Shadi Eskandani (she/her) is a poet, writer, and soothsayer, who spent her formative years living under the rule of the Islamic Republic, during the Iran-Iraq war. Her recently debuted chapbook, Contusions (Locked Horn) is about the in-betweenness of longing and belonging, and the constant negotiation of those states in shaping my identity. It’s also very much about emotional dislocation and the promise of healing.
Shadi’s work has appeared in TOK: Writing the New Toronto and Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War, Faith and Sexuality. She has co-edited Homebound: Muslim Women’s Poetry Collection (Volumes I and II), and translated award-winning Iranian children’s book, Good Night Commander.
Shadi holds an MA in Social Anthropology from York University and has studied poetry with Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation and Diaspora Dialogues Mentorship Program. She is also the winner of the 2020 LHP Urgency Chapbook contest.
Shadi lives in Tkaronto (Toronto) on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. When Shadi is not writing, she is immersed in the esoteric and running an intuitive healing arts practice.
You can find Shadi on Instagram (@shadi_esk) and Twitter (@shadiesk) or visit her websites (www.shadieskandani.com | www.aatashiha.com)