Renée Sarojini Saklikar
Educated at the University of British Columbia (BA, LL.B), Renée Sarojini Saklikar worked as a lawyer and communications consultant with a practice centered on health policy research and civil litigation. A past director in the provincial public service, she served as communications advisor to a national multi-university research project before graduating in 2010 with a certificate in creative writing from SFU’s the Writer's Studio.
Renée writes thecanadaproject, a lifelong poem chronicle, in part, about life from India to Canada, by way of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Northern Ontario, Québec, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Work from thecanadaproject appears in literary journals, newspapers and anthologies. The first completed series from thecanadaproject is a book-length poem, children of air india (Nightwood Editions, 2013), about the bombing of Air India Flight 182. It received the 2014 Canadian Authors Award for best poetry book published in English in Canada and was a finalist for the 2014 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize at the BC Book Prizes.
Renée's second book, The Revolving City, a poetry anthology (co-edited with Wayde Compton), was a finalist for the 2016 City of Vancouver book awards. She is the first Poet Laureate for the City of Surrey.