Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Writer’s Lifetime  Achievement Award  2014

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Surjeet Kalsey was honoured with Writer’s Lifetime Achievement Award  on 1 May 2014  – International Labour Day – May Day

at Center Stage New City Hall Surrey by The Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia.

 

 

Please check this link:

http://theindiandiaspora.com/news-details/diaspora-news/primary_news/canadian-honor-for-indian-origin-poet.htm

and also check out the following link:
http://www.5abi.com
 
 
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Creative Writing

Poetry, short story, drama

Translations

Editing

Community work

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

Poetry Month

 

April is a Poetry Month.

Kavi Darbar (Poetry Reading)  on 27 April 2014

in Abbotsford

Poetry Cafe

 

Coming Up Events in February 2014

 

World Poetry Café

Sunday, February 23, 2014
1 pm – 4 pm
Clearbrook Library
32320 George Ferguson Way
Abbotsford

Contact
Kam Aujla or Surjeet Kalsey
or 604-859-7681, ext. 270/278 

for further information

Come enjoy an afternoon of poetry

at your library

Share an original poem or listen to the poetry
read by others in various languages

Coffee, tea and treats will be served!

 

Farmworker Women

Farmworker Women

(Dedicated to all those women  working in the BC farms)

Women come and work in
the wide spread BC farms.
Smiling and energetic they come
from the land of Punjab
educated, uneducated, married
unmarried young and old
all become slowly and slowly
hard-working farm labourers!
 
From the land of the five rivers
soon women arrive to Canada
they work in the farms every where.
Many of them are attracted to
Fraser Valley ornamented with
sharp rich colours of raspberry,
blue berry and strawberries.
 
Brides take off their gold and silk
come wearing  t-shirts and jeans
with soft henna coloured palms
women come with holding babies
women with pre-schoolers
women with grandparents
women with old in-laws and
some with old parents
and aunts and uncles
women with large families.
Women work around the clock
their hands work non-stop
in the fields of raspberry
blueberry and strawberry.
Women pick mushrooms
cut broccoli and sprouts
marshy land is under their feet
under the rain of pesticide
their hands get blisters
their feet get swollen
their eyes become watery
they breathe on fumes
and their arms, necks and faces
get infected with killer pesticides.
Working the soil they become soil.
Women work day and night
their hands work non-stop.
Longer hours more than dawn to dusk
women work and get tired
come back with aching feet and hands
when are taken back to their homes
in a stuffed van of a contractor
where they can not even breathe.
Working women, labourers, they just work !
 
They come back home late at night
tired and then they start home-shift –
cooking for their hungry children
for their men, for their large families.
they wash everybody’s dirty dishes
and do everybody’s laundry.
Women take care of everybody
– crying hungry or sick children
Women look after everybody’s needs
remain unaware of their own needs
women go to bed vary late
after everybody’s gone to bed
and after making preparations
for everybody  tomorrow’s work
and they have to get up very early
before the first ray of the sun rises
and get ready to go to the farms again.
 
Farmworker women are brave- Zindabad!

by

Surjeet Kalsey (1985)

SAL

 South Asian Literature Celebrations in Toronto 30 September -02 October 2011
 
 South Asian Literature (SAL) the term was coined in late seventies when immigrants from South Asian origin were settling in Canada and North America and bringing with them a rich tradition of their literature, art and culture. Writers who were writing in Hindi, Urdu, Farsi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Bengali and many other South Asian languages came together to present their writings in English to the main stream audience as well as to share their writings with Canadian English writers.
1974 – 1980 First Attempt
Contemporary Literature In Translation
Glimpses of Twentieth Century Punjabi Poetry – An Anthology in English Translation
 
Second Attempt – 1980 – 1983
Survey -Canadian South Asian Literature in different languages across Canada conducted by Dr. Swanda Sugunasiri of Toronto
Canadian Punjabi Literature Research and Survey conducted by Surjeet Kalsey of Vancouver
Toronto South Asian Literature Conference 1983 – First Survey/Research presentation.
The Toronto South Asian Review – Magazine of literature
 
2009 – 25th Anniversary of Canadian South Asian Literature and Art celebrated in Toronto
 
2011 – Festival of South Asian Literature and Art celebrated in Toronto. 
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