Sadiqa de Meijer’s introduction to poetry can be attributed to her mother – a woman who marked anniversaries, birthdays, ice storms, and even haircuts with verses. “My earliest sense of poetry as a medium was that it was for everyone, and involved pleasure and skill – which is an uncommon introduction, I think, and probably made a difference,” she says.

Sadiqa’s poetry has appeared in a number of literary journals including Poetry Magazine, as well as in the anthologies Best of Canadian Poetry in English 2008 and Villanelles. In 2012, she won the CBC Canada Writes Poetry Prize for “Great Aunt Unmarried,” a poem based on a close family friend who died at 93.

Displacement, motherhood, eco-crisis, and immigration are a few of the themes in Sadiqa’s poetry collection, Leaving Howe Island. “I try to just allow myself to write from what feels relevant,” she says, “and much of that is political”.

Sadiqa has two forthcoming works in 2020: The Outer Wards, a poetry collection about caregiving in crisis, and alfabet / alphabet, a collection of essays on her first language.

Born in the Netherlands, she currently lives in Kingston, Ontario.

Author Patron: Steve Page in honour of Joanne Page

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Appearing in: 11. Poetry for Where We Find Ourselves