For the past four decades, Vancouver-based author Tāriq Malik has worked across poetry, fiction, and visual arts, to distil immersive and compelling narratives that are always original and intriguing. He writes intensely in response to the world in flux around him and of his place in its shadows. Born in Pakistani Punjab, he came reluctantly late to these shores. To get here, he first had to survive three wars, two migrations, and two decades in the Kuwaiti desert. He loves landscapes, bodies of living water large and small, and readers and listeners, and claims he writes so that he has something to read on Open Mike at the local Poet's Corner or on the hallowed grounds of public libraries. His first book, Exit Wounds, was published by Caitlin Press in 2022.