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Coconut
By (author): Nisha Patel

ISBN:

9781774390238

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General/trade
Mar 30, 2021
$19.95 CAD
Forthcoming

Dimensions:

9in x 6 x 0 in | 0 lb

Page Count:

108 pages
NeWest Press
POETRY / Canadian / General

In her debut collection, Canadian National Slam Champion Nisha Patel commands her formidable insight and youthful, engaged voice to relay experiences of racism, sexuality, empowerment, grief, and love. These are vitally political, feminist poems for young women of colour, with bold portrayals of confession, hurt, and healing.

Coconut rises fiercely like the sun. These poems bestow light and warmth and the ability to witness the world, but they ask for more than basking; they ask readers to grow and warn that they can be burnt. Above all, Nisha Patel's work questions and challenges propriety and what it means to be a good woman, second-generation immigrant, daughter, consumer, and lover.


  • A powerful debut by one of Canada’s best slam poets.
  • Author is the current Poet Laureate of Edmonton and the Canadian Individual Slam Champion.

Nisha Patel is a queer spoken word poet and artist. She is the City of Edmonton's 8th Poet Laureate and the 2019 Canadian Individual Slam Champion. She is a prominent organizer and community builder, having worked with festivals across Canada, participating in both the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and the Canadian Individual Slam Championship. Her chapbooks, Limited Success, Water, Edmonton Girl, and I See You have reached audiences around the world with their discussions of family and grief, racism, and feminism. Over the years, Nisha has led many workshops and performed from small town Moose Jaw to metropolitan Seoul, South Korea over the course of four national and international tours. With nearly 200 performances to date, Nisha is committed to furthering her goals of reaching audiences that need it and the pursuit of excellence in spoken word. To that end, she has self-started community-focused residencies and mentored poets from multiple disciplines, curated showcases, taught performance and writing, and worked within new genres. She interviews poets on her side blog, Chai Latte, where she seeks to illuminate emerging BIPOC voices. In 2019, she founded a national queer femme South Asian artist collective, Maza Arts, and founded Moon Jelly House, a publishing house centering the work of marginalized poets.


  • Early digital ARC. [Available now]
  • Announcement of book’s release by email newsletter and on the NeWest Press Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.
  • Podcast reading/interview posted on iTunes, RSS feed, Facebook, and NeWest website.
  • Press releases and review mail-outs to various CBC outlets across the nation, both radio and television.
  • Submit to all eligible awards.
  • Ads in subTerrain, Alberta Views, Prairie Books Now, CNQ: Canadian Notes and Queries, Glass Buffalo, PRISM international, and Prairie Fire.
  • Launch events in Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver, as well as online.


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