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English Teacher

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
$30 per hour
May 27, 2018

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MFA, Creative Writing

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, May 2018

Thesis: Blue Jackal: go (no more) further beyond. Grade: 95%

GSA Award & Provost’s Choice Award

Post Graduate Diploma, Development Studies

University of East Anglia, Norwich, England. November 2006

B.A., Liberal Arts (Concentration: Literature and Language)

Sarah Lawrence College, New York, USA. 2004

Intensive Language Year Abroad: Paris, Reid Hall & Paris X

Marguerite W. Award for Academic Excellence(2002--4)

MREM, Master’s in Natural Resource and Environmental Management

North South University, Bangladesh. March 2014

High School Diploma

Ruam Rudee International School, Thailand. 2000.

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Certification

TEFL International, Ban phe, Thailand. October 2008.


Fluency: English, French Basic: Bangla

Nationality: Canadian (by birth)


Teaching Assistant, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, September- December 2016 & September 2017- April 2018. Lecture presentation (300+ students), written evaluation, grading (50 70 students) and office hours with students.

English Tutor, Global Ivy English Language Centre, Vancouver, Canada, November 2016 – April 2017. English tutoring (Eng. Lit essays, college applications).

Senior Feature Writer, Depart Art Journal, Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 2012- July 2016. Writing and editing art criticism, researched and feature-length articles in light of critical theory. Available in print and on-line: Skills: Co-ordinating with the magazine team, editor and executive editors; excellent Written Communication; Paper editing; layout; working in a high-paced environment.

Editorial Assistant. New Age, Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 2011- November 11 2011. Editing, writing editorials and op-eds. Skills: Excellent Written Communication; Paper editing; layout; working in a high-paced environment.

Research Assistant. Waste Concern, Dhaka, Bangladesh, February June 2011. Designing training modules and assisting in the development of a website for partners in Waste Concern’s waste-to-energy environmental projects. Skills: Interpersonal skills,

English Teacher, Access Academy, Asian University for Women (AUW). Chittagong, Bangladesh, Fall 2009-Spring 2010. Teaching English Literature and Language reading, writing and presentation in preparation for the liberal-arts curriculum of AUW to students from divergent backgrounds and countries; bridging linguistic and developmental gaps.

English Instructor, Language Centre, Asian Institute of Technology. Bangkok, Thailand, Summer 2009. English language classes for post-graduate students from dozens of Asian countries for graduate-level study at AIT as well as IELTS-essays.

English Teacher, Minburi Suksa. Minburi, Thailand, Spring 2009 Teaching English to all high-school classes and KG 2- 3. Focused on incorporating non-verbal interdisciplinary arts techniques (dance, drama, etc.).

English Teacher, Assumption College. Chonburi, Thailand, Winter 2009. Teaching English Language, Listening and Presentation to Mathyom 4 and 5 (Ages 16-18) students.

Volunteer, People’s Empowerment Foundation, Bangkok, Thailand, 2009.

Assisting in reports on the conditions of Rohingya Refugees in Ranong Detention Centre in order to propose long-term solutions to their predicament as stateless POC’s (People of Concern) to Thai government and Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Skills: Initiative, interpersonal skills.

Intern, International Labor Organization (ILO), Geneva, Switzerland, January-July 2007. Drafting inputs and research for the Global Report on the Right to Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining, and the Impact Assessment of ILO’s Technical Cooperation Projects in Indonesia and Morocco on Trafficking and Forced Labor and Discrimination. Focus on analysis of gender issues, labor rights conventions, trafficking, forced, domestic and migrant labor.

Outreach Volunteer, Afghan Action, London, UK, Winter 2006.

Identification of networks and established links with the Afghani Diaspora community (refugees and asylum seekers) in London, to inform them of AA’s work and services in Afghanistan and London and tabulating results into the AA networks database. Skills: Initiative, interpersonal skills.

Volunteer & researcher, Labour Behind the Label, Norwich, UK, Fall 2005.

Research on Supply Chains and Labour Rights in Asian countries for the Annual Wearing Thin Report. Assisted in the China Labour Rights Conference, including managing workshop logistics, networking with Clean Clothes Campaign’s partners in Europe and China as well as Amnesty International and Oxfam. Skills: Interpersonal; creation of brochure.

Research Assistant, ARRPEEC, Asian Institute of Technology. Bangkok, Thailand, Summer 2005.Tabulating data from proposals for Clean Development Mechanism and Renewable Energy projects for the Asian Regional Research Program in Energy, Environment and Climate (ARRPEEC).

Writer, Asian Disaster Prevention Centre (ADPC). Bangkok, Thailand, Summer 2005.

Preparing comparison and evaluation of ADPC's Public Awareness Campaigns and Social Marketing Methods, incorporating lessons learnt in case-study Asian countries. Skills: Creation of brochure.

Teacher, Right-to-Write Program, Valhalla Correctional Facility. Yonkers, New York. 2003- 2004. Co-teaching creative writing workshops to women prisoners. Designed curriculum with focus on developing self-expression and self-esteem. Skills: Interpersonal.

Mentor for Street-Girls, Aparajeyo. Dhaka, Bangladesh, Summer 2002.

Mentored girls (ages 8 to 18), street-children who were selected for the education/work program of Aparajeyo.


Poetry Books

Bootsole Unbound: By the Wayside of Mystery. University Press Limited: Dhaka, 2005. Readings at Bishaud Bangla, Chittagong & Sarah Lawrence College, New York.

Ramblings. University Press Limited: Dhaka, 1997.

Publications (short list)

“Flower with no roots? Genealogies of her transmutations, Tantra,” Part I & II, Fragments, April-May 2018.

“Let lightning strike me: Charalnama’s deconstruction of Tagorian haute ‘culture,’” Depart Art Journal, January-June 2017 (22nd Issue).

“Only Connect: the third edition,” Depart Art Journal, September-December 2016 (21rst Issue).

“Hybridity and holarchy in Gods and Beasts: Disjunctures and Continuities in the Mythos of Ronni,” Depart Art Journal, January-June, 2016.

“Chills from the periphery,” Depart Art Journal, January-June, 2015.

“Re-cognizing transience in Taziyeh and Darbar”, Depart Art Journal, June-September, 2014.

“Conspiritual, the never-ending novum and its primal danger, Depart Art Journal, June-September 2014.

“Reading Bangkok: The deflected gaze in the e/ il usive city”, Depart Art Journal, June-September 2014.

“Breaking through minimalism”, Depart Art Journal, June-September 2014.

“The hint of blue ages”, “Price of Rice,” and “Golden Afternoon,” in Six Seasons Review, Bengal Foundation, 2014.

“Intimations of an Estranged Familiar” Depart Art Journal, January-June 2014

“Staging of the Contemporary in Dhaka Art Summit” Depart Art Journal, January-June 2014

“Unfinished paradise in an unscheduled Venice: functionality and aesthetics in the expansion of Mughal Dhaka”, Depart Art Journal, June-September 2012.

“The polemic of postmodernism in search for language and continuity: 15th Asian Art Biennale”, Depart Art Journal January-June 2013.

‘Shadow-boxing with his(s-)story: The Young Man was(Part 1: United Red Army)”, Depart Art Journal June-September 2012.

“A tale of two mockingbirds: Public reaction in Pohela Boishakh and echoing namelessness,” Dhaka Tribune, 2015.

‘Fruits of her labour,” Daily New Age, March 16, 2014.

“Patriarchy in a Hiccupocracy” Daily Star Magazine. May 2012.

‘Lady or the Tiger? Rhetorical Nationalism vs. Real Sovereignty.’ New Age. July 4. 2011.

“Public Awareness and Social Marketing in Case Study Countries”, ADPC: Bangkok, 2005.

“Dhaka, nightly”, New Age Literary Supplement. August 2011. Reading at Goethe Institute.

“Sketches in Limbo”, Monsoon Letters. May 2012.

“Soothsayer,” in Monsoon Letters: Poetry Anthology, UPL: Dhaka. 2015.

“A Kerosene lamp”, Fulcrum Literary Journal, Lameduck Books, Cambridge, Boston, USA. September 2006.

REFERENCES & Other Interests

Keith Maillard

Professor & Author

Creative Writing, UBC


Mustapha Zaman

Editor, Artist & Curator

Depart Art Journal & National Museum


Poetry Readings

Readings from published poetry in Fulcrum’s fifth Issue and recent poetry. Harvard Square, Lame Duck Books, 2007.

Recitation of ‘Dhaka Nightly’ at Goethe Institute, Dhaka. 2012.

Readings from “Bootsole Unbound” in Bishad Bangla Asian Performance and Cultural Center, Chittagong, 2011.

Readings (excerpts from thesis), Cottage Bistro, Vancouver, Canada, September 2017.

Performance/Other Interests

Staging of self-directed and written duet performance, “The Black Butterfly of Banani,” in Longitude Latitude Art Gallery, Banani, Dhaka. 2015.

Classes at Shadhana Dance School/Cultural Circle. 2015.

Recitation of translated poetry/songs of Lalon with electric guitar and traditional instruments, Theatre Institute, Chittagong, 2010.

Omkara School Dance Performance, Geneva, 2007.

Classical Indian Dance interpretation of Herman Hesse’s Siddharta, Norwich Theatre, East Anglia, England.

Classes in Dance Choreography, Reid Hall, Paris, 2002-3.

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