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Preeti Kaur Dhaliwal (she/her) is a critical race feminist, writer, lawyer, college prof and facilitator who grew up on the traditional territories of the Semiahmoo, Katzie, Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen, Qayqayt, Tsawwassen and Musqueam First Nations (also known as Surrey and North Delta, British Columbia). Before leaving her legal career to pursue a Master of Laws, Preeti articled at a boutique litigation firm in Tkaronto and clerked at the Federal Court of Canada. In her LLM, she used theatre, creative writing and performance art to investigate how law lives in the body, with a focus on race. She then pursued an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph where she completed her manuscript for a hybrid novel. Preeti’s writing has appeared in PRISM international, Looseleaf Magazine, the Community Building Art Works Anthology: We Were Not Alone, the Festival of Literary Diversity’s program, alt. theatre magazine, Theatre Research in Canada and No Foundations, amongst other publications. 

With over 15 years of facilitation and teaching experience, Preeti is committed to arts-based methodologies as a source of personal and collective empowerment, transformation and social change. She has taught creative writing at Guelph-Humber College, led arts-based workshops across the country, and firmly believes that stories change the world by altering our ways of seeing, feeling and being with one another and the planet. In her non-writing time, Preeti loves to hang out with moss, sit with the ocean, collage and sing.

Preeti is represented by Chelene Knight.