THOT-J-BAP: extractions from Nomados Press

Next month, I’ll be launching my new chapbook, THOT-J-BAP: extractions from Nomados Press alongside Marguerite Pigeon and her chapbook, My Model Poem.

Nomados Press Thot-J-Bap

Like the bees who populate it, Saklikar’s THOT-J-BAP is humming, productive, and vital, performing an urgent gathering of specimens amassed, dissipated, and recollected from which it extracts ‘those gems they would steal’: fragments of stories, of love, of violence, of remembering, of ‘what once was, compressed.’ This is fecund, fabulous work.”

–  Catriona Strang

I always have my eye out for a truly ambitious poetry—and here it is, epic in scope, running through its own newly-created dimension just outside of recognizable time and space, a mobile world moving by, line by line, touching “what hurts, what helps, what heals,” transformed. Saklikar manages a near perfect merger of forward-momentum narrative and paratactic detail where each word is a hypnotically pronounced incantation, the story pulled into glittering erotic fragments, each piece a world in itself, glowing, refracting, the ambition of the part to overwhelm the whole. THOT-J-BAP is poetry to lose and find yourself in. I’m hooked.” 

– Stephen Collis

Date: Friday, November 3 at 8 PM – 10 PM
Time: 8:00-10:00pm
Location: People’s Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

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Oct 14 – Your Story: Write, Draw, Share Workshop

Share your story through language, text and drawing at this free one-day workshop, led by Surrey Poet Laureate Renee Saklikar, and New Westminster Poet Laureate Alan Hill. What comes to mind when thinking of ‘home’? Is it a place where you live, work, play, sleep, eat? Is it a space we create, nurture; leave or long for? Fearlessly explore personal, cultural and creative expressions through free-form writing, brainstorming, collaborative exercises and visual art. This workshop is open to participants aged 13+ years, living in the Lower Mainland. Participants will have the opportunity to create a visual artefact displayed on New Westminster bus shelters, and included in the Canada 150 Fund “Home” exhibition in the New Westminster Museum, opening February, 2018.”

Date: Saturday October 14th
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Anvil Centre, New Westminster

To register for this FREE workshop, contact:

  • Kristina Fiedrich, Arts Programmer
  • Email:
  • Phone: 604 515 3837
  • Cell/Text: 778 773 0587

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October 9: A literary sitting with Surjit Patar and Mazhar Tirmazi

On the occasion of the 70 years of Indo-Pak independence, Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians (CPPC) is holding an event:

 Beyond the Boundaries: A literary sitting with Surjit Patar and Mazhar Tirmazi

When: Monday, October 9, 2017 at 1:00 pm (sharp)
Where: Punjab Bhawan 15453 Fraser Highway, Surrey, BC

Surjit Patar is an eminent Punjabi poet. The living legend is recipient of Sahitya Akademi Award, Panchnad Puruskar and Saraswati Samman and prestigious Padma Shri and recently appointed as Punjab arts council chief. Surjit Patar has published four books of poems and has translated three tragedies of Federico Garcia Lorca, the play ‘Nag Mandala’ of Girish Karnad and poems by Bertolt Brecht and Pablo Neruda into Punjabi. He has also adapted plays by Euripides, Racine and Jean Giraudoux. He has written tele-scripts on Punjabi poets from Sheikh Ghulam Farid and Shiv Kumar Batalvi.  

Mazhar Tirmazi is a renowned British Pakistani Punjabi poet, playwright and journalist. His poetry is taught in universities in India and Pakistan. Some of his poems are featured in English translation in the anthology Mother Tongues 2001.  He has been featured on poems on the Underground and Poems for the Waiting Room 2005. His poem, UmraN LangiaN PabaN Bhaar, was adapted for a Ghazal rendition by Asad Amanat Ali Khan and is widely acclaimed.

Admission is free, but donations are highly appreciated.

Organized by the Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians, (CPPC) Vancouver Chapter.

Supported by the College of Arts at the University of the Fraser Valley and the South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD).