SLAM SUNDAY - LONGING FOR YOU

May 2021

Nisha's love poem, Longing for You, is written for her soulmate. It takes us through snippets of memories and wishes, while being hopeful of the future the couple wants to build together.

NATIONAL POETRY MONTH WITH CBC

April 2021

Some days, it's hard to love yourself. Edmonton poet laureate Nisha Patel puts that feeling in verse

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PODCAST INTERVIEW WITH NEWEST PRESS AUDIO

March 2021

Nisha talks about her debut poetry collection COCONUT, as well as the differences between spoken word and written, chapbooks and other books, and India and Canada.

March 2021

How young, diverse voices are leading a resurgence of poetry in Canada

March 2021

Edmonton's Poet Laureate Nisha Patel is debuting her first collection, speaking on equality, racism, and identity. Ashna Bharkhada reports.

January 2021

Nisha discusses her new position as Regional Writer in Residence with FortSaskOnline

NISHA ON 630 CHED AFTERNOONS

January 2021

Listen to Nisha Patel talk with J'lyn Nye on 630 CHED Afternoons about poetry, being a poet laureate, and what to expect with her new role as Regional Writer in Residence.

THE POWER OF POETRY

January 2021

Nisha Patel talks to CBC Edmonton about the power of poetry and Amanda Gorman.

STRATHCONA COUNTY LIBRARY WELCOMES NEW REGIONAL WRITERS IN RESIDENCE

January 2021

Nisha Patel joins the Strathcona County Library as a Regional Writer in Residence, mentoring local aspiring writers.

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ENTER NISHA: YOUR NEW WRITER IN RESIDENCE

January 2021

Edmonton's current poet laureate has a new gig to cap off all of her other current projects. She will be virtually accessible for the calendar year as the metropolitan area's regional writer in residence.

CKUA RADIO INTERVIEW: NISHA PATEL, YOUR NEW REGIONAL WRITER IN RESIDENCE

January 2021

Recently, CKUA’s Grant Stovel spoke with the award-winning Indo-Canadian poet about her new position with the St. Albert Public Library and Strathcona County Library.

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WAX POETIC, CO-OP RADIO, 100.5FM

January 2021

Listen to Nisha Patel recite poetry, answer questions, and talk about her new book, Coconut, with Vancouver-based radio show Wax Poetic (January 6th)

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2021 LIBRARY WRITERS-IN-RESIDENCE

January 2021

Queer poet and artist Nisha Patel — also Edmonton’s poet laureate will take on the Regional Writer in Residence position, which includes St. Albert Public Library and Strathcona County Library.

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ON WRITING, AESTHETICS, AND BOOK LOOKS

December 2020

Nisha talks with Culture Fancier about COVID, book looks, and supporting BIPOC creators 

THIS POEM IS ALIVE

December 2020

The newest writing by Edmonton’s poet laureate, Nisha Patel, has something in common with every single person in the world right now: COVID-19.

CTV NEWS EDMONTON: POET LAUREATE PERFORMANCE

December 2020

Nisha talks about her Poet Laureate Performance with Kent Morrison from CTV News Edmonton

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LIKE THE HOARFROST

DECEMBER 2020

Listen to "Like the Hoarfrost" by Nisha on the "Travel writer reflects on how winter affects our psyches" episode of CBC Radio's The Sunday Magazine Podcast

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ON POETRY, TRUTH, AND HISTORY: AN INTERVIEW WITH NISHA PATEL

 NOVEMBER 2020

Nisha talks to The Puritan about her new book, Coconut, and how she approaches writing on illness and fatphobia while grappling with stereotypes of diaspora poetry.

NISHA PATEL ON LADIESCORNER.CA

March 2020

Nisha talks with LadiersCorner about her poetry, which speaks to themes of race, feminism, and identity, focusing strongly on her struggles and triumphs as a woman of colour. 

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GATEWAY: ON QUEER POETRY

March 2020

Nisha chats with Bree about being a queer poet, also featuring Matthew Stepanic and Jordan Abel. 

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EXTERNAL RELATIONS: NISHA PATEL

September 2019

Nisha talks with Lazy Fair magazine about being an artist and poet, the challenges, and her journey.

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6 PIECES ON POETRY WITH NISHA PATEL

July 2019

Nisha answers 6 questions about poetry with the League of Canadian Poets.

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Q&A WITH NISHA PATEL, 2019-2021 EDMONTON POET LAUREATE

July 2019

Nisha Patel, well-known Edmonton Poet and U of A Alumnus was recently named the Edmonton Poet Laureate

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CBC: NEW, YOUNG FACE OF POETRY BECOMES EDMONTON POET LAUREATE

June 2019

Nisha speaks to her plans as the new Poet Laureate at the announcement with Mayor Don Iveson, as well as an interview from her mother.

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TRANSFORMING EDMONTON: NISHA PATEL, CITY OF EDMONTON POET LAUREATE

June 2019

Nisha Patel is a unique kind of city planner in Edmonton. She zones for the heart. So Edmontonians can build an affection for this place.

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CBC RADIO ACTIVE: NISHA PATEL BECOMES EDMONTON'S POET LAUREATE

June 2019

Nisha talks about her plans for her new position as Poet Laureate for the City of Edmonton.

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PHILAB

June 2019

In this interview, PhiLab Ontario Hub Coordinator Kristen Pue talks to Nisha about her work, Canada’s poetry scene, and the arts funding ecosystem. Nisha discusses how she funds her craft, as well as what funders could do to make it easier for poets to invest in themselves.

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DAZE MAGAZINE

Apri 2019

Edmonton poet Nisha Patel on performing and creating space. Interviewed by Matthew James Weigel.

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

March 2019

Besides being a Mill Woods girl and a spoken word poet, Patel is a business grad from the University of Alberta, the producer of the Edmonton Poetry Festival, and a political junkie who remembers skipping class and taking the LRT to watch City Council meetings.