Thursday 28 July 2022

Manahil Bandukwala

Manahil Bandukwala is a writer and visual artist. Her debut poetry collection is MONUMENT (Brick Books 2022). See her work at In 2021, she was shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award. She works as Coordinating Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine, and is Digital Content Editor for Canthius. She is a member of Ottawa-based collaborative writing group VII. Her project Reth aur Reghistan is a multidisciplinary exploration of folklore from Pakistan interpreted through poetry and sculpture. She holds an MA in English from the University of Waterloo.

Twitter/Instagram: @manahilbanduk 

What book(s) are you reading right now?

The new series of chapbooks from Collusion Books, and specifically Khashayar Mohammadi and Roxanna Bennett’s Unbecoming Prophecy.

A book you have given as a gift / recommended to a friend.

Bahar Orang’s Where Things Touch: Meditations on Beauty is a book I’ve passed around between friends, read out loud cover to cover with another, and would recommend again.

The first and last books on your bookcase/shelf.

My bookshelf is colour-coded on the top shelf. The first book is Dominik Parisien’s chapbook, We, Old Young Ones. The last book is Shani Mootoo’s short story collection, Out on Main Street.

A book yet-to-be-released which you are looking forward to reading.

natalie hanna’s lisan al’asfour. hanna’s poetry is devastating in beautiful ways, and I’m really excited for a collection of her work.

A book that you feel is underrated and deserves more attention.

stephanie roberts’ rushes from the river disappointment is full of tenderness, and truly a book that everyone should read.

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