Mateen Manek is a writer and poet from Toronto, Canada. He often writes about politics, culture and conflict on his blog the clearly illiterate cafe. He has produced four short films and released two musical albums. He also does calligraphy and has an interest in drama, poetry and music.
Mateen is also the co-founder and the creative director of the 30 Nights of Ramadan project, a website built to feature content surrounding the holy Islamic month of Ramadan. You can visit it by going to http://www.30nightsoframadan.com
What's the story behind your latest book?
I guess the story behind my latest book is my life, since that's where most of my inspiration comes from. For me, poetry is quite personal and I've always found it easier to tell stories from my own life. So I recorded it all in this notebook and soon I felt it might be nice to just publish them.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It would be to express my story. With writing, I can say what I want to say and use my imagination to create anything, even if it's insanely crazy. Also the fact that when writing, the story can take its own path and surprise even me.
The Traveller is a poetry compilation series by Mateen Manek. The compilation focuses on themes revolving around the moments that we experience in our daily lives. It is written in chronological order, charting the changes and growth of the author and the challenges of our daily lives.