Uma Parameswaran

Uma Parameswaran was born in Madras, India in 1938 and was raised in Jabalpur. She completed her undergraduate studies at Jabalpur University, received an M.A. in English from Napgur Univeristy, an M.A. in Creative Writing from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in English from Michigan State University. Uma Parameswaran immigrated to Canada in 1966 and settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba where she continues to live. She is a retired professor of English at the University of Winnipeg and has a special interest in the area of South Asian Canadian literature.


A Cycle of the Moon: A Novel

Toronto: TSAR, 2010.
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Publisher’s Synopsis

Using a deceptively simple and intimate style, Parameswaran explores the subtleties of love, marriage, sex, and family life in a changing South Indian environment.


Mangoes on the Maple Tree

Fredericton, N.B.: Broken Jaw Press, 2002.
9th floor PS8581 .A688 M36 2002

Publisher’s Synopsis

Set in Winnipeg against the 1997 “flood of the century”, this novel spans twenty days in the life of an Indo-Canadian family–the Bhaves and their cousins, the Moghes. … [In the novel], members of this extended family face their individual crises, and emerge with a better understanding of themselves as they take [sic] establish roots in Canada.

Fiction (Short stories)

Riding High With Krishna and a Baseball Bay & Other Stories

Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, 2006.

Fiction (Novella)

The Sweet Smell of Mother’s Milk-wet Bodice

Fredericton, N.B.: Broken Jaw Press, 2001.
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Inspired by real stories, the novella tells the tale of a sponsored wife of a landed immigrant, who soon experiences abuse followed by divorce with no spousal support from the husband that betrayed her.

Fiction (Short stories)

What Was Always Hers

Fredericton, N.B.: Broken Jaw Press, 1999.
9th floor PS8581 .A688 W42 1999

Publisher’s Synopsis

Enlightened, compassionate and humorous, these stories and a novella explore relationships, especially women-oriented relationships, and the experiences of Indo-Canadians

Awards and Honours

1999 New Muse Award (Winner)
2000 Canadian Authors’ Association Jubilee Award for short fiction (Winner)

Reading Writers Reading book cover


Reading Writers Reading: Canadian Authors’ Reflections

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Parameswaran, Uma. “Shifting Gears.” In Reading Writers Reading: Canadian Authors’ Reflections. Danielle Schaub, photographer and ed. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2006, 292-293.

Anthology (Short stories)

Write Across Canada: Mapping the Country in 19 Chapters

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Warriar, Nalini. “Winnipeg.” In Write Across Canada, commissioned by the Ottawa International Writers Festival. Roberts Creek, BC: Nightwood Editions, 2004.


Rootless but Green are the Boulevard Trees

Toronto: TSAR, 1987.
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This three act play explores the interpersonal relations of members of the Indo-Canadian Hindu community living in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Sons Must Die and Other Plays

New Delhi, India: Prestige, 1998.
9th floor PS8581 .A688 A19 1998

Publisher’s Synopsis

Sons Must Die and Other Plays reflects both the evolution of the Indo-Canadian community and the evolution of the writer. At one level, these plays deal with the demands and experiences of such universals as motherhood, bhakti, transplantation etc. while at the level of specifics, they delinieate the growth of theatre in the Indo-Canadian community.

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Trishanku, and Other Writings

New Delhi, India: Prestige, 1998.
9th floor PS8581 .A688 T75 1998

Selected Criticism and Interpretation

Blackburn, Di Gan. “Uma Parameswaran.” In Asian American Poets: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook, ed. Guiyou Huang, [267]-270. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2002.
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Diddi, Deepa. “Uma Parameswaran’s Preoccupation with Feminist Concerns in Mangoes on the Maple Tree.” In Canadian Studies Today: Responses from the Asia-Pacific, ed. by Stewart Gill, R.K. Dhawan, [170]-179. Delhi: Prestige, 2009.
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Kandiuk, Mary. “Uma Parameswaran.” In Caribbean and South Asian Writers in Canada: A Bibliography of Their Works and of English-language Criticism. Lanham: Scarecrow Press, 2007, 193-195.
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Meenakumari,V. “Being and Becoming: A Study of Uma Parameswaran’s Meera.” In (Ad)dressing the Words of ‘the Other’: Studies in Canadian Women’s Writing, ed. D. Parameswari. Chennai, India: Emerald Publishers, 2008, 139-147.
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Profile from the Manitoba Author Publication index

Publisher Broken Jaw Press website

Uma Parameswaran personal page at the University of Winnipeg

Uma Parameswaran page from the journal Canadian Literature’s CanLit Poets Project website

Uma Parameswaran page by Sonja Maria Thomas at VG: Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color