Please join us for a midday event with Jasmin Kaur in celebration of her acclaimed new book, If I Tell You the Truth, in conversation with fellow poet and author, Upile Chisala (Nectar, Soft Magic, A Fire Like You), on balancing meaningful engagement with the world with self-care and space for creative expression, and finding solace in poetry in difficult times. Introduced by Jafreen Uddin, executive director of the Asian American Writers Workshop, and presented with the AAWW.
Jasmin Kaur is a writer, illustrator and poet living on unceded Sto:lo First Nations territory. Her writing, which explores themes of feminism, womanhood, social justice and love, acts as a means of healing and reclaiming identity. Named a "rising star" by Vogue Magazine and a "Writer to Watch" by CBC Books, she has toured across North America, the UK and Australia to connect with youth through the power of artistic expression. Her debut poetry and prose collection, When You Ask Me Where I'm Going (2019) was shortlisted for the Goodreads Choice Awards. Her sophomore novel, If I Tell You The Truth (2021), releases on January 19th 2021. Currently an MFA student in the University of British Columbia's Creative Writing program, Jasmin can usually be found daydreaming about the next story she's itching to tell.
Upile Chisala is a storyteller from Malawi and a graduate of the University of Oxford. She is known for her short, powerful poems. ‘soft magic’ and ‘nectar’ (2019) and ‘a fire like you’ (2020) are her collections of poetry and prose. She was among the 2019 Forbes Africa’s 30 under 30 list. Chisala has been featured in publications, including Okay Africa, Huffington Post, Elle SA, Essence, Glamour, and more. She lives in Johannesburg.