a BCom from the University of Alberta where she majored in business economics and law. In 2019, she co-founded a national queer femme South Asian artist collective, Maza Arts, and in 2020 co-founded Moon Jelly House, a publishing house centring the work of marginalized poets.



Edmonton: NeWest Press, 2021.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

In her debut collection, Canadian National Slam Champion Nisha Patel commands her formidable insight and youthful, engaged voice to relay experiences of racism, sexuality, empowerment, grief, and love. These are vitally political, feminist poems for young women of colour, with bold portrayals of confession, hurt, and healing.

Coconut rises fiercely like the sun. These poems bestow light and warmth and the ability to witness the world, but they ask for more than basking; they ask readers to grow and warn that they can be burnt. Above all, Nisha Patel’s work questions and challenges propriety and what it means to be a good woman, second-generation immigrant, daughter, consumer, and lover.


Nisha Patel personal website

Publisher NeWest Press