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Manahil Bandukwala is a writer and visual artist originally from Pakistan and now settled in Canada. In 2021, she was shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award. She works as Coordinating Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine, and is Digital Content Editor for Canthius. She is a member of Ottawa-based collaborative writing group VII. Her project Reth aur Reghistan is a multidisciplinary exploration of folklore from Pakistan interpreted through poetry and sculpture. She holds an MA in English from the University of Waterloo. MONUMENT is her first book.

Ali Hassan is a stand-up comedian, actor, and professional chef. He is the host of CBC’s Canada Reads and Laugh Out Loud. He is also a guest host on CBC q. His comedy has been performed at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and Toronto’s JFL42. He is a Canadian Comedy Awards nominee, and his show, Muslim, Interrupted, was performed at the world’s largest comedy festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has appeared in the award-winning films, Breakaway, French Immersion, and Goon, in addition to other film and TV roles, most recently CBC’s Run the Burbs. He and his family live in Toronto. Follow him @StandUpAli or StandUpAli.com.