Shazia Hafiz Ramji is an author, editor, and teacher of creative writing. Although best known for her poetry, Ramji has published short stories, and reviews and is at work on a novel. In her biography for the Chicago Review of Books, she is described as a Kenyan-Canadian of South Asian, Iranian, and Irish descent, [who] lives on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples (Vancouver).
Toronto: Anstruther Press, 2017.
Port of Being
Halifax: Invisible Publishing, 2018.
PS8635 .A4632 P67 2018
Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)
Voyeurism and fact go head to head in Port of Being, a debut book of poetry that mines speech from the city streets and the internet. These are poems set firmly on the threshold of the private and public, the future-haunted and the real, forging the human adrift in a terrain of space junk, drones, and addiction. Port of Being speaks just in time, navigating the worlds of surveillance, migration, and money, only to carve a way into intimacy and connection.
Awards and Honours
2019 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize–BC Book Prizes (finalist)
2017 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry (winner)