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Sadiqa de Meijer

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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

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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

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Leaving Howe Island

Oolichan Books 2013

Finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award 2014

Finalist for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award 2014

Sadiqa's poetry is taut, spare, incredibly evocative...and unerringly sharp.

 - Wayne Grady in The Whig Standard

Both tender and funny, the poems fulfill Octavio Paz’s demand of poetry - they ‘resurrect presences’.

 - CBC Poetry Prize 2012 Jury (Julie Bruck, Dennis Lee and Patrick Lane)

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essay in Geist Magazine Issue 120

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essay on Lit Hub (originally published in print in Brick Issue 103)

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poem in The Walrus May 2019

Finalist in the National Magazine Awards

included in Best of Canadian Poetry 2019 (Biblioasis)

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Upcoming Readings

Reading & Conversation

with Anita Lahey and Anne Marie Todkill

at Novel Idea in Kingston

on Thursday January 19th









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