Best Bets: B.C. poet talks about personal loss at WWU


Renée Sarojini Saklikar, Western Washington University

British Columbia poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar explores the nature of personal loss in the midst of public trauma, in a free talk at 4 p.m. Monday, March 10, 2014 at Western Washington University Library's Presentation Room.


On June 23, 1985, an airplane exploded off the Irish coast, killing everyone on board: 329 passengers and crew, with 82 children younger than age 13, and including Renée Sarojini Saklikar's aunt and uncle.

Saklikar talks about this incident and her poetry, which explore the nature of personal loss situated in the midst of public trauma, in a free talk at 4 p.m. Monday, March 10, at Western Washington University Library's Presentation Room.

What does it mean to lose loved ones in an act of murder? How does "terror" intersect with the terroire of a culture, appropriated, represented, claimed, disowned? What are the relationships between art, history, and self?

Her book of poems, "Children of Air India," is an exploration these questions.

Trained as a lawyer and called to the British Columbia Bar in 1991, Vancouver's Renée Sarojini Saklikar writes thecanadaproject, a life-long poem chronicle about place, identity, language.

In it are many things, including published material and works in progress about the places she has lived: Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Northern Ontario, Northern Quebec, Montreal, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

It is a series of fragments always asking, "when does the poem begin?"

Work from thecanadaproject appears in literary journals and newspapers, including The Georgia Straight, The Vancouver Review, Geist, Poetry is Dead, SubTerrain, Ryga, a journal of provocations, Ricepaper, Arc Poetry Magazine, CV2, and Leaf Press as well as in several anthologies.


The classic tale of an aging toymaker and his puppet, Pinocchio, takes on timely issues in Disney's "My Son Pinocchio."

Auditions for children ages 13 and under will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, March 10, at Fountain Community Church, 2100 Broadway St. in Bellingham. Adult auditions will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 11. Both groups should come prepared to dance.

Callbacks at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, at 5619 Third Ave., in Ferndale - this will be the rehearsal location.

Contact the director at with questions.

Join the Blue Fairy, Stromboli and a lively cast of characters as Geppetto journeys beyond the Toy Shop to discover what makes the "perfect child." This family-friendly musical is appropriate for all audiences and is a magical mix of heartwarming fairytale and action-packed adventure.

Performances: May 29, 30 & 31, and June 6, 7 & 8, at Meridian High School, 194 West Laurel Road.


Adult crafters can get together for creative crafting at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 12 at Bellingham Public Library's skill share space, located at 210 Central Ave. in Bellingham.

This free program is for craft lovers who would like to meet with other like-minded folk to create and share together.

Bring a craft, make a craft, and learn a craft. Remember to bring whatever craft you are currently making and other participants will share tips of the trade.

For more information, contact Keyla at 360-778-7323.

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