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Dr. Sharanpal Ruprai

Sharanpal Ruprai Title: Associate Professor and Chair
Phone: 204.789.1412
Office: 4G10
Building: Graham Hall
Email: s.ruprai@uwinnipeg.ca


2013    Doctorate of Philosophy Humanities – York University

2007    Master of Arts English – University of Calgary

2003    Bachelor of Arts English Honours – University of Winnipeg 

2000    Bachelor of Education – University of Winnipeg 

Dr. Sharanpal Ruprai is a writer and Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg. Ruprai’s début poetry collection, Seva was shortlisted for the Stephen G. Stephansson Award for Poetry by the Alberta Literary Awards in 2015, and her most recent collection, Pressure Cooker Love Bomb, was shortlisted for the prestigious 2020 Annual Lambda Literary Awards. As an interdisciplinary humanities scholar, her research and teaching interests include: indigenous and critical race feminism, religious and cultural studies and artistic practice. Currently, Ruprai is working on a collection of essays entitled Who You Calling a Kaur/Princess? By juxtaposing novels, plays, poetry collections, and films, the book explores issues such as religion, gender violence, and identity, within the specific context of the Canadian South Asian women’s experience.



Pressure Cooker Love Bomb Shortlisted for the 2020 Lambda Literary Awards: Lesbian Poetry

April 2015

Seva Shortlisted for the 2015 Alberta Literary Awards: Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry



Pressure Cooker Love Bomb. Calgary, Frontenac House. 2019.

Seva. Calgary, Frontenac House Ltd. 2014.



“We Do Not Speak of “These Things”: Defenses for Behzti (Dishonour) by Gurpreet Bhatti.” South Asian Review, 29.1 (2008): 115-130


Book Reviews

Review of In the Wake of Loss: Short Stories by Sheila James, The Fourth Canvas by Rana Bose and Her Mother’s Ashes 3: Stories by South Asian Women in Canada and the United States edited by Nurjehan Aziz. Canadian Literature: Prison Writing #208. Spring 2011 (pg.165 - 166) 

Review of Valley Sutra by Gill, Kuldip Gill, Enter the Chrysanthemum by Fiona Timwei Lam, Fish Bones by Gillian Sze and Reticent Bodies by Moez Surani. Canadian Literature: Mordecai Richler #207. Winter 2010, (pg. 141 - 142) 

Review of Shopping for Sabzi by Nitin Deckha and The Sherpa and Other Stories by Nila Gupta. Canadian Literature: Mordecai Richler #207. Winter 2010, (pg. 207 - 207)


Literary Journalism

Editor's Notes. Contemporary Verse 2 25.1 (2002) 5-8.

E-mail interview with Alice Major. Contemporary Verse 2 25.1 (2002): 27-29.

Interview with George Elliott Clarke. Contemporary Verse 2 24.2 (2001): 15-24. 

Interview with Gregory Scofield. Contemporary Verse 2 24.2 (2001): 42-48.


Publications in Anthologies

15 poems. Red Silk: An Anthology of South Asian Canadian Women Poets. Eds. Rishma Dunlop and Priscila Uppal. Toronto: Mansfield Press, 2004. 97-111.

12 poems. Exposed. Ed. Catherine Hunter. Winnipeg: Muses' Company, 2002. 55-67.


Publications in Literary Journals

“Entanglement.” TRIVIA: Voices of Feminism: Issue #12 (online). October 2010. 

“Gurdwara in Five Acts.” Canadian Literature: 50th Anniversary Interventions 204 (2010): 43.

"Balance" and "Doll." Poems. Race Poetry, Eh? Ed. Ashok Mathur. Special Issue of Prairie Fire 21.4 (2001) 99 - 100.


Creative Exhibitions

Sept. 2010       
“Archiving Sikh Women’s History through Film: Sikh Women in the Kitchen, an Experimental Film Narrative” Canadian Women Writers Conference: Connecting Texts and Generations. University of Alberta

Sept. 2009       
(Narrow Field of Vision): Experimental Film. Spinning Wheel Film Festival, Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum