A South Asian Canadian writer of fiction and poetry, Fauzia Rafique was recognized in 2012 by a peer group as ‘Distinguished Poet & Novelist’ for her first novel ‘Skeena’ (Libros Libertad 2011, Uddari Book 2011, Sanjh Publications 2007) and her first chapbook of English and Punjabi poems ‘Passion Fruit/Tahnget Phal’ (Uddari Books 2011). Earlier, she edited an anthology of writings of women of South Asian origin, ‘Aurat durbar: The Court of Women’ (Toronto 1995). In Pakistan, Fauzia worked as a journalist and a screenwriter.
Through her creative writings, blogging and community development work Fauzia supports author rights, secularism, freedom of expression and equality. In 2013, she declined Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to protest against Canadian Government and British Monarchy for refusing to meet hunger-striking Native Canadian leaders. Fauzia publishes blogs on Punjabi literature, blasphemy and honour killings. She writes in English, Punjabi and Urdu.
Fauzia is working on her second novel ‘Triple’ for publication later in 2013. Her first collection of Punjabi poems will be published from Pakistan in 2014. An ebook of her English poems ‘Holier Than Life’ is being launched in June 2013.
For more, visit Fauzia’s online profile