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Shazia Hafiz Ramji

Shazia Hafiz Ramji is an author, editor, and teacher of creative writing. Although best known for her poetry, Ramji has published short stories, and reviews and is at work on a novel. In her biography for the Chicago Review of Books, she is described as a Kenyan-Canadian of South Asian, Iranian, and Irish descent, [who] lives on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples (Vancouver).

Poetry (Chapbook)


Toronto: Anstruther Press, 2017.

Publisher’s Synopsis



Port of Being

Halifax: Invisible Publishing, 2018.
PS8635 .A4632 P67 2018

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Voyeurism and fact go head to head in Port of Being, a debut book of poetry that mines speech from the city streets and the internet. These are poems set firmly on the threshold of the private and public, the future-haunted and the real, forging the human adrift in a terrain of space junk, drones, and addiction. Port of Being speaks just in time, navigating the worlds of surveillance, migration, and money, only to carve a way into intimacy and connection.

Awards and Honours

2019 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize–BC Book Prizes (finalist)
2017 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry (winner)


Publisher Invisible Publishing

Publisher Anstruther Press

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