Renée Sarojini Saklikar


In-Person Conference and Virtual Conference

Renée Sarojini Saklikar’s ground-breaking poetry book about the bombing of Air India Flight 182, children of air india, won the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Prize. Renée’s second book, The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them, edited with Wayde Compton, was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award. Her book, Listening to the Bees, co-authored with Dr. Mark Winston, won the 2019 Gold Medal Independent Publishers Book Award, Environment/Ecology.

Trained as a lawyer, Saklikar is an instructor for SFU and VCC. She was the first Poet Laureate for the City of Surrey, (2015-2018) and was the 2017 UBC Okanagan Writer in Residence. In 2019, Renée served as Writer in Residence for the Surrey English Teachers’ Association. Co-founder and curator of the poetry series Lunch Poems at SFU, her work has been adapted for opera, visual art and dance. Renée serves on the boards of Turning Point Ensemble, Poetry Canada, the Surrey International Writers Conference and The Ormbsy Review.

Passionate about storytelling, Renée offers writing coach services and loves helping others find their creative voice. She recently developed Writing To Heal Your Life, an online course geared to helping creative people in precarious times and published a ghost story x memoir, “Man with Golden Helmet” in Pulp Literature magazine. The first book in her epic fantasy series Bramah and the Beggar Boy came out last year with Nightwood Editions.