The Small Machine Talks - Episode 33 - Interview with Manahil BandukwalaThe Small Machine Talks - Episode 33 - Interview with Manahil Bandukwala

The Small Machine Talks Episode 33

Recorded on Sunday, May 13, 2018

with a.m. kozak, Amanda Earl and Manahil Bandukwala

Click here to listen to the episode.


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,, 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.


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. 


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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



We speak of Manahil’s poem, In Bloom, which intertwines Urdu, Hindi, Gujarati, Arabic and Persian. 8.35 



We speak of whether Manahil feels a responsibility to write about her culture. 12.24 



16.11 role of food and drink in Manahil’s life and work. 


Feast, September 2017

24.38 moving from prose to poetry 


Mini Poetry Interview with Thomas Whyte


26.40 relationship between editing others and own writing and organizing events 


30.55 stage fright, performance vs reading 


37. We talk about the honour of publishing people’s writing and hosting them at readings. @_amkozak @manaaaahil 


39. Current projects @inmagazine Descent – those who submitted will find out soon 


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


40. 49 Backyard Worlds: miniature creations by two sisters


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! 

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