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Sharanpal Ruprai

Sharanpal Ruprai grew up in a Sikh household in Winnipeg.  She received both a B.A. and B.Ed. from the University of Winnipeg and a M.A. in English from the University of Calgary.  She holds a Ph.D. in Humanities from York University in Toronto. Ruprai worked as a contract faculty at Mount Royal University in Calgary but now has a position at the University of Winnipeg in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department.  Ruprai has published in literary magazines and a couple of anthologies: ExposedRed Silk and The Calgary Renaissance.


Pressure Cooker Love Bomb

Calgary: Frontenac House, 2019.
PS8635.U77 P73 2019

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

Poems masquerading as recipes, poems masquerading as survival guides, poems simmered in love, Pressure Cooker Love Bomb is a humorous collection of poems. Ruprai’s second collection is infused with intense sexuality, racial tensions, and questions of gender conformity. With various textures of poems, the collection reads as woman of colour’s manifesto with instructions.

Awards and Honours

2020 Lambda Literary Award–Lesbian Poetry (Finalist)

Seva book cover



Calgary: Frontenac House, 2014.
PS8635 .U77 S48 2014

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

Seva by Sharanpal Ruprai is a poetic journey into the life of a Sikh girl; the narrative, through unique perspectives about culture, gender and ritual, enters a world that is usually inaccessible.

Awards and Honours

2015 Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry-Alberta Literary Awards (Writers’ Guild of Alberta)(Finalist)

Selected Criticism and Interpretation

Chilana, Rajwant Singh. “Dr. Sharanpai Ruprai.” In South Asian Writers in Canada: A Bio-Bibliographical Study. Surrey, BC: Asian Publications, 2017, 279.
Z1376 .S68 C45 2017


Publisher Frontenac House

Sharanpal Ruprai faculty page at the University of Winnipeg