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Proma Tagore was born in Kolkata, India, and immigrated to Canada at the age of four. For the past fifteen years, she has been living between Victoria and Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories. Tagore edited the anthology In Our Own Voices: Learning and Teaching Toward Decolonisation, and is the author of The Shapes of Silence: Writing by Women of Colour and the Politics of Testimony. Her first book of poetry, language is not the only thing that breaks, is a reflection of the effects of racism and migration on the body.

Award History

Jury Citation

“Proma Tagore's writing challenges, examines, and stories what is called the human condition – or more aptly, the conditions that humans bring to bear on other humans. In language is not the only thing that breaks, Tagore has crafted a poignant volume of poetry that is essential reading for anyone interested in the poiesis of equity.” -- 2014 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers Jury (Anna Camilleri, Connie Fife, and Bill Whitehead)

Works recognized by WT

Language is Not the Only Thing That Breaks

The Shapes of Silence