November 2018 - Ajmer Rode and Amanda Jernigan

November 21, 2018

Ajmer Rode has published books of poetry, drama, prose and translation in Punjabi and English. His book Leela, co-authored with N. Bharati, is 1054 pages and included in outstanding works of the twentieth century Punjabi poetry. His poem “Stroll in a Particle” is one of 8 international poems inscribed on a public wall outside the office complex of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle (2011) and his “Kalli” is included in 100 Great Indian Poems (Bloomsbury, 2017). His latest Punjabi play Tainted Hands was premiered to a full house at Surrey Arts Centre in March 2018. Recently, he was invited to read at the 2018 Brooklyn Book Festival, NY and his poem “Mustard Flowers” was included in their “Teach This Poem” series by the Academy of American Poets. Ajmer has been recipient of several honors including Lifetime Achievement awards by the UBC (Asian Studies, 2013) and by the Languages Department, Punjab (1994). He lives in Burnaby, BC.

Amanda Jernigan’s poetry has been described as a ‘precise and loving negotiation with the archetypes, on behalf of the mortal’. She is the author of three books of poems, Groundwork, All the Daylight Hours, and Years, Months, and Days, the first of these named a best book of the year on NPR and shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award, given out by the League of Canadian Poets. She is also the author of the chapbook, The Temple, and of a short prose book, Living in the Orchard: The Poetry of Peter Sanger. Amanda’s poems have been widely published in periodicals in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., and have been set to music, most recently by composers Zachary Wadsworth and Colin Labadie. She has also written for the stage. Long resident in Hamilton, Ontario, she now (as of July 2018) lives in Wood Point, New Brunswick.