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Profile : Surjeet Kalsey

First name:Surjeet
Last Name:Kalsey
Address:8737 Yarrow Place Burnaby
Zip:V3N 4W2

Kalsey came to Canada in January 1974, bringing her rich experience in All India Radio boradcasting, writing, journalism and translation, and was ready to take flight in her wings and to share her excitement with Canadian audiences.

Based in Vancouver, Author Kalsey has been a pro-active, strong and often lone voice in the male-dominated Punjabi literary, cultural and social communities in the Lower Mainland.

You will find in these web pages, Kalsey’s writings – poetry, short stories, stage plays, articles and literary criticism along with her cultural, creative and social activities. In brief, Kalsey has:

- Created literary translation works in English from Punjabi, and Punjabi from Urdu

- Founded various literary and cultural organizations in Vancouver, Surrey and Abbotsford

- Anchored radio and TV shows to discuss literary, social and cultural issues

- Served as a Family Therapist with non-profit organizations and in private practice.

- Worked as a Court Interpreter at all levels of Courts in BC, for immigration and other services.

- Done valuable literary work to bring together Punjabi Muslim and Sikh communities

- Edited books and magazines Through bi-lingual poetry readings, drama performances, editing bi

-lingual magazines, facilitating literary meetings, workshops and groups Kalsey has brought to us a broader understanding of Punjabi literature, culture, language and of social issues such as violence against women. ..


  • Paunan Nal Guftagoo - Punjabi Poetry - 1979
  • Speaking to the Winds - Poetry English - 1982
  • Foot Prints of Silence - Poetry English - 1988
  • Saffron Leaves: an anthology of Canadian Punjabi Literature - 1992
  • Glimpses of Twentieth Century Punjabi Poetry in English Translation - 1992
  • Distant Women - Short Fiction - 1994
  • Sat Parayian - Collection of Short Stories - 1994
  • Behind the Palace Doors - 1999
  • Woman Words and Strength - Poetry - 2000
  • Aurat Shabad Te Shakti - Punjabi Poetry - 2000
  • Daughters Behind the Palace Doors - Drama - 2000
  • Mahlin Wasdiyan Dhian - Collection of One-Act Plays - 2000
  • Prof. Mohan Singh (Punjabi poet) & Faiz Ahmed Faiz (Urdu Poet)- Identical and comparative Study - 2003
  • Faiz Ahmed Faiz - Kav Sagar -Ed. Urdu Poetry in Gurmukhi Script, Tarlochan Publications - 2003
  • Rom Rom Vich Jagdey Deevay - Punjabi Poetry, Lokgeet Publications - 2005
  • Akas Barmala, Urdu poetry of Zahid Laeeq in Gurmukhi script by Ed. Surjeet Kalsey, 2006.
  • Naam Tiharey - Punjabi Poetry, Akhar Publications - 2006
  • Aurat Ton Aurat Tak - Surjeet Kalsey's Literary Journey - Ed. by Dr.Sharnajit Kaur, Tarlochan Publications - 2007
  • Katha Teri Meri, Short Stories, Tarlochan Publications, 2008.
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