Sonia Saikaley

Sonia Saikaley at TSAR fall launch 2012

Sonia Saikaley’s poetry and short stories have appeared in several anthologies.  A graduate of the Humber School for Writers, she now lives in her hometown of Ottawa, Ontario, near her large Lebanese family.  In the past, she has worked as an English teacher in Japan.

Book Cover of The Lebanese Dishwasher


The Lebanese Dishwasher

Toronto: Quattro Books, 2012.
9th floor PS8637 .A4495 L42 2012

Publisher’s Synopsis

Amir Radi hates washing dishes. When he left Beirut, with a tightly grasped suitcase, he hadn’t expected he’d end up at a Middle-Eastern restaurant with old cooks and dirty dishes. Amir knows his immigrant dream has somehow drowned in foamy dishwater. But one night, he meets Rami and begins to feel less isolated, more hopeful, and closer to overcoming a tragic time in his childhood, something he had tried to leave in Beirut. Set in Montreal and Lebanon, The Lebanese Dishwasher tells the story of one man’s struggle with his past and self-acceptance while burdened with culture and obligation.

Awards and Honours

2012 Ken Klonsky Novella Award (Co-winner)


A Samurai’s Pink House

Toronto: Inanna Publications and Education, 2017.
9th floor On Order

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

The poems in A Samurai’s Pink House are threaded with the transformation of the seasons from Matsuo Basho’s travels to a love affair between a kabuki cross-dresser and a lonely geisha and the struggles of women in ancient and modern-day Japan. The collection takes the reader on a journey through the fascinating culture of Japan with graceful and accessible language. A sensuous, powerful and beautiful collection that moves across rice fields, tea houses, cherry orchards and narrow alleys where characters, in different stages of life, strive to find identity, peace and love.

Book Cover of Turkish Delight, Montreal Winter


Turkish Delight, Montreal Winter

Toronto: TSAR, 2012.
9th floor PS8637 .A4495 T87 2012

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

Turkish Delight, Montreal Winter takes the reader from Lebanon’s olive groves to Montreal’s frigid winters and underground malls. These closely connected poems present a narrative threaded with the rich traditions of the Middle East, from its dazzling varied food to its bustling Arabian marketplaces and passionate politics.


Publisher Inanna Publications and Education

Publisher Mawenzi House (formerly TSAR Publications)

Publisher Quattro Books