On the Line: Conversations About Poetry
by Tarfia Faizullah
In Episode 8, Kate Sutherland discusses Seam by Tarfia Faizullah with Laboni Islam, Sanchari Sur, and Catriona Wright.
In the course of the conversation, references are made to a few sources outside the book, including interviews with Tarfia Faizullah in The Southeast Review and The Paris Review, and on Michigan Radio, and the Examining Ethics podcast.
Section iv of “1971” and “The Interviewer Acknowledges Grief” read with permission from Southern Illinois University Press. All rights reserved.
by Tarfia Faizullah
Southern Illinois University Press, 2014
Description from Southern Illinois University Press:
“The poems in this captivating collection weave beauty with violence, the personal with the historic as they recount the harrowing experiences of the two hundred thousand female victims of rape and torture at the hands of the Pakistani army during the 1971 Liberation War. As the child of Bangladeshi immigrants, the poet in turn explores her own losses, as well as the complexities of bearing witness to the atrocities these war heroines endured.”
Episode 8 Guests
Laboni Islam is a poet and arts educator. Her poetry has appeared in Canthius, echolocation, FreeFall, (parenthetical), and The Unpublished City. She teaches at the Art Gallery of Ontario and Aga Khan Museum, animating the gap between art and young audiences. Born in Canada to Bangladeshi parents, she lives in Toronto.
Sanchari Sur is a feminist/anti-racist/sex-positive/genderqueer Canadian who was born in Calcutta, India. Her work has been published in Jaggery, The Feminist Wire, Matrix Magazine, Toronto Lit Up’s The Unpublished City anthology (BookThug, 2017), and Arc Poetry Magazine. She is a PhD candidate in English at Wilfrid Laurier University, the curator/host/co-founder of Balderdash Reading Series, and blogs at http://sursanchari.wordpress.com.
Catriona Wright is a writer, editor, and teacher. She is the author of Table Manners (Véhicule Press). Her poems have appeared in Prism International, Prairie Fire, Rusty Toque, Lemon Hound, The Best Canadian Poetry 2015, and elsewhere. In 2014, she won Matrix Magazine‘s LitPop Award. She is the poetry editor for The Puritan and a co-founder of Desert Pets Press, a chapbook press.
Kate Sutherland, On the Line, Host and Producer
Kate Sutherland is the author of two books of short fiction, and one collection of poems: Summer Reading (winner of a Saskatchewan Book Award for Best First Book), All In Together Girls, and How to Draw a Rhinoceros. Her work has also appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies including Best Canadian Poetry 2016. She lives in Toronto.
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