An interview with Renée Sarojini Saklikar: Poetry, editing, and the path to finding a true passion

Interview by Marta Orellana; copy edited by Paige Shaw

This November, Renée Sarojini Saklikar will be presenting at our November 17, 2021, monthly meeting, “The nuance of poetry editing: A talk with Renée Sarojini Saklikar.

Editors BC is thrilled to welcome Renée—a poet, author, lawyer, and teacher—as she shares her insight into the world of editing poetry.

Her poetry book, children of air indiawon the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Prize, and she is co-author of the poetry and essay collection, Listening to the Bees, which won the 2019 Gold Medal Independent Publishers Book Award, Environment/Ecology

Renée answers questions about the qualities and skills that are important for a poetry editor, her journey from lawyer to editor, and the projects that have brought her success and fulfillment in her career.

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November 17, 2021: The Nuance of Poetry Editing: A talk by Renée Sarojini Saklikar

What: Editors BC monthly meeting
When: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 7:30–8:30 pm PST
Where: Online through Zoom
Cost: Free for Editors Canada members, $10 for non-members, and $5 for student non-members

Renée Sarojini Saklikar is an award-winning author, instructor, and editor who lives in Vancouver. By sharing examples from her own poetry, teaching, and editing, Saklikar will answer the question, “What qualities and skills are important for a poetry editor?” 

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October 20, 2021: Indigenous Editing

What: Editors BC monthly meeting
When: Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 7:30 to 8:30 pm PDT
Where: Online through Zoom
Cost: Free for Editors Canada members, $10 for non-members, and $5 for student non-members

Join us for a conversation about working with Indigenous writers and editors led by Rhonda Kronyk, a Settler/Dene writing, editing, and grant-writing consultant. 

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April 21, 2021: Writing and Publishing Children’s Books for a Niche Audience

What: Editors BC monthly meeting
When: Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 7:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Online through Zoom
Cost: Free for Editors Canada members, $5 non-members and students

Elspeth Rae and Rowena Rae are sisters who believe in a world where all children learn to read with confidence and have the chance to discover the pleasure of being lost in a good book.

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March 17, 2021: Make Word Work for You: Tips and Tricks, Macros, and Wildcards

What: Editors BC monthly meeting
When: Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 7:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Online through Zoom
Cost: Free for Editors BC members, non-members, and students.

Most editors work with Microsoft Word, but many of us still have not unlocked or discovered all of its tricks.

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February 17, 2021: Taking Care of Life Stories

What: Editors BC monthly meeting
When: Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 7:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Online through Zoom
Cost: Free for Editors BC members, non-members, and students.

Stories are the fabric of our lives that make us who we are. Caring for life stories—whether it is your own or one that you have been entrusted to help mould—is a delicate and important responsibility.

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January 20, 2021: Writing and Editing for the Web

What: Editors BC monthly meeting
When: Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 7:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Online through Zoom
Cost: Free for Editors BC members, non-members, and students.

Our language has changed over the years, and so has the way our audiences read. So much of what we write ends up on the web, and as editors and writers, there are ways we can make sure that our copy is suitable for an online audience.

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