Sharanpal Ruprai

2019–2020 Canadian Writer-in-Residence

Sharanpal Ruprai

Sharanpal Ruprai is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg. Ruprai’s début poetry collection, Seva, was a finalist for the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry by the Alberta Literary Awards. Her poetry is featured in a number of anthologies: GUSH: Menstrual Manifestos for Our Time, The Calgary Renaissance, Red Silk: An Anthology of South Asian Canadian Women Poets, and Exposed. Pressure Cooker Love Bomb is her second collection of poetry.

Sharanpal's residency runs from September 1, 2019–June 30, 2020.

Pressure Cooker Love Bomb

Poems masquerading as recipes, poems masquerading as survival guides, poems simmered in love, Pressure Cooker Love Bomb is a humorous collection of poems. Ruprai’s second collection is infused with intense sexuality, racial tensions, and questions of gender conformity. With various textures of poems, the collection reads as a woman of colour’s manifesto with instructions.

Cover of Pressure Cooker Love Bomb. Cover is a vibrant orange with the title in sans serif lowercase font, with a red chili and a green chili forming a heart beneath the title text.

A feat and feast of poems

Pressure Cooker Love Bomb is a feat and feast of poems. Ruprai serves the reader a taste of the acidity and sweetness that is born from brown life—always lived under pressure.
—Vivek Shraya, author of I'm Afraid of Men and even this page is white

What's a love bomb?

Question: What's a love bomb? Answer: Anything it can reach, including the marriage rules your mother followed. Sharanpal Ruprai takes a close-up look at love and other recipes for disaster with these poems from inside the pressure-cooker of romantic expectation. Like a "Modern Love" columnist for Sikh women on the prairies, Ruprai reminds us that "love knows how love set on low marinates and cures." It's cold out there; come on in to this book with its escapades, it's loopholes, and its rule-breaking heat. 

—Tanis MacDonald, author of Out of Line: Daring to Be an Artist Outside the Big City