Sadiqa de Meijer
alfabet/alphabet: a memoir of a first language
This is a book that dreams of transforming migration, citizenship, families, nationhood and the very utterances upon which each is built. A deeply hopeful narrative about language itself, a singular exploration of the way that words build a home.
- GG assessment committee: Sarah de Leeuw, Amanda Leduc and Evelyn C. White
Alfabet/alphabet [is] so compelling because the book is simultaneously pulling us in two directions: it’s both cultural celebration and critique.
- Myra Bloom in The Walrus
The Outer Wards
Vehicule Press 2020
Finalist for the Raymond Souster Award
Long-listed for the Pat Lowther Award
There’s a razor alertness to these lines, a tracing of the breath in an existential instant.
- John Wall Barger, Event
It is, I think, the best collection I’ve ever read about domestic life and domestic labour related to child-raising (…) to being in and deeply observing a neighbourhood, and, extrapolating from that, being in a body, a city, a country, multiple countries, multiple histories, multiple languages...
– Kate Cayley, The Fiddlehead
Leaving Howe Island
Oolichan Books 2013
Finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award 2014
Finalist for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award 2014
Upcoming Readings and Events
Art Bar Reading Series
Monday, December 4th at 7 pm
Free Times Cafe (320 College St, Toronto)