The Writers’ Trust of Canada announced today that Farzana Doctor will receive the fifth annual Dayne Ogilvie Grant at a special event on June 20, 2011. The $4,000 grant, funded by an endowment established by Robin Pacific, is given annually to an emerging gay or lesbian writer who demonstrates great literary promise through a body of work of exceptional quality.
Farzana Doctor is the author of two novels, Stealing Nasreen and Six Metres of Pavement. Doctor has also written on social work and diversity-related topics, and provides private practice consulting and psychotherapy services. She is a long-time activist in the queer and South Asian communities and is a co-curator of the Brockton Writers Series. She lives in Toronto.
The winner was selected by a jury composed of authors Jen Sookfong Lee, Jeffrey Round, and Zoe Whittall.
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