Contest open until midnight April 3, 2024
Welcome to the Manitoba Writers’ Guild inaugural Rabindranath Tagore Poetry Competition, an event generously sponsored by Dr. Kamal Malaker.
Tagore’s works often celebrated dualities — the finite and the infinite. This year, the theme for this competition is the transnational experience (all nations including the nations of identity in an occupied land), or the intersections of multiple cultural heritages within oneself.
This is a favourite topic of competition coordinator, Nathalie Kaboha, who discusses her own relationship to this phenomena:
“I was raised in Oceania and came to Manitoba as a young adult. However, each of my grandparents hails from a different country: one is Ugandan, another is French-New Caledonian, the third is Swiss, and the fourth is Irish-Australian. What does that make me? I dream in one language, think in another, and speak in a third. I embody a mosaic of cultures that intersect in ways that are complex.”
Can you relate? If any part of this strikes a chord with you, we hope this competition encourages you to explore and express your own unique journey.
Ce concours de poésie accepte les poèmes en français et en anglais / For this poetry contest, we are accepting submissions in English and in French.
I am a poet and translator living in Winnipeg. I’ve translated the Japanese children’s poetry of Misuzu Kaneko with co-translator Michiko Tsuboi for the book Are You an Echo: The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko, and more recently have translated the 17th century Austrian devotional poet, Catharina Regina Von Greiffenberg with co-translators Joanne Epp and Sarah Klassen for the book Wonder-Work: Selected Sonnets of Catharina Regina Von Greiffenberg. I teach creative writing at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg.
I am a director on the board of Contemporary Verse 2 Inc, a first reader, a writer, and a volunteer to the arts. As a Sri Lankan poet living in so called “Winnipeg, Manitoba,” I am immersed in the narrative of diaspora on a daily basis. The multicultural story involves diverse experiences, and I need to engage in navigating the roles of settler and immigrant. I look forward to hearing your story.
Samir Kifah Georges
My name is Samir Kifah Georges, also known as Sam, a Lebanese Canadian poet with over two decades of experience as a poet. In my youth, I published a small collection of poetry titled ‘As I Write These Words’, sparking my involvement in the Canadian grassroots poetry scene. Currently, I serve as a board member and volunteer for a Canadian poetry publication and continue to explore the art of poetry through my personal writing. Having witnessed the transformative power of art firsthand, I am excited to share in this chapter of your poetic journey.
David Yerex Williamson is a poet and instructor living in Treaty V Territory (Norway House, Manitoba). He is a member of The Writers Union of Canada, an associate of the League of Canadian Poets, and a board director for the Manitoba Writers Guild. His poetry has appeared in The Dalhousie Review, The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, Prairie Fire, Contemporary Verse 2 and other magazines. His first literary appearance was a stage play produced at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival (Winnipeg Free Press’ Pick of the Fringe, 1993). David’s first full length collection, Through Disassembled Houses of Perfect Stones, was published by At Bay Press in 2022 and nominated for the Eileen McTavish Sykes Best First Book Award at the 2023 Manitoba Book Awards.
David studied literature and cross-cultural education at University of Manitoba, Brandon and Laurentian Universities. He has taught rhetoric and composition, literature and interpersonal communication at the college and university level, and presented at academic and national conferences on writing about identity, culture and landscape.
When not snowshoeing, cooking or drawing, David cuts wood, shovels snow, and chases his dogs along the historic Nelson River.
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