Episode 33 – Interview with Manahil Bandukwala

The Small Machine Talks Episode 33

Recorded on Sunday, May 13, 2018

with @_amkozak @manaaaahil @kikifolle


Manahil Bandukwala is a Pakistani born-and-raised writer and artist currently living and studying in Ottawa. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in the Puritan, Bywords.ca, Room Magazine, Ricepaper, Coven Editions, In/Words, battleaxe press and others. She is currently an editor for In/Words Magazine & Press. She has joined the editorial team for Canthius.

Welcome to Manahil’s

We speak of the visual nature of Manahil’s poetry and her art and how the approaches are similar and different. We spoke about the connections between her art and getting involved in Ottawa’s literary scene. @_amkozak @manaaaahil https://tinyurl.com/y8qt3wdk

Plucked – https://ricepapermagazine.ca/2018/03/plucked-by-manahil-bandukwala/

We discuss using non-English words in poems to push back against the idea that English is the dominant language and losing one’s language, things that cannot be said with English. @peacehearty @verseottawa talk 7.12 https://tinyurl.com/y8qt3wdk

@_amkozak @manaaaahil

We speak of Manahil’s poem, In Bloom, which intertwines Urdu, Hindi, Gujarati, Arabic and Persian. http://nationalpoetrymonth.ca/index.php?NPMid=526 8.35 https://tinyurl.com/y8qt3wdk  @_amkozak @manaaaahil

We speak of whether Manahil feels a responsibility to write about her culture. 12.24 @profoundpapa @brandonwintpoet @natweewriter @justjamaalpoet @verseottawa panel @_amkozak @manaaaahil https://tinyurl.com/y8qt3wdk

16.11 role of food and drink in Manahil’s life and work. @_amkozak @manaaaahil https://tinyurl.com/y8qt3wdk

Feast, Bywords.ca September 2017 http://bywords.ca/september2017/index.php?p=1

24.38 moving from prose to poetry @_amkozak @manaaaahil @inwordsmagazine https://tinyurl.com/y8qt3wdk @treeseries #workshops

Mini Poetry Interview with Thomas Whyte


26.40 relationship between editing others and own writing and organizing events @inwordsmagazine #SnehaSubramanianKanta @_amkozak @manaaaahil https://tinyurl.com/y8qt3wdk

30.55 stage fright, performance vs reading @dirtyderk @wtfisapoet @_amkozak @manaaaahil https://tinyurl.com/y8qt3wdk #KanadaKoncrete

  1. We talk about the honour of publishing people’s writing and hosting them at readings. @_amkozak @manaaaahil https://tinyurl.com/y8qt3wdk
  1. Current projects @inmagazine Descent – those who submitted will find out soon #podcast #event #staytuned @_amkozak @manaaaahil https://tinyurl.com/y8qt3wdk

40 @sawdustseries May 23 how @manaaaahil found out she was featuring

  1. 49 Backyard Worlds: miniature creations by two sisters #Gandalf #Hobbit #ShaunTan

@_amkozak @manaaaahil https://tinyurl.com/y8qt3wdk


Nimra Bandukwala’s art


Stay tuned for our next episode in June and our interview with Cameron Anstee. Thanks to everyone for listening and sharing the podcast! @_amkozak @manaaaahil https://tinyurl.com/y8qt3wdk