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Mahak Jain

Mahak Jain

Professor

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

mahak.jain@sheridancollege.ca

Mahak Jain is a professor in the Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing and Publishing program. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph and writes fiction and poetry for young people and adults.

Mahak is passionate about the imagination and the arts and is the author of three picture books on the subject: Maya (illust. by Elly Mackay), winner of the South Asia Book AwardBharatanatyam in Ballet Shoes (illust. by Anu Chouhan), forthcoming in spring 2022; and a third picture book, forthcoming in spring 2023. Her adult fiction has been longlisted for the Journey Prize and has appeared in literary magazines in Canada and the United States. 

Mahak is also passionate about literary citizenship. As a past host and organizer of the Emerging Writers Reading Series, she curated and developed programming featuring underrepresented and emerging voices. She has taught and mentored creative writing for community organizations such as the Toronto Arts Council, Toronto Public Library, and Inkwell Workshops. She brings an inclusive and intersectional approach to the classroom, including in her reading lists, which tend to be eclectic.

As well as being an author, Mahak was previously the Program Administrator for the University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA and the Managing Editor at Owlkids. She has edited books for Penguin Random House Canada for Young Readers, Annick Press, and Kids Can Press. She currently acquires and edits fiction for Buckrider Books/Wolsak & Wynn. Mahak's interests and experience are wide ranging, and she encourages students to use the classroom to explore their curiosities as well.

Teaching Interests

  • creative writing, children's and young adult literature, literary fiction, creative writing pedagogy, science fiction and fantasy, substantive editing

Book Chapters

  • Jain, M. (2016). The Origin of Jaanvi. In The Journey Prize Stories 28. McClelland & Stewart.

  • Jain, M. (2020). Mahak Jain - January 23, 2019 (Interview). In In | Appropriate. Gordon Hill Press.

Books

Journal Articles

  • Jain, M. (2020). We Are Only Human.Bellevue Literary Review.

  • Jain, M. (2020). A Secure Form of Living.Gulf Coast.

  • Jain, M. (2020). Wild Fire.Canadian Notes & Queries.

  • Jain, M. (2019). The Marriage Broker.The New Quarterly.

  • Jain, M. (2017). Rohan, Rohan, Rohini!.PRISM international.

  • Jain, M. (2016). In Transit.Humber Literary Review.

  • Jain, M. (2015). The Origin of Jaanvi.Joyland.

  • Jain, M. (2015). The Museum of Wooden Hearts.The New Quarterly.

  • Jain, M. (2014). The Bluff.Room Magazine.

Grants

  • "A Novel". Canada Council for the Arts. $.
    Mahak Jain (Principle Investigator), John Smith (Principle Investigator), Abdul Mohammed, Becky Smith.

  • "A Novel". Ontario Arts Council. $.
    Mahak Jain (Principle Investigator).

  • "Professional Development". Ontario Arts Council. $.
    Mahak Jain (Principle Investigator), John Smith (Principle Investigator), Abdul Mohammed, Becky Smith.

  • "Short Stories". Ontario Arts Council. $.
    Mahak Jain (Principle Investigator), John Smith (Principle Investigator), Abdul Mohammed, Becky Smith.

  • "Short Stories". Toronto Arts Council. $.
    Mahak Jain (Principle Investigator), John Smith (Principle Investigator), Abdul Mohammed, Becky Smith.

  • "Short Stories". Canada Council for the Arts. $.
    Mahak Jain (Principle Investigator), John Smith (Principle Investigator), Abdul Mohammed, Becky Smith.

  • "A Novel". Ontario Arts Council. Writers' Reserve Grant. $.
    Mahak Jain (Principle Investigator), John Smith (Principle Investigator), Abdul Mohammed, Becky Smith.

  • "Children's Book Jam". SRCA. Growth Grant. $. 2021.
    Mahak Jain (Co-Investigator), Brandon McFarlane (Principle Investigator), Hyein Lee, Owen Percy, Kylie Hartley.

  • "Newcomer and Refugee Artist Mentorship". Toronto Arts Council. $.
    Mahak Jain (Co-Investigator), Yannis Lobaina (Principle).

  • "Master of Fine Arts - Thesis". SSHRC. $.
    Mahak Jain (Principle Investigator).

  • "Master of Fine Arts - Thesis". OGS. $.
    Mahak Jain (Principle Investigator).

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