Wasela Hiyate was born in Guyana in the Caribbean, raised in Toronto and lived and worked in numerous countries before returning to Canada. She currently lives in Toronto. Hiyate earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia in 2006. Her thesis, Jeanne Mance Park and Other Stories, features characters living in or traveling through a foreign country or culture. The title story of her collection Travel is So Broadening was nominated for the Journey Prize.
Fiction (Short stories)
Travel is So Broadening
Toronto: Quattro Books, 2015.
PS8615 .I93 T73 2015
Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)
All nine short stories in this collection demonstrate how Travel can be a catalyst for self-discovery. Each one of protagonists in these stories experiences a life-changing epiphany while visiting a place away from home. Some become aware of the social injustices that are hidden in their own country but are revealed in foreign places, some become aware of certain freedoms and possibilities that are not permitted on their own native ground. Some people travel to a place they once called or still call “home” only to discover that “home” is no longer there. In any case, these well-crafted narrative gems subtly and elegantly proclaim that Travel Can be Broadening, that all journeys are spiritual journeys.
Anthology (Short stories)
Her Mother’s Ashes 3: Stories by South Asian Women in Canada and the United States
Hiyate, Wasela. “The House Across the Way.” In Her Mosher’s Ashes 3, edited by Nurjehan Aziz. Toronto: TSAR, 2009, -226.
Wasela Hiyate video from The Kitchen Reading Series (youtube)
Publisher Quattro Books
Publisher Mawenzi House (formerly TSAR)