Irfan
Ali

Awards

2015 Finalist

RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers

for Who I Think About When I Think About You

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.” — 2015 RBC Bronwen Wallace Jury (Rachel Rose, Nilofar Shidmehr, and Fiona Tinwei Lam)