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== Awards ==
 
== Awards ==
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* 2019 Friends of Frontenac Park Research Award<ref>[https://www.sanitafejzic.com/writing/]</ref>
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* 2017 Lillian I. Found Poetry Prize sponsored by Carleton University and the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival
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==== Nominated ====
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* Shortlisted for the 2019 ''Malahat Review Long Poem Prize''<ref>[https://www.sanitafejzic.com/writing/]</ref>
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* “(M)other,” shortlisted for the 2018 CBC Poetry Prize<ref>[https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1446156355582]</ref>
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* Second place winner, 3MT Thesis Competition, Carleton University, 2017
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* ''Psychomachia'', shortlisted for the 2016 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest and shortlisted for the 2017 ReLit Awards.
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* ''To be Matthew Moore'', shortlisted for 2014 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest
  
 
== External Links ==
 
== External Links ==

Revision as of 02:41, 4 March 2021

Fejzić is pronounced fey-zitch:/fɛj – zɪtʃ /.[1]

Sanita Fejzić is an award-winning Canadian Bosnian novelist, poet, playwright, and scholar. Before focusing entirely on her literary career, she worked for various organizations in Canada and in Europe as a professional writer and editor.[2] She is best known for her book Psychomachia (2016) and poem (M)other (2018) which has since been published into a children’s book.

Life and Career

Currently based in Ottawa, she was born in Bosnia and immigrated to Canada. “At the age of seven, after experiencing the Siege of Sarajevo, she fled the Balkan War and was a refugee across Europe for five years with her mother and brother. Her father, who was stuck in the longest siege of modern history, joined them years later”.[3] Welcoming her to Ottawa, Canada was the great ice storm of 1997, “ an uncanny and stressful first winter in the Great White North” with the “soldiers from the Royal Regiment shoveling snow”.[4] Fejzić recalls the time when she first immigrated as a period where she did not have legal refugee status saying those were “deeply troubling beginnings” particularly as she recognized the idea of being an “unwanted body, politically at least”.[5]

As of March 2021, Fejzić is in Ottawa working as a playwright in residence at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC). Her script is called The Blissful State of Surrender, which is to be a story of a Bosnian family containing comedic elements that stem from the children and parents who have different cultural backgrounds and are no longer able to speak on the same terms as a result of immigration and their intergenerational state of traumas. Fejzić prefaces her script with “…the Bosnian immigrant’s imagination is as deep and complex as is their troubled history”. This statement demonstrating the point that “regardless of any autobiographical content, imagination drives her work”.[6]

In 2018, her play The Blissful State of Surrender was workshopped under the direction of Janet Irwin at the National Arts Centre. "It was read to the public (not a staging) on June 9, 2019, from 4-6 p.m. at the Ottawa Arts Court, following a week-long workshop series organized by TACTICS." The workshopped piece "featured talented actors including Dana Užarević and John Koensgen as the pair of Bosnian parents, Sarah Waisvisz, Doreen Taylor-Claxton and Danielle Savoie as the three daughters, and David daCosta as the family friend, Jidu". The final technical workshop for The Blissful State of Surrender took place online with TACTICS in April-May 2020.[7]

As of 2018, Fejzić was working on a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University.[8] Her Ph.D. work focuses on the ways in which words and literary works can inspire people to create futures where all beings can thrive, more specifically, she asks “how can language make us more sensitive and ethical towards other beings, including animals, plants, and elements such as land and water?”[9]

Fejzić has shared her expertise as a writer and editor in various ways. She has read some of her works at numerous events and has offered talks on creativity and living in an ethical way.[10]

Psychomachia 2016[11]

Aside from playwriting, Fejzić has produced an assortment of literary works. Her first work of fiction, Psychomania was published in 2016 by Quattro books. This book tells the story of Judith, a mother deciding to take revenge on the people who cyber-bullied her daughter Anne, which led to Anne’s suicide.[12] The story deals with themes of revenge, of violence against women, and of one’s relationship to the past.[13]

Fejzić also writes poems. Since 2015, her poems have been published in a variety of literary magazines. Her poem (M)other was one of four poems shortlisted for the 2018 CBC Poetry Prize.[14] In 2020, this poem was turned into a book illustrated by Alisa Arsenault and published by the editor Bouton d’or Acadie. The book was published both in English and in French, under the title Mères et monde.[15] In this poem, Fejzić addresses the theme of homonormativity by sharing her story as a mother in a home parental family. She and her partner have a son and her partner is the biological mother of the child. Fejzić describes situations in which school employees have insisted on finding father figures for her son who has two mothers.[16] Fejzić says about the book “C’est un livre qui devrait être, selon moi, [présent] dans toutes les classes d’enfants, à des fins éducatives et de sensibilisation. Parce que les écoles se veulent très progressives, mais c’est dans les écoles qu’on a eu, justement, le plus de difficultés” (This is a book that should, in my opinion, be in every classroom, in order to educate and raise awareness. Because schools want to be very inclusive, but it’s in schools, precisely, that we have met the most challenges).[17]

As well, Fejzić has written non-fiction works, including essays and academic pieces which have been published in different magazines and academic papers.[18]

Fejzić works not only as a writer but also as an editor. She was a co-editor for anthologies published by In/Words Magazine & Press which were both presented to the public at the Ottawa Writers Festival. In 2017, she co-edited Refuge(e) with Lise Rochefort.[19] This work was presented in October 2016 during the Ottawa Writers Festival. Refuge(e) is a combination of pieces, both academic and artistic that explore the refugee experience and the notion of refuge.[20] Fejzić’s second anthology, Dis(s)ent was co-edited with George Elliott Clarke, and was published in 2018. Dis(s)ent poses the question “How do capitalism, consumerism, and colonialism distort our perceptions of “reality” and confuse our relationships to each other—as citizens, as relatives, as participants in collectives, and/or as “free” individuals?”[21] This anthology was presented to the public on October 25th, 2018 as part of the Ottawa Writers Festival. According to the Ottawa Writers Festival Website, “ Environmental rights, Indigenous rights, women's rights, LGBTQ+ rights are at the forefront of the contributors’ minds. Dis(s)ent features stories that question human subjectivity and agency”.[22] Di(s)sent contains pieces created by artists of different origins and, like Refuge(e), Dis(s)ent combines pieces created using a variety of mediums.[23]

Fejzić has also worked as a critic. In October 2020, she reviewed movies for the LGBTQ+ film festival Inside Out.[24][25]

Works

Fiction

Short Story

Poetry

Plays

Non-Fiction: Creative and Academic

Awards

Won

  • 2019 Friends of Frontenac Park Research Award[26]
  • 2017 Lillian I. Found Poetry Prize sponsored by Carleton University and the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival

Nominated

  • Shortlisted for the 2019 Malahat Review Long Poem Prize[27]
  • “(M)other,” shortlisted for the 2018 CBC Poetry Prize[28]
  • Second place winner, 3MT Thesis Competition, Carleton University, 2017
  • Psychomachia, shortlisted for the 2016 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest and shortlisted for the 2017 ReLit Awards.
  • To be Matthew Moore, shortlisted for 2014 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest

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