Poetry Masterclass with Tāriq Malik

Date and time: Thu, Jul 20, 2023, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PDT
Location: Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue Vancouver
Admission: by donation

On July 20, join Tāriq Malik for an energizing workshop on tapping into the alchemy of visual art and the poetic voice (and other unleashed beasts). Sharing his innovative poems from Exit Wounds, Tāriq will guide you through genre-bending exercises that connect visual and poetic forms and challenge you to push the boundaries of what your words can achieve. You will walk away from this masterclass feeling a sense of empowerment, agency, and openness.

About Tāriq Malik

For the past four decades, Vancouver-based author Tāriq Malik has worked across poetry, fiction, and visual arts to distill immersive and compelling narratives that are always original and intriguing. His poetry collection, Exit Wounds, is now available through Caitlin Press.

Born in Pakistani Punjab, Tāriq Malik came reluctantly late to these shores. To get here, he first had to survive three wars, two migrations, and two decades of slaving in the Kuwaiti desert. He firmly believes that his passion for distilling the alchemy of light/chroma/pixel, and his bouts of furious thinking about life and words in general, can all be happily and gainfully combined.

He loves landscapes, bodies of living water large and small, and readers and listeners, and claims he writes so that he has something to read to his tribe on Open Mic Night at the local Poet’s Corner or on the hallowed grounds of public libraries.

Tāriq Malik is a proud member of The Polyglot’s monthly Multilingual Art Lab, and he edited Portals, The Polyglot’s ninth issue, along with Ewa Kolacz.

Tāriq Malik is a member of The Writers’ Union of Canada and is writer-in-residence at Joy Kogawa House in July 2023 with support from the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council.