Fauzia Rafique has received an honour award for her debut novel ‘Skeena’ (Libros Libertad 2011), and her first book of poems ‘Passion Fruit/Tahnget Phal’ (Uddari Books 2011).
Offered by Writers International Network (WIN), the award recognizes outstanding artistic/literary achievement and community-building efforts from across cultures. Fauzia is one of the 15 poets, writers, novelists, dancers, artists and citizens to have received ‘Canada’s Best 2012’ citation.
‘I am delighted to be recognized for my creative work, and, would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to my fellow winners Evelyn Lau, Poet Laureate of Vancouver (Distinguished Poet & Writer Award), Ashok Bhargava (Distinguished Poet & Writer Award), Ariadne Sawyer (People Laureate Award 2012), Bong Ja Ahn (Distinguished Poet & Essayist Award), Joanne Arnott (Distinguished Poet Award), Brajinder Dhillon (Distinguished Novelist Award), Janet Kvammen (Emerging Poet & Artist Award), Manga Basi (Distinguished Poet Award), Mahendra Kwatra (Outstanding Citizen Award), Alan Hill (Outstanding Citizen Award), Timothy Shay (Distinguished Poet Award), Reese McBeth (Host 2012 Award), Lucia Gorea (Host 2012 Award), and Arno Kamolika (Distinguished Dancer Award). Thanks to Ashok Bhargava and the wonderful team of volunteers for organizing this delightful event.’
The ceremony was held at the 1st Annual Literary Festival at Richmond Cultural Centre on Saturday, March 24 2012.
To order Fauzia’s novel ‘Skeena’ in English or Gurumukhi:
For her chapbook of English and Punjabi poems, and novel ‘Skeena’ in Shahmukhi, please send an email to:
For Writers International Network (WIN), contact Ashok Bhargava at: