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Sasenarine Persaud

Author's Bio

Sasenarine Persaud is the author of twelve books of fiction and poetry. His awards include: The KM Hunter Foundation Award (Toronto), the Arthur Schomburg Award (New York) and fellowships from the University of Miami and Boston University, from which he has a Master’s in Creative Writing. Persaud initiated the term Yogic Realism to define his literary aesthetics. His most recent books are Lantana Strangling Ixora (TSAR Books, Toronto, 2011), Unclosed Entrances: Selected Poems (Caribbean Press, Warwick & Georgetown, 2011) and In a Boston Night. (TSAR, Toronto, 2008). He has been described as “one of those rare poets who gets the recipe of humanness exactly right” (Canadian Literature); and his poetry as “miniature raags, sensuous units of Indian music obeying conventions mysterious to western ears” (The Globe and Mail). Persaud was born in Guyana and has lived in Canada for several years. He lives in Florida.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Lantana Strangling Ixora (TSAR Publications, 2011), In a Boston Night (TSAR Publications, 2008), A Writer Like You (TSAR Publications, 2002), The Wintering Kundalini (Peepal Tree Press, 2002), The Hungry Sailor (TSAR Publications, 2000), Canada Geese and Apple Chatney (TSAR Publications, 1998), A Surf of Sparrows' Songs (TSAR Publications, 1995), The Ghost of Bellow's Man (Peepal Tree Press, 1992), Dear Death (Peepal Tree Press, 1990), Demerary Telepathy (Peepal Tree Press, 1989)
Prizes:
K M Hunter Award (Toronto) Arthur Schomburg Award (NY)

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Quartet by Rabindranauth Tagore, Without Anesthesia: New & Selected Poems by Ales Debeljak, Canti by Giacomo Leopardi
Favorite Books:
Gitanjali Bhagavad Gita The Chessmaster and His Moves Miguel Street The Lonely Londoners War & Peace Look Homeward Angel Autobiography of a Yogi The Old Man and the Sea Selected Poems: Martin Carter To the Lighthouse

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Listing last updated: November 23, 2013

More Information

Listed as:
Fiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Other
Prefers to work with:
Adults
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Georgetown

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