2015 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers Finalist

“Who I Think About When I Think About You” by Irfan Ali RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

Irfan Ali 
“Who I Think About When I Think About You"

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Jury Citation

In his poems, Irfan Ali takes Canadian readers to Pakistan with its hot climate, violent political environment, and divine inside spaces. Employing sincere and sensual language and evoking known and not-so-known images, such as elephants and masjid, Ali’s highly erotic and emotionally rich lyricism opens us up to the lives of people of widely distinct cultures and leaves us with an aftertaste of lust, spirituality, and blood.

About the Author

Irfan Ali is a writer from Toronto’s west end. He is currently at work on two projects: a manuscript of love and loss poetry and a collection of short stories set in the city. His writing has appeared in the anthologies Underground Inspirations and West of What We Know and in the Youth Writers from the Edge online zine. Outside of his craft, Irfan keeps himself busy as a teacher, program manager, and DJ. 




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Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


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