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Archna Sahni

Archna Sahni was born in India and educated in Kuala Lumpur, Chandigarh, Mumbai and Toronto. She holds an MPhil and PhD in English from Panjab University and an MEd from OISE at the University of Toronto. Toronto has been her home since 1992. Sahni taught at Humber College prior to accepting an appointment as a sessional instructor at the University of the Fraser Valley India. Sahni’s poetry has been published in a variety of literary journals and anthologies.


Another Nirvana: Poetry

Toronto: Mawenzi House, 2018.
PS8637 .A44575 A66 2018

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

These poems explore the meaning of home and belonging and a search for transcendence through love and art. They reflect on what it means to live between cultures and continents, question traditional female roles, ponder over the role of art in life. The poet’s search for home leads her to different places: in her aboriginal friend she finds “a lost part of India/that Columbus never found.” In McLeod Ganj, also known as “Little Tibet,” she imagines a path to Tibet’s freedom. In “Another Nirvana” she grapples with nostalgia as her memories move between parts of India and Toronto, questioning the meaning of home, departure, and belonging. 


First Fire: Poems

[Calicut, India]: Yeti Books, 2005

Publisher’s Synopsis



Publisher Mawenzi House

Archna Sahni faculty biography at the UFV India