Discipline: Literature – fiction

Moez Surani

Discipline: Literature – fiction
Region: Toronto, CANADA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2020

Moez Surani's writing has been published internationally, including in Harper’s Magazine, The Awl, Best American Experimental Writing, and Best Canadian Poetry. He has received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship, which supported research in India and East Africa, and he has been an artist-in-residence in Burma, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Taiwan, Switzerland, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. His visual and performance works have been shown in Toronto at Theatre Passe Muraille, Nuit Blanche, and Red Head Gallery, and internationally at the Cross Gallery in Taipei, the New Zero Arts Space in Yangon, and at Palazzolo Acreide’s city hall in Italy. He is the author of three poetry books: Reticent Bodies, Floating Life, and Operations, which is comprised of the names of military operations, and reveals a globe-spanning inventory of the contemporary rhetoric of violence. A new collection of poetry, Are the Rivers in Your Poems Real was published in fall of 2019. Most recently, he has been working on Heresies, a collaboration with Canadian artist Nina Leo, and a group of international perfumers, to produce a line of custom scents that operate as lyric poems and express diverse and suppressed subjectivities.

At MacDowell he completed a cross-genre, protest book titled 90 Days in Shanghai. He also worked on a photography series titled "The Irrefutable Border." In Jan-March 2021 an exhibition of visual work he’s been developing with Nina Leo will be exhibited at the YYZ Artists' Outlet.



Moez Surani worked in the Calderwood studio.

In the winter of 1998, motivated by his passion for reading, Stanford Calderwood donated funds for a new writers’ studio. Burr-McCallum Architects of Williamstown, MA, provided the award-winning design in 1999; and the construction of the handsome studio was completed in time for its first artist to arrive early in 2000. With a series of double-hung casement…

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