Renée Sarojini Saklikar is the author of children of air india, un/authorized exhibits and interjections which won the Canadian Authors Award for best book of Canadian poetry to be published in English and was a finalist for the B.C. Book prize Dorothy Livesay award. She is also the co-editor of the anthology The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them. This anthology includes poetry performed during Lunch Poems at SFU, a poetry reading series that Renée helped to establish.
“A strong foundation of arts and culture is the hallmark of a thriving City,” said Mayor Linda Hepner.” As Surrey’s first Poet Laureate, Renée Sarojini Saklikar will creatively engage and connect with our community and will be a strong advocate for literacy and the literary arts.”
Renée is one of three National Advocates for The Writer’s Union of Canada and a member of the League of Canadian Poets. Her poetry investigates, celebrates, and memorializes the poetry of place, particularly those stories integral to arrival, departure, settlement, and diaspora.
Since starting her role as Surrey’s Poet Laureate in October 2015, Renée has been working to create a legacy program of poetry-outreach that is multi-lingual and inter-cultural, in partnership with local organizations in Surrey. She is interested in furthering grass-roots connections with youth, senior, and community groups.
As Poet Laureate, Renée has participated in a number of events including Surrey International Writers Conference (SiWC); Surrey Art Gallery Sound Thinking Symposium; InFlux at Surrey Art Gallery; KPU Creative Writing class; Cedar Bark Poets meeting in Newton; Honey, Hives, & Poetry event at City Centre Library; and teen writing workshops at Surrey Libraries, Surrey high schools, and the Surrey Art Gallery. She is also participating in Semiahmoo Arts Double Exposure; Surrey Muse; Surrey International Children’s Festival; the City Centre Library Five-Year Anniversary; the Creative City Summit, the 2016 SiWC; and Surrey Remembers at the Surrey Museum.
Photo of Renée Sarojini Saklikar is provided courtesy of Greg Ehlers, Senior Photographer Creative Studio SFU