We are delighted to be announcing a collaboration with Avleen Mokha, our invited Blog curator for the Fall/Winter series on Resistance/Resilience. We cannot wait to support her perspective and creativity throughout the curation of this series. Meet Avleen!
Avleen Kaur Mokha is a Montreal-based poet who grew up in Mumbai, India. Avleen holds a B.A. in English Literature and Linguistics from McGill University, and was the 2019 winner of McGill’s Peterson Memorial Prize for Creative Writing. Presently, Avleen edits poetry and prose for Persephone’s Daughters, a literary magazine dedicated to survivors of abuse. Avleen’s poems have appeared in Déraciné Magazine, Dream Pop, and Siblini among others. Her chapbook DREAM FRAGMENTS is forthcoming this October by Montreal’s very own Cactus Press.
Hello everyone! I’m delighted to say I will be working with carte blanche’s editorial team this fall. As the incoming blog curator, I will be reaching out to and collaborating with Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) artists.
A bit about me: I moved to Montreal to pursue by B.A. at McGill, but I was raised in Mumbai, India. My grandfathers came to India as Sikh refugees during the India-Pakistan partition. This summer, I worked as a local news journalist at Parc-Extension News, writing for the city’s most ethnically diverse neighbourhood. As a journalist, I have covered topics such as gentrification, intergenerational trauma, and rights of visible minorities.
The posts I plan to curate for carte blanche will focus on the themes of resilience and resistance, as local BIPOC define them. Stay tuned, stay safe, and always feel free to get in touch.