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Amal Rana

Discipline: Interdisciplinary
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English, Hindi, Urdu
Grant Eligibility: Eligible to apply for AIC

Amal Rana is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet and interdisciplinary storyteller specializing in opening up spaces in classrooms to celebrate inclusion, belonging and equity through a deeply heart centred and creative approach. She has over 15 years of experience facilitating arts-based workshops for youth of all ages in classrooms, community programs and other settings. Using a blend of poetry, creative writing, performance and storytelling, her work invites creative expression in multiple languages and celebrates the beauty found in the diverse cultural backgrounds and communities of youth. Amal's work has been published widely in notable literary journals and anthologies and has also been performed on stages around the world. She has received poetry fellowships from VONA Voices of Our Nations and the Banff Centre for the Arts. Amal is currently an Artist in Residence at Carnegie Community Centre through the Vancouver Parks Board Artists in Communities Program. Her creative practice is influenced by her experiences as a member of LGBTQ and Muslim South Asian communities. She also works as a teaching artist with Reframing Relations, a program that brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous facilitators to facilitate arts-based workshops on reconciliation in elementary and secondary schools across the Lower Mainland. Her arts-based youth workshops on home, belonging and inclusion have received wide recognition and her work has been featured by the CBC and other outlets.


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