LCP Chapbook Series: AHVAZ // AAVAZ // AVAAZ: A Chapbook Anthology of South Asian Poetry

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It is with immense Brown joy that I’ve had the privilege of bringing together a range of South Asian voices in celebration of Asian Heritage Month for the League of Canadian Poets.

The poets in Ahvaz / Aavaz / Avaaz dwell in the liminality of what it means to be “South Asian” on Turtle Island and elsewhere. From thinking about lineage at Safeway to sounding Bangla, the poets in this collection offer us haraami poems, garam garam poems, and ocean poems to speak to and with the vibrant polyphony of our diaspora and communities.

–Shazia Hafiz Ramji, editor
Unceded territories of the Squamish, Musquem and Tsleil-Waututh peoples (Vancouver), May 2022


  • Manahil Bandukwala
  • Gavin Barrett
  • Farah Ghafoor
  • Meharoona Ghani
  • Maryam Gowralli
  • Laboni Islam
  • Saakshi Patel
  • Ayaz Pirani
  • Fauzia Rafique
  • Renee Sarojini Saklikar
  • Amritpal Singh Arora
  • Sanna Wani


About the editor

Shazia Hafiz Ramji’s writing has appeared in Best Canadian Poetry 2019Maisonneuve, and is forthcoming in Event and Canthius. Shazia was named as a “writer to watch” by the CBC, and her poetry and prose have been nominated for the 2020 Pushcart Prizes. She is the author of Port of Being, a finalist for the 2019 Vancouver Book Award, BC Book Prizes (Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and winner of the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. She is a co-editor for Watch Your Head, an anthology on the climate crisis and is at work on a novel.