RAFIQUE, Fauzia




A South Asian Canadian writer of fiction and poetry, Fauzia Rafique writes in English, Punjabi and Urdu. Her first novel was Skeena (Libros Libertad 2011) and a chapbook appeared the same year for her English and Punjabi poems, Passion Fruit/Tahnget Phal (Uddari Books 2011). Her second novel, endorsed by Susan Crean and Heidi Greco, The Adventures of SahebaN: Biography of a Relentless Warrior (Libros Libertad 2016) is about the various kinds of oppression that can be found in Pakistan and Canada. The protagonist, Saheban, rebels against her family in overtly sexist Pakistan by refusing an arranged marriage. Embarking on a new life in Canada, Saheban encounters oppression in the guise of racism and economic disparity.

Rafique is a co-founder and the coordinator of Surrey Muse, an interdisciplinary art and literature presentation group that has met every month in Surrey since 2011.

BOOKS:

Skeena (Libros Libertad 2011)

Passion Fruit/Tahnget Phal (Uddari Books 2011)

The Adventures of SahebaN: Biography of a Relentless Warrior (Libros Libertad 2016) $20 978-1-926763-44-6

[BCBW 2017]