Winner of Inaugural VMI Fellowship

We are delighted to welcome Pervin Saket to VMI’s Fellowship for the 2021 season to work on her poetry manuscript with VMI director Elee Kraljii Gardiner.

PERVIN SAKET is the author of the novel ‘Urmila’ and of a collection of poetry ‘A Tinge of Turmeric’. She was shortlisted for the Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize 2020. Her novel has been adapted for the stage, featuring classical Indian dance forms of Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Odissi. Her work has been featured in ‘The Indian Quarterly’, ‘The Joao-Roque Literary Journal’, ‘Paris Lit Up’, ‘Usawa Literary Review’, ‘Tiferet’, ‘Borderless Journal’, ‘The Madras Courier’, ‘Alipore Post’, ‘Cold Noon’, ‘Breaking the Bow’ and others. Pervin is co-founder of the annual Dum Pukht Writers’ Workshop held at Pondicherry, India.

VMI is especially pleased in this time of border closures and a global pandemic to connect with this talented writer, who is based in Pune, India. Pervin will join us to give a reading from her poetry manuscript to mark the conclusion of the Fellowship in June.

We thank each person who applied and want to state what a pleasure it was to spend time with the submissions. We received applications from a wide pool of talented and committed authors seeking mentorship for their works-in-progress. We are encouraged to know how much fine work is in development all around us, both in Canada and internationally. The interest confirms our efforts to support authors at all stages of their careers.

The Fellowship program will continue next year with an invitation for applications in the fall for the 2022 season. Please follow for more info and consider donating in support of the Fellowship program!

Posted by: Elee Kraljii Gardiner