Priscila Uppal is a Canadian poet and fiction writer of South Asian descent. Born in Ottawa in 1974, she lives in Toronto. She has a PhD in English Literature and is a professor of Humanities and English at York University in Toronto. Her first UK poetry selection Successful Tragedies: Poems 1998-2010 (Bloodaxe Books, 2010) draws on six collections of poetry published in Canada: How to Draw Blood From a Stone (1998), Confessions of a Fertility Expert (1999), Pretending to Die (2001), Live Coverage (2003), Holocaust Dream (with photographs by Daniel Ehrenworth, 2005), Ontological Necessities (2006; shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize) and Traumatology (2009). Her latest collection is Sabotage (Bloodaxe Books, 2015). Her other books include the novels The Divine Economy of Salvation (2002) and To Whom It May Concern (2009), and the critical study We Are What We Mourn: The Contemporary English-Canadian Elegy (2009). She also edited the multilingual Exile Book of Poetry in Translation: 20 Canadian Poets Take On the World (2009). Her work has been published internationally and translated into Croatian, Dutch, French, Greek, Italian, Korean and Latvian. She was the first-ever poet-in-residence for Canadian Athletes Now during the 2010 Vancouver and 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as the Rogers Cup Tennis Tournament in 2011. She is currently a member of the Natural Resources Creation Group at the Factory Theatre. Six Essential Questions, her first play, will have its World Premiere as part of the Factory Theatre 2013-2014 season. Her memoir, Projection: Encounters with My Runaway Mother (Thomas Allen Publishers, 2013), on which the play is based, has been nominated for both the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Hilary Weston Prize for Non-Fiction (the largest prize for non-fiction in Canada). For more information please visit

Books by Priscila Uppal




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