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Sasenarine Persaud is the author of ten books. His latest book is, In a Boston Night (TSAR Publications, Toronto, 2008). Persaud was born in Guyana and has lived for several years in Canada; he presently resides in Tampa, Florida. He has served as Vice-President and Chair of the membership committee of the League of Canadian Poets, as a Director on the Board of Directors of the Scarborough Arts Council (Toronto), and on juries for the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council. Persaud has an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University.        


Awards include: the Arthur Schomburg Award (New York) for his contribution to Caribbean Literature and his pioneering of Yogic Realism; the K.M. Hunter Foundation Award (Toronto) for his fiction; two Canada Council awards for poetry; grants for fiction and poetry from the Ontario Arts Council; and fellowships and scholarships from the University of Miami and Boston University—more recently the 2005-2006 Leslie Epstein Fellowship at Boston University. His work has been short listed for the Journey Prize (Toronto) and the Guyana Prize for Literature, and his poetry was nominated for a Canadian National Magazine Award.


Persaud’s essays, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have been published in Canada, India, Malaysia, the Middle East, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the West Indies. His work has been widely anthologized in such anthologies as Anthology of Colonial and Post Colonial Short Fiction (Houghton Mifflin, Boston & New York, 2006 & 2007); The Journey Prize Anthology: short fiction from the best of Canada’s new writers (McClelland & Stewart, Toronto, 1997); The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse (Oxford University Press, 2005); The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories (Oxford University Press, 2000 & 2002); The Heinemann Book of Caribbean Verse (Heinemann, 1992); and Caribbean New Voices (Longman, 1995), Another Way to Dance: Contemporary Asian Poetry from Canada and the United States (TSAR, Toronto, 1996         


Yogic Realism is the term Sasenarine Persaud has created to describe his literary aesthetics. Yogic Realism and Persaud’s work has been the focus of a doctoral dissertation and his groundbreaking essay, “Kevat: Waiting on Yogic Realism” was published twice in India. Another essay on Yogic Realism, “I hear a voice, is it mine? Yogic Realism and the Short Story” was published in World Literature Today (74:3, University of Oklahoma, summer 2000).





        In a Boston Night-poetry (TSAR Publications, Toronto, 2008)

        A Writer Like You—poetry (TSAR Publications, Toronto, 2002)

        The Wintering Kundalini (Peepal Tree Press, Leeds, 2002)

        The Hungry Sailor—poetry (TSAR Publications, Toronto, 2000)

        Canada Geese and Apple Chatney—fiction (TSAR Publications, Toronto, 1998)

        A Surf of Sparrows’ Songs—poetry (TSAR Publications, Toronto, 1995)

        The Ghost of Bellow’s Man—fiction (Peepal Tree Press, Leeds, 1992)

        Dear Death—fiction (Peepal Tree Press, Leeds, 1990)

        Demerary Telepathy—poetry (Peepal Tree Press, Leeds, 1989)

        Between the Dash and the Comma—poetry (Toronto, 1989)